Qualification Details

Qualification DETAILS

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)


The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) reflects the role of individuals who command a marine vessel;
Up to 12 metres in length, with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine
With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500kW for an inboard engine
That is carrying passengers inshore or as tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 (NM) Nautical Miles of a parent vessel within the (EEZ) Exclusive Economic Zone.

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Coxswain Grade 1 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.
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Are you looking to operate a commercial vessel up to 12 Metres?

Coxswain Grade 1 qualification and license holders are qualified to command:
Tourist boats
Water taxis
Work barges
Jet boats
Parasailing boats
Other commercial vessels.

The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a ‘Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal’ as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

The Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal certificate/license is issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) reflects the role of individuals who command a marine vessel:
Up to 12 metres in length,
With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500kw for an inboard engine
That is carrying passengers inshore or as tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
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 students current level of knowledge and experience.

02.1 Face-to-Face

The face-to-face component of this course is delivered over a eight day workshop. During the eight days you will complete training with formative and summative assessment activities in the following environments:
On board Paradigm Training Group vessels ranging from 5 to 18 Metres
Fire fighting simulations
Safety at sea drills in sheltered waters

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 their trainer and assessor throughout the duration of the course.
Please note: if you are able to supply evidence of holding a current HLTAID003 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
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 et cetera

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.
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 (Coxswain Grade 1 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:

MAR30918 - Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 Metres Near Coastal)
MAR30818 - Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 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:
The Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal Certificate of Competence is issued by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

In addition to your successful completion of the MAR20318 - Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade I Near Coastal) with PTG, to successfully gain your Coxwain Grade I Licence you will also need to:
  • 1. Obtain qualifying sea service:
    • 30 days at sea with a completed AMSA approved task book, - OR -
    • 240 days at sea (can be accrued by recreational vessel hours)
  • 2. Complete an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment, AMPA
  • 3. Complete an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency (LROCP, SROCP or AWQ)
  • 4. Complete a HLTAID003 Provide First Aid course and supply your certificate
People seeking licensing certification should read Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels for licensing and sea service requirements (Click for Link).
As of 1st July 2018 the AMSA final assessment (AMSA orals) were 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 Coxswain Grades 2 or 1 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, AMPA’s and ICoCs.

A fee will be required to contribute to the costs of the training through a co-contribution fee as required by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

The contribution fee is payable upon enrolment and prior to accessing the student online platform.

12.1 Co-Contribution Fees

Non-concessional - $100.00
Concessional - $472.00

12.2 Concessional Co-Contribution

To be eligible for concessional funding you must provide evidence that you:
Hold a Health Care Card or Concession Card issued under the Commonwealth Law or
Proof of a partner or dependent who holds a Health Care Card or Concession Card and that you are named on that card.

Please note, the co-contribution fee can be paid by another party if required (e.g., Partner, Employer, Parent).

Concessional co-contribution: When applying for a concessional co-contribution fee, ensure you add the discount code 'Cox1 Certificate 3 Guarantee Concession' at the billing step of the online enrolment form.

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).

Total Fee

Concessional - $600.00

Non-concessional  - $972.00

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

$472.00 Non-concession co-contribution course fee deposit, or
$100.00 Concessional co-contibution, and
$500.00 AMPA and ICOC fee (This can be paid at anytime prior to your AMPA)

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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At this location we have been blessed with a large training room to which we host first aid, navigation workshops and general learning presentations. For mariners in training, you’ll have direct and clear access to the Broadwater and Seaway via our PTG vessels during practical workshops. In your lunch breaks, indulge in onsite delicious delights with super friendly service from Espresso Twenty5 and The Galley.

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