Qualification Details

Qualification DETAILS

Coxswain Grade 3


The Coxswain Grade 3 course, incorporating units MARI003, MARK007, and MARN008, is designed for those seeking foundational skills in maritime operations. This course focuses on ensuring compliance with regulations for safe vessel operation, handling vessels up to 12 metres, and applying seamanship skills effectively. It's tailored for individuals aiming to work in the maritime industry, enhancing their competency in operating small vessels near coastal waters.

The Coxswain Grade 3 will allow an individual to:

1. Command and operate the engines of a vessel <12 m long;
(a) Carrying no more than 6 persons including crew and master unless the vessel is a tender, refer to (d)
(b) If the vessel is carrying passengers — only in daylight hours; and
(c) With propulsion power, for an inboard engine <100 kW; or for an outboard engine — <250 kW
(d) If the vessel is a tender that has a parent vessel

  • within 3 n mile of the parent vessel for a person who satisfies eligibility requirement (c) or (e) under Coxswain Grade 3 NC in Schedule 3; and
  • within 1 n mile of the parent vessel for a person not mentioned in subparagraph (i); and
  • in line of sight of the parent vessel; and
(e) If the vessel is not mentioned in paragraph (d) — in any of the following:
  • a marina
  • a mooring area in sight and communication of a marina
  • inland waters
  • smooth waters
  • waters within 1 n mile of shore
  • waters: of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory; or approved by a State or Territory for daily transit to and from an aquaculture lease; or within 1 n mile of a State or Territory approved aquaculture lease; or waters within 250 m of a structure fixed to the shore.
2. Command and operate the engines of a vessel < 12 m long:
(a) That is used only for towing people.
(b) With propulsion power for an inboard or outboard engine of < 500 kW.
(c) In waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority.
(d) In daylight hours only.

This statement of attainment is offered over a 12-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 two-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: 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.

Face-to-Face Workshop
The face-to-face component of this course is delivered over a two-day workshop. During the two 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

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: 

  • 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 statement of attainment and gain your Coxswain Grade 3, you must demonstrate competency in all unit knowledge and skill requirements. If you are unable to demonstrate competence in any of your unit activities or during the two-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 competency/s.

Pathways you may take from this qualification include:

 MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
 MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

  • Credit Transfer: If you have completed any single or multiple units in Coxswain Grade 3 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.
The qualification includes 3 units of competency covering various maritime operations and safety procedures. These units include:
  • MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

The Coxswain Grade 3 is regulated by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

To successfully gain your Coxswain Grade 3 you will also need to:

1. Be at least 16 years of age when the statement of attainment is obtained; and
2. Hold a statement of attainment for the units listed in Section 11, or for operations in a marina or mooring area hold a recreational boating license and a Mariner Card issued by the Boating Industry Association Ltd (BIA)

3. Complete training and assessment in accordance with:
  • AMSA 508 Training and Assessment Criteria, and
  • AMSA 536 Final Practical Assessment Record.
(Note: this is completed with your PTG Trainer and Assessor)

4. Meet the medical and eyesight requirements for a Coxswain Grade 2 NC certificate of competency specified in Chapter 4 of NSCV Part D, other than the requirements in Division 4.4 of Part D:
  • Complete an eyesight test Certificate AMSA document 542 (Colour blindness).
  • Complete a Certificate of Medical Fitness for a Marine Qualification on AMSA document 559 where applicable.
5. If you are carrying passengers hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package unit of competency Provide first aid; and
6. If operational radio equipment is on board the vessel, hold at least a Long-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority or an equivalent qualification approved by the National Regulator.
Final Assessment (Record 536)
You will compete the final assessment during the two-day workshop. However please note, if it is identified that you need further training prior to completion of the final assessment you may be required to attend another two-day workshop at no extra charge. On successful completion of the final assessment, you will be issued with a completed final assessment record 536 form which will allow you to begin operating under a Coxswain Grade 3 immediately.

For more information regarding the Final Assessment record 536 (Click for link).
Begin Operating as a Coxswain Grade 3
You can begin operating under the Coxswain Grade 3 when you have successfully passed all the eligibility requirements and the final assessment. You do not need to apply for this exemption. You will need to keep all the supporting documents onboard and ready to be presented to authorities if required.

Course Fee: $850.00
$850 is payable upon enrolment and prior to accessing the student online platform.

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


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