Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

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


Total number of units = 10 units

10 core units

Core units



Marine Surveying

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Calculate, assess and report on vessel trim and stability

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Conduct a range of surveys on domestic commercial vessels

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Conduct an audit of safety management systems

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Develop marine survey reports

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Participate in investigating marine incidents

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Survey hull and superstructure of a commercial vessel

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Survey vessel operational systems

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Undertake a periodic statutory survey

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Establish a marine surveyor practice


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Give evidence in a judicial or quasi-judicial setting


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR40413 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)

    Pathways from the qualification

    Degree level qualifications as a marine surveyor naval architect or marine engineer

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 surveyor of domestic commercial vessels by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

People seeking accreditation 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:


Document and report findings

Make effective presentations

Write technical reports


Convene investigation team appropriate to level of responsibility in investigation

Identify survey purpose, objectives and variations with relevant personnel

Liaise with others, share information and listen


Identify and address barriers to investigation

Recommend corrective action and follow-up processes according to regulatory requirements

Resolve conflict and negotiate effectively

Initiative and enterprise

Anticipate possible challenges to report and prepare further explanations to promote acceptance

Identify areas for improvement with the survey of marine incidents

Promptly forward contentious information or findings to key stakeholders, and where necessary, personally brief or have opportunities to discuss report prior to compilation with involved parties

Planning and organising

Collect and accurately interpret valid and reliable data and/or regulations

Plan and sequence work

Review and analyse relevant workplace information and data


Address own health and safety during audit, according to organisational requirements and standards for safe work practices

Ethically carry out information and data collection and evaluation activities

Work independently and unsupervised


Determine factors affecting complexity of investigation and surveyor competency to conduct investigation based on required specialised skills and knowledge

Develop and use research techniques to identify gaps in knowledge and to recognise professional development opportunities

Recognise own professional limitations


Access and update records electronically

Use computer applications (word processing, spreadsheet, database, specific purpose computer systems) to assist in achieving required outcomes

Use computer-based stability programs as appropriate to assist with assessing compliance