Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)

This qualification is suitable for people working in entry level positions in the maritime industry as a general crew member on a ship, carrying out maintenance and lookout duties on decks and in commercial ship engine rooms.

Integrated ratings steer a vessel under the direction of the officer of the watch and work in the engine room under the direction of engineering officers.


Total number of units = 18 units

18 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic MARA3001A

Contribute to safe cargo operations on liquefied gas tankers

add topic MARA3002A

Contribute to safe cargo operations on oil and chemical tankers


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic MARB3002A

Perform routine engine maintenance on a vessel

add topic MARB3003A

Perform routine maintenance and repairs on a vessel


Equipment Operations

add topic MARC3006A

Operate deck machinery, cargo handling gear and equipment on a vessel

add topic MARC3008A

Operate engine equipment and associated propulsion plant


Operational Quality and Safety

add topic MARF3001A

Assist in an emergency response

add topic MARF3002A

Observe personal safety and social responsibility

add topic MARF3003A

Operate emergency equipment and apply emergency procedures

add topic MARF3004A

Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances

add topic MARF3005A

Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel

add topic MARF3006A

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic MARF3007A

Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel



add topic MARJ2001A

Follow environmental work practices


Manoeuvring Vessels

add topic MARK3002A

Steer a vessel under direction of the Master



add topic MARN3002A

Use seamanship skills on board a vessel



add topic MARO3001A

Contribute to monitoring and controlling a safe engine watch

add topic MARO3002A

Contribute to monitoring and controlling a safe navigational watch


    Pathways into the qualification

    MARSS00001 Coxswain Grade 1 and Grade 2 Skill Set

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR40113 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating)

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 an Integrated Rating as described in Marine Orders Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications under the Australian Navigation Act 2012 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR30113 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating), sea-service, a valid first aid certificate and completion of a task record book; 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:


Complete any required records when performing routine remedial, preventative and survey deck maintenance on a vessel

Read and interpret SDS/MSDS

Use basic signals to operate equipment including winches, cranes, windlasses and hoists


Maintain effective communication with crew during fuelling and transferring operations to ensure the safety and integrity of the vessel and crew

Provide instructions to crew and passengers to maximise chances of survival

Work safely and collaboratively with others when entering and working in a confined space


Identify problems that can occur during the operation of engines on vessels

Recognise faulty equipment and take appropriate action

Recognise unsafe conditions and potential hazards, and assess and report risk according to organisational procedures

Initiative and enterprise

Follow instructions to monitor engine-room machinery and equipment

Make suggestions for improved environmental work practices

Select and use relevant tools and equipment

Planning and organising

Follow required work schedule according to organisational requirements

Obtain permission to enter confined space

Plan and prepare for work


Maintain situational awareness

Make distress calls using radio equipment on distress call frequency to communicate nature of emergency

Select, prepare and use personal protective equipment and emergency rescue equipment


Organise abandon vessel musters and drills

Practise realistic drills and musters to ensure pre-incident readiness of response personnel

Review musters and drills against objectives


Maintain integrity of emergency and distress alerting systems

Monitor VHF and communicate information to the Master if appropriate

Use portable radio equipment, pyrotechnics and other signalling equipment