Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1)

This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry in charge of operating vessels with a propulsion power up to 1500 kW.


Total number of units = 27 units

27 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic MARA4002A

Manage vessel stability


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic MARB3007A

Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems

add topic MARB4001A

Carry out basic welding, brazing, cutting and machining operations on a coastal vessel

add topic MARB4003A

Manage refuelling

add topic MARB4006A

Undertake maintenance of 240 to 440 voltage alternating current electrical systems

add topic MARB4007A

Undertake maintenance of machinery, machinery systems and structural components


Equipment Operations

add topic MARC2001A

Complete engine room tasks

add topic MARC2002A

Maintain hull out of water

add topic MARC2003A

Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment

add topic MARC2004A

Operate deck machinery

add topic MARC2007A

Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems

add topic MARC3001A

Manage fuel systems

add topic MARC3005A

Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems

add topic MARC3007A

Operate electrical systems

add topic MARC4003A

Operate auxiliary machinery systems up to 1500 kW

add topic MARC4005A

Operate marine internal combustion engines and associated systems up to 1500 kW

add topic MARC4006A

Operate propulsion transmission systems up to 1500 kW

add topic MARC4007A

Operate 240 to 440 voltage alternating current electrical systems


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 MARG4002A

Manage an engine room and small engineering team



add topic MARJ2001A

Follow environmental work practices

add topic MARJ3001A

Monitor environmental management on a vessel


Marine Engineering

add topic MARL4001A

Carry out engineering calculations


add topic BSBWOR203B

Work effectively with others


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR30213 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR50113 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 3)

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 Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 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 MAR40213 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1) and other requirements; 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:


Complete required records

Effectively communicate maintenance schedules and procedures to the team

Read and interpret work specifications and drawings


Counsel team members and provide feedback

Supervise maintenance tasks

Work safely and collaboratively with others when carrying out basic welding, brazing, cutting and machining operations on a vessel


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

Deal effectively with issues, problems and conflict

Negotiate effectively

Initiative and enterprise

Identify risks to self, others and the environment according to organisational procedures

Prepare contingency plans

Recognise faulty equipment and take appropriate action

Planning and organising

Implement recommendations to improve maintenance plan safety, efficiency and effectiveness under regular review of safety management system

Manage contingencies to ensure quality of work is maintained and work is completed within agreed timeframe

Monitor, adjust and report on implementation of maintenance plan


Display sound personnel management

Lead team members

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


Participate in training, musters and emergency drills

Practise survival techniques

Provide mentoring and coaching to support individuals/crew to implement procedures to support environmental management


Operate auxiliary machinery systems

Operate radio equipment

Select and use technology appropriate to a task