Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT) - MAR50415

South Metropolitan TAFE, TAFE WA

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00020G

This qualification is part of the Maritime Training Package. It is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as a Master, Chief Mate or Watchkeeper Deck on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage (GT) in any operating area.


29 units


  • Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch
  • Manage provision of medical care on board a vessel
  • Apply command navigation procedures on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations
  • Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel
  • Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel
  • Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel
  • Plan and conduct a passage
  • Maintain vessel stability
  • Apply maritime resource management principles
  • Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position
  • Observe personal safety and social responsibility
  • Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system
  • Provide medical first aid on board a vessel
  • Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation
  • Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Manage operations and maintenance on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations
  • Transmit and receive information by visual signalling
  • Control safe access to and on vessel
  • Manage loading, unloading and stowage of cargo
  • Follow vessel security procedures
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel
  • Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely
  • Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances
  • Provide first aid
  • Manage business and administration on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations
  • Perform basic vessel manoeuvres
  • Provide leadership to crew

Further information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Master <500 GT as described in Marine Order 70 and 71 (2014) under the Navigation Act 2012 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). People seeking certification should check with AMSA.

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