Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating)

This qualification is suitable for people working the maritime industry in charge of the Integrated Ratings on a ship and is responsible for implementing the planned maintenance system and maintaining relevant stores.


Total number of units = 22 units

22 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

add topic MARB4002A

Implement vessel planned maintenance system

add topic MARB4004A

Manage stores for planned maintenance system


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 MARF4001A

Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel



add topic MARG4003A

Supervise a crew



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

    MAR30113 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR50213 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)
    MAR50313 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

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 Chief 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 MAR40113 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief 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:


Effectively communicate ideas and information to crew

Maintain communications with others to facilitate emergency response process

Present reports


Carry out effective and appropriate information provision with management

Communicate priority of tasks to crew or individuals

Discuss workload with crew or individuals on a regular basis


Adjust scheduling to meet contingencies

Initiate appropriate action and provide solutions to problems with firefighting equipment and operations during a fire emergency

Make recommendations for prevention or correction of problems in order to achieve established standards

Initiative and enterprise

Assist with recovery from emergency or incident

Research information related to inventory including the relevant technical, regulatory, environmental and safety requirements

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

Planning and organising

Develop continuous improvement strategies

Establish and monitor performance targets for maintenance teams within performance planning and appraisal processes

Prepare contingency plans


Perform allocated duties for emergency situations according to organisational procedures

Provide instruction to achieve the required standard

Provide leadership to crew


Organise abandon vessel drills

Prepare, practise and debrief training exercises according to regulatory and organisational requirements, to ensure readiness for any fire emergency

Provide mentoring, training and assessment where required, to develop and enhance crew or individual skills and knowledge in line with work role requirements


Operate radio equipment

Select and use emergency and distress alerting systems

Use navigational equipment to steer a steady course