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

This qualification is suitable for those sailing as Master on vessels up to 35 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Master on vessels up to 80 metres in length in inshore waters and Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length.


Total number of units = 22 units

22 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic MARA4001A

Manage loading, discharging and stowage of cargo

add topic MARA4002A

Manage vessel stability


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic MARB3005A

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

add topic MARB4005A

Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres


Equipment Operations

add topic MARC4001A

Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services

add topic MARC4002A

Monitor and manage vessel operations

add topic MARC4004A

Operate deck machinery and steering gear 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 MARF3007A

Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel



add topic MARG4001A

Manage a small crew



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

add topic MARH4001A

Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions


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 MARK4001A

Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres



add topic MARN4001A

Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres


add topic HLTFA403C

Manage first aid in the workplace


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR30413 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR50313 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

    MAR50413 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT or Master 80 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 4 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 MAR40313 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 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 ideas and information to enable input from crew and understanding by crew of plans developed

Complete relevant documentation and submit to appropriate personnel

Prepare reports on outcomes of inspection and maintenance activities


Investigate and negotiate proposed variations in consultation with crew members

Supervise crew compliance with regulatory requirements

Work collaboratively with other shipboard personnel and passengers during vessel operations


Identify and act on potential and current, issues and problems arising within crew and/or individuals according to organisational and legislative requirements

Recommend and implement preventative and/or corrective action

Undertake a job safety analysis for working in areas of high risk

Initiative and enterprise

Build and motivate teams

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

Recognise problems that may occur when interpreting weather and oceanographic information

Planning and organising

Develop maintenance program for vessel to meet requirements of planned maintenance system

Develop operational strategies and procedures

Plan resources for vessel operations


Maintain housekeeping standards in work area

Meet organisational requirements through personal performance and behaviour and leadership, which serves as a positive role model for other crew members

Monitor and adjust own performance to ensure it aligns with key performance indicators and organisational goals


Develop strategies to ensure crew and individuals are actively encouraged and supported in assessing their own competence and identifying their learning needs

Identify training opportunities for development of the individual’s job role

Induct and train crew


Operate radio equipment

Record and file weather and oceanographic information and forecasts according to organisational procedures

Use radar to navigate safely