Rationale: A flexible qualification at AQF Level2 not specifically aligned with regulated maritime occupations but which includes competency in basic maritime safety, survival and emergency skills as well as other skills needed to fulfil support roles on various types of costal vessels.

Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at AQF Level2:

'Performance of a prescribed range of functions involving known routines and procedures and some accountability for the quality of outcomes. Applications may include some complex or non-routine activities involving individual responsibility or autonomy and/or collaboration with others as part of a group or team'.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful outcome of sixteen units of competency which must include:

the seven mandatory units listed below, plus

at least nine additional units (at least seven of which must be aligned at AQF Level2) to specific additional maritime employment needs beyond the minimum mandatory requirements.






add topic TDMME1107A

Contribute to communication and teamwork on a coastal vesselNote1


Operational Quality

and Safety

add topic TDMMF1007B

Provide elementary first aid

add topic TDMMF1107B

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic TDMMF3207C

Apply domestic regulation and industry practices when operating a small coastal vessel

add topic TDMMF5407A

Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vesselNote2

add topic TDMMF5507A

Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel