In order to work on domestic commercial vessel, you must obtain a Certificate of Competency from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The Marine Radio Operator's VHF Skill Set (Short range) unit MARC044 is a requirement and is delivered by the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College (GBRIMC). Please refer to the GBRIMC website for radio course information.
It is highly recommended that you:-
- are aged 16 years or older by the course commencement date; and
- have successfully completed Year 10 (or equivalent) with sound achievement in English and Mathematics; or
- are of mature age
It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.
You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks after enrolment, during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network. It is also recommended that you have access to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Guidance Notes.
You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. For Elements of Shipboard Safety this includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including non synthetic/flammable clothing, safety glasses, and enclosed shoes. You will not be permitted to attend any classes without appropriate footwear. For wet drills you also require clothes to get wet in (similar to work clothes, but no wet suits), a second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat. For fire drills you require a long sleeve shirt, long pants, sunglasses and enclosed shoes.
You are also required to bring a calculator, 2B pencils, eraser, notebook and pens.
Need to know
Maritime licensing requirements:
To obtain a Certificate of Competency from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) please visit the AMSA website for information.
Licensing / Regulatory information:
Please refer to MAR20318 - Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal).
This program has been replaced by MAR20321 - Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) , as of 14 October 2021. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 13 October 2022. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.