Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand)

This qualification is suitable for people working in entry level positions in the maritime industry as deckhands or general purpose hands.


Total number of units = 8 units

8 core units

Core units



Equipment Checking and Maintenance

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Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel


Operational Quality and Safety

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Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

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Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

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Meet work health and safety requirements

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Survive at sea using survival craft



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Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres



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Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a vessel



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Perform basic lookout duties


    Pathways into the qualification

    Not applicable

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR20213 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a General Purpose Hand as described in Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR10113 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand) and other requirements; people seeking certification should check the requirements with AMSA.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the maritime industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicate effectively with other personnel and passengers during simulated and actual abandon vessel musters and emergencies

Complete workplace forms

Follow simple spoken instructions


Assist others to maximise their chances of survival

Request advice, receive feedback and work with others

Barricade work area or provide warning signs, as appropriate, to reduce risk to self and other crew members


Apply problem solving skills to investigate and identify causes of WHS/OHS incidents

Demonstrate safe and environmentally responsible work practices

Take action promptly to address problems that may arise when following vessel abandonment procedures

Initiative and enterprise

Provide ideas to control the level of risk associated with work tasks

Monitor and anticipate hazards and risks that may arise during lookout duties

Use effective questioning to seek assistance from other crew when difficulties arise in achieving allocated tasks

Planning and organising

Plan work tasks

Select and use correct tools and equipment for the cleaning or maintenance task

Select and use suitable personal protective clothing according to WHS/OHS requirements


Maintain housekeeping standards in work area

Ration water and food

Respond to instructions promptly


Participate in abandon vessel drills

Participate in training, musters and emergency drills

Undertake participation in fire drills and musters to ensure readiness for fire emergencies


Monitor VHF equipment

Operate deck machinery and emergency stops

Operate radio equipment