Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT or Master 80 metres)

This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as a Master, Chief Mate or Watchkeeper Deck on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage (GT) in any operating area, or as Master or Chief Mate of vessels less than 3000 GT operating in near coastal waters.


Total number of units = 28 units

28 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

add topic MARA5001A

Maintain vessel stability

add topic MARA5002A

Monitor loading, unloading and stowage of cargo


Administration and Human Resources

add topic MARD5001A

Manage business and administration on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations

add topic MARD5002A

Manage operations and maintenance on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations


Operational Quality and Safety

add topic MARF1003A

Follow vessel security procedures

add topic MARF3002A

Observe personal safety and social responsibility

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 MARF5001A

Control safe access to and on vessel

add topic MARF5002A

Provide medical first aid on board a vessel

add topic MARF5003A

Respond to emergencies



add topic MARG5001A

Provide leadership to crew



add topic MARH5001A

Apply command navigation procedures on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations

add topic MARH5002A

Plan and conduct a passage

add topic MARH5003A

Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely

add topic MARH5004A

Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position



add topic MARJ5001A

Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation

add topic MARJ5002A

Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel


Manoeuvring Vessels

add topic MARK5001A

Perform basic vessel manoeuvres



add topic MARN5001A

Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel



add topic MARO5001A

Maintain a safe navigational watch

add topic MARO5002A

Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

add topic MARO5003A

Transmit and receive information by visual signalling


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR40313 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres)
    MAR50313 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

    Pathways from the qualification

    Not applicable

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 3 as described in Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and as a Master <500 GT as described in Marine Order 3.

Certification will require achievement of the MAR50413 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT or Master 80 metres) 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:


Analyse and compile operational and voyage data, and prepare reports

Conduct management meetings

Use interpersonal skills and communication techniques to facilitate open communication within crew, ensure understanding and encourage accurate exchange of information


Establish and develop dynamic groups and teams on board a vessel

Provide leadership to officers and crew

Use consultative and participative decision making in implementing and reviewing the work of the crew and the distribution of responsibilities


Negotiate solutions to conflict using appropriate mediation and conflict resolution techniques

Recognise routine problems that may occur when controlling safe access to and on a vessel and take appropriate action

Take action to ensure fatigue management strategies are correctly applied by bridge management team

Initiative and enterprise

Improvise treatment and associated resources

Recognise situations warranting alterations to bridge team, including situations where vessel is under pilotage

Vary leadership and guidance strategies to meet changing priorities and situations, taking into account the differing needs and skills of individuals and the requirements of the tasks

Planning and organising

Develop and implement vessel safety management system

Monitor and control vessel expenditure

Plan, implement and monitor goals and performance requirements for vessel operations and emergencies


Appropriately challenge and respond to questionable decisions and/or actions

Clarify own scope of authority/responsibility for achieving specific environmental outcomes for the vessel and the roles of other key personnel

Evaluate effectiveness of decisions to improve future decision making


Assess and confirm crew member competencies, and assign duties to crew according to crew competencies and capabilities

Organise training evaluation processes

Provide learning and development activities


Conduct atmospheric assessments with oxygen meter and gas detecting equipment

File required records and store according to organisational procedures

Maintain charts and publications by applying up-to-date corrections to both paper and electronic charts and publications