Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters)

This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry as a Master Inland Waters.


Total number of units = 12 units

12 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 MARH3001A

Apply weather information when navigating inland waters as Master

add topic MARH3002A

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


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

    MAR13 Coxswain Grade 1 and Grade 2 Skill Set

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR30413 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 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 of a commercial vessel up to 24 metres operating in inland waters by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR30513 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters), sea-service, first aid and appropriate radio certificates; people seeking certification should check 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 maintenance records

Read, interpret and apply weather information


Clearly brief crew members on their responsibility, maintenance tasks and WHS/OHS requirements

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

Inform crew of environmental hazards and risk control measures relating to their work responsibilities


Identify and minimise risks and hazards that may occur when abandoning vessel, according to SMS, and established safety practice and procedures

Identify and solve problems that may arise during watchkeeping duties

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

Initiative and enterprise

Contribute to review and development of advice on appropriate WHS/OHS procedures

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

Select and use relevant tools, equipment and materials according to instructions

Planning and organising

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

Plan timing and sequence of individual survival actions to be appropriate to prevailing circumstances and conditions of emergency, and minimise potential dangers and threats to other survivors

Prepare plan for docking or slipping vessel


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

Model work policies and procedures to support environmental management in own work

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


Participate in abandon vessel drills

Practise survival techniques

Instigate training and instruction, including induction training, on procedures to ensure crew comply with regulations


Operate radio equipment

Select and use relevant instruments and equipment according to instructions

Use and monitor propulsion equipment to assist in completing manoeuvres safely