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Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) Fee-for-Service


Are you looking to work as a marine engine driver within the commercial vessel maritime industry?

Individuals who hold a current Marine Engine Driver (MED) 3 licence have the ability to work in and command operation and maintenance of vessel engines, equipment and auxiliary systems in engine rooms on board different size and types of commercial vessels.

This license is issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

This qualification applies to people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency in the capacity of:

  • chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <500 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <750 kW within the EEZ or
  • chief or second engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ or
  • assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer or
  • worker in the engine room of vessels <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW.

This qualification is offered over a 12 month period through a blended delivery model of face-to-face and online training and assessment. The course can be completed prior to the 12 month period, however this is based on a student's current level of knowledge and experience.

02.1 Face-to-Face

The face-to-face component of this course is delivered over an eight day workshop. During the eight days you will complete training with, formative and summative assessment activities in the following environments:

  • Classroom
  • On board Paradigm Training Group vessels ranging from 5 to 18 metres
  • Fire fighting simulations
  • Safety at sea drills in sheltered waters
  • Engineer workshop
Prior to commencement of the face-to-face component of the course, online pre-learning and formative assessment activities must be completed. You will have online support from trainers and assessors throughout the duration of the course. Please note, if you are able to supply evidence of holding a current HLTAID011 Provide First Aid certificate you will only need to attend seven of the eight days. You are welcome to attend more than one face-to-face workshop during the 12 month program if you would like extra learning or if the trainer and assessor has identified that you need extra time in order to gain competence. Extra workshops incur no further costs and are included in your original course fee/s.

02.2 Online

Online activities consist of:

  • Multiple choice and other formative assessment questions
  • Reading learning materials
  • Fire fighting simulations
  • Reviewing slideshows and videos
  • Video, email, text and phone conversations with Trainers and Assessors

You will need a computer or tablet with internet access for the online components of this program.

03.1 Fire Training

  • Long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed shoes MUST be worn.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by PTG - Eye protection, gloves etc.

03.2 Safety at Sea Training

  • Swimwear and towel are required
  • Sunscreen MUST be worn for “Safety at Sea” units.

03.3 Vessel Handling

  • Students MUST wear appropriate clothing and enclosed footwear at all times while on training vessels.

03.4 Workshop

  • Overalls (Or similar)
  • Boots

The above resources are not included in the course fee and must be purchased or provided separately.

In order to successfully complete this qualification and gain your Certificate II in Maritime Operations - (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) you must demonstrate competency in all unit knowledge and skill requirements.

If you are unable to demonstrate competency in any of your unit activities or during the eight day face-to-face workshop, you will be invited to attend further workshops where you will be provided with support and further opportunities, for practice and to demonstrate the required competencies.

Pathways you may take from this qualification include:

  • MAR30821 - Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • MAR30921 - Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 Metres Near Coastal)
  • MAR40620 - Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 Metres Near Coastal)

06.1 Credit Transfer

If you have completed any single or multiple units in this qualification and can provide evidence in the form of a certificate and transcript issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or educational body, you may be eligible for credit transfer. You should consult with PTG for advice on this process.

06.2 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL recognises your existing experience gained through life or work for which you may not have obtained a formal qualification. If you are able to supply valid, sufficient, current and authentic evidence of having the skills and knowledge required for any or all of the required units for this qualification, you may be eligible for RPL and should consult with PTG for advice on this process.

This qualification is made up of 13 units of competency:

  • BSBTWK201 Work effectively with others
  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid
  • MARB028 Service marine internal combustion engines and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
  • MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
  • MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • MARC036 Operate deck machinery
  • MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
  • MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
  • MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices

The Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal Certificate of Competence is issued by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

In addition to your successful completion of the MAR20421 - Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) with PTG, to successfully gain your Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Licence you will also need to:

