Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry as a domestic commercial vessel surveyor assistant.


Total number of units = 14 units

14 core units

Core units



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


Marine Surveying

add topic MARM3002A

Apply vessel construction theory to marine survey tasks

add topic MARM4001A

Assess compliance with marine environment protection requirements

add topic MARM4002A

Assist in the survey of commercial vessels

add topic MARM4003A

Assist in the survey of vessel mechanical features

add topic MARM4004A

Evaluate vessel stability

add topic MARM4005A

Implement a systematic approach to the audit of safety management systems

add topic MARM4006A

Survey lifesaving appliances, fire and other safety systems


add topic CHCCOM403A

Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic PSPGOV417A

Identify and treat risks

add topic PSPGOV421A

Exercise delegations

add topic PSPREG401C

Exercise regulatory powers


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR30613 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR50513 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for accreditation as a statutory marine surveyor of domestic commercial vessels by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR40413 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying) 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:


Communicate effectively verbally and in writing

Read and interpret instructions and procedures related to environmental considerations

Write reports using appropriate formats


Seek input from surveyors, SMS specialists and technical advisors when required

Work safely and collaboratively with others when surveying environmental considerations

Work under supervision of a marine surveyor


Detect faults in machinery, confirm with surveyor and document agreed actions to rectify issues in survey report

Identify problems and arrange appropriate corrective action

Recognise pollution control problems and hazards that may occur on a commercial vessel and take appropriate mitigating action

Initiative and enterprise

Accept and act on feedback

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

Use critical analysis, evaluation and deductive reasoning

Planning and organising

Develop survey plan and agree with relevant personnel about survey schedule

Identify, document and action areas for improvement

Sequence tasks and meet timelines


Build relationships with stakeholders (internal and external to organisation)

Identify threats to survival and outline treatment options

Maintain housekeeping standards in work area


Participate in abandon vessel drills

Provide coaching in effective communication to colleagues and clients as required

Undertake participation in fire drills and musters to ensure readiness for fire emergencies


Identify storage and security of information, and store and file records according to organisational and regulatory requirements

Use a range of software and office equipment to access internal and external SMS information and data

Use computers for word processing and manipulation of statistical data