Qualification Details

Qualification DETAILS

Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal) Fee-for-Service


Are you looking to operate a commercial vessel up to 45 Metres?
Master up to 45 Metres qualification and licence holders are qualified to command:  
 Tourist boats
 Water taxis
 Work barges
 Jet boats
 Parasailing boats
 Other commercial vessels.

The Master up to 45 Metres Near Coastal certificate/ licence is issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Are you looking to operate a commercial vessel up to 45 Metres? Master up to 45 Metres qualification and licence holders are qualified to command yachts, tourist boats, water taxis, ferries, work barges, jet boats, parasailing boats, and other commercial vessels. The Master up to 45 Metres Near Coastal certificate/ licence is issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). This qualification applies to people working in the maritime industry seeking an AMSA certificate of competency in the capacity of master on commercial vessels up to 45 m in length within the EEZ or master on vessels up to 100 m in length in inshore waters, chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 100 m in length within the EEZ or undertake the duties and perform the functions of a General-Purpose Hand NC.

This qualification is offered over a 24-month period through a blended delivery model of face-to-face and online training and assessment. The face-to-face component is delivered over a sixteen-day workshop, including classroom training, onboard training, firefighting simulations, and safety at sea drills.

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 fifteen of the sixteen days. You are welcome to attend more than one face-to-face workshop during the 24-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.

Face-to-Face Workshop
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

Online Activities
These consist of:

  • Multiple choice and other formative assessment questions
  • Reading learning materials
  • 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.

Other resources that you will require for workshop days include: 

  • 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 et cetera.
  • Safety at sea: swimwear and towel are required. You may consider bringing a spare change of clothes. Sunscreen MUST be worn for Safety at Sea units.
  • Vessel handling: Students MUST wear appropriate clothing and enclosed footwear at all times while on training vessels.

These 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 IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 Metres 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 sixteen-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: MAR5320 - Diploma in Maritime Operations (Marine up to 100 Metres Near Coastal).

  • 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.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning: 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 22 units of competency, including: 

  • MARB046 Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • 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 
  • MARC047 Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services
  • MARA022 Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
  • MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
  • MARA024 Manage vessel stability
  • MARN009 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres
  • MARC051 Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH019 Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions
  • MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARN009 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres
  • RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined space
  • MARN013 Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARG007 Manage a small crew
  • MARC048 Monitor and manage vessel operations

The Master up to 45 Metres Near Coastal Certificate of Competence is issued by AMSA. Requirements include obtaining qualifying sea service, completing an AMSA Oral Examination, appropriate radio certificate of proficiency, HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid course, eyesight test Certificate, certificate of competency application, and a Certificate of Medical Fitness for a Marine Qualification, where applicable.

In addition to your successful completion of the MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal with PTG, to successfully gain your Licence you will also need to:

1. Obtain qualifying sea service: 
  • You need to show you have experience working on commercial vessels at least 12 metres long, while holding a Master less than 24 metres near coastal, Mate less than 80 metres near coastal, or a certificate AMSA considers equivalent. You can reduce the amount of sea service you need by completing an AMSA task book:180 days including 120 days in charge of a navigational watch.
  • Without an AMSA task book you will need (If you have completed a task book, you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application): 360 days including 240 days in charge of a navigational watch.
You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:
  • Record of sea service form 771 the on board sea service record from your task book a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.
  • An approved sea service log book.
2. Complete an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA).
3. Complete an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency (LROCP, SROCP or AWQ).
4. Complete a HLTAID011 Provide First Aid course and supply your certificate.
5. Complete an eyesight test Certificate, AMSA document 542 (Colour blindness)
6. Complete certificate of competency application, AMSA form 426.
7. 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.

Course Fee: $7995.00. 
$1,500.00 of the course fee is due upon enrolment and prior to accessing the student online platform. The remaining $6495.00 is due prior to the practical workshop or once 50% of the course has been completed, whichever occurs first.

Fees charged upon enrolment:
$1,500.00 course fee deposit.

For information on PTG payment plans or possible funding options, please contact Paradigm Training Group. 


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