  1. Obtain qualifying sea service: 
  2. - 20 days qualifying sea service on commercial vessels with propulsion power over 75 kw that includes at least 10 days on vessels with inboard diesel engines and a completed AMSA approved task book; OR
  3. - 60 days qualifying sea service on vessels with propulsion power over 75 kw that includes at least 30 days on vessels with inboard diesel engines.
  4. You may be issued with a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC certificate restricted to outboard engines if:
    • You do not meet the requirements for qualifying sea service on vessels with inboard diesel engines mentioned above and,
    • - 20 days qualifying sea service on commercial vessels with propulsion power over 75 kw and a completed AMSA approved task book; or
    • - 60 days qualifying sea service on vessels with propulsion power over 75 kw.
  5. The qualifying sea service must be completed while performing duties as:
    • - Permitted for a Coxswain Grade 1 NC or Coxswain Grade 2 NC certificate;
    • - An assistant to an engine driver, to a chief engineer or to a second engineer;
    • - A general purpose hand.
  6. Complete an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA)
  7. Complete an eye sight test Certificate, AMSA document 542 (Colour blindness)
  8. Complete certificate of competency application, AMSA form 426
  9. Complete a Certificate of Medical Fitness for a Marine Qualification, AMSA document 559, where applicable

People seeking licensing certification should read Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels for licensing and sea service requirements.

As of 1st July 2018 the AMSA final assessment (AMSA orals) was replaced by the AMSA Maritime Practical Assessment (AMPA) final assessment.

The AMPA was designed to replace the oral examination process with a practical approach to licensing assessment. The purpose of the AMPA is to assess an individual’s competency against the performance requirements of a specific AMSA license outcome.

The AMPA is delivered by Paradigm Training Group (PTG) in accordance with AMSA regulations to allow students to successfully complete their AMSA final assessment and gain their low complexity interim certificate of competency (Interim license) prior to submitting the required licencing evidence to AMSA for processing.

09.1 How do you Complete the AMPA?

If you are a new Paradigm learner enrolling into a Maritime qualification and have selected the option to complete an AMPA, you will have the opportunity to do so as part of your eight day maritime training and assessment workshop. (Please note, the eight days are a minimum requirement).

If you have previously completed a maritime qualification with another RTO and would like to complete an AMPA for MED 3 the following will apply:

  • Attend a maritime training and assessment workshop for a minimum of two days, where you will be assessed against the required competencies. If during the initial assessment you are found to be ‘Not Yet Competent’, you will have the opportunity to;
  • Remain for the rest of the workshop and continue your assessment until found competent
  • Book in to a later workshop and be re-assessed

For more information regarding the AMPA [click here].

The ICoC is a 60 day interim license issued by PTG to seafarers who have successfully completed their licensing requirements as outlined in section 12.

To complete your ICoC you are required to book an appointment with PTG where your documents listed at section 13 will be checked and verified.

Please contact 1300 161 640 or info@paradigmtraining.edu.au to book an appointment.

Please visit the AMSA website for further information on AMSA Licenses, AMPAs and ICoCs.

Course Fee - $2,995.00

$1,500.00 of the course fee is due upon enrolment and prior to accessing the student online platform. The remaining $1,495.00 is due prior to the eight day practical workshop or once 50% of the course has been completed, whichever occurs first.

AMPA Fee - $500.00

$500.00 is due upon enrolment for those wishing to undertake the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) and gain a low complexity interim certificate of competency (ICoC).

ICoC Fees - $100.00

Where the AMPA application fee has been paid ($500.00 as above) the ICoC fee is included. Where the AMPA fee was not paid as part of an enrolment process, the ICoC fee payable is $100.00 upon booking your ICoC appointment with PTG.

Total Fee - $3,495.00

Each enrolment will have the AMPA and ICoC included in fees payable. If you do not wish to undertake the AMPA or ICoC as part of the course, please add discount 'Removal AMPA/ICoC Fee' when completing your enrolment form and payment.

Fees charged upon enrolment

  • $1,500.00 course fee deposit
  • $500.00 AMPA and ICOC fee

For information on PTG payment plans or possible funding options, contact us on 1300 161 640 or info@paradigmtraining.com.au


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