Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres)

This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry as a Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length, within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


Total number of units = 14 units

14 core units

Core units



Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic MARB3004A

Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres

add topic MARB3005A

Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres


Operational Quality and Safety

add topic MARF1001A

Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic MARF1002A

Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

add topic MARF1005A

Meet work health and safety requirements

add topic MARF1006A

Survive at sea using survival craft



add topic MARH3002A

Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres

add topic MARH3003A

Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres

add topic MARH3004A

Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation


Regulations and Port Operations

add topic MARI3001A

Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres



add topic MARJ3001A

Monitor environmental management on a vessel


Manoeuvring Vessels

add topic MARK3001A

Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters



add topic MARN3001A

Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres


add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR20113 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain)
    MAR30513 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR40313 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres)

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 Master Class 5 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 MAR30413 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres), sea-service, a valid first aid certificate and an appropriate radio qualification; 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 others about watchkeeping issues, arrangements and requirements

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

Read and interpret instructions on emergency procedures, safety management systems and plans, and use of lifesaving and survival equipment


Facilitate consultation processes to allow employees to contribute to issues related to their work, and promptly communicate outcomes of consultation to the work team

Supervise crew in completing maintenance tasks

Support others to follow environmental management procedures


Identify and solve problems that may arise during watchkeeping duties

Identify and solve problems to do with the implementation of regulations relating to the operations, security and maintenance of a vessel up to 80 metres

Recognise routine problems when performing routine remedial, preventative and survey deck maintenance on a vessel

Initiative and enterprise

Follow required work schedule according to organisational requirements

Identify and raise opportunities for improving environmental performance with appropriate personnel

Provide information relevant for the debrief of a fire incident

Planning and organising

Organise workload in order of priority, taking into consideration all listed work including survey work

Plan maintenance tasks

Prepare listed work plan to rectify all identified faults


Adjust interpersonal styles and methods in relation to the organisation's social and cultural environment

Maintain situational awareness to ensure safe manoeuvres

Monitor personal behaviour to ensure it is consistent with environmental management procedures


Participate in abandon vessel drills

Practise survival techniques

Provide training, inductions and briefings to crew and passengers


Check wheelhouse equipment for errors and make allowances in planning passage

Operate radio equipment

Use and monitor propulsion equipment to assist in completing manoeuvres safely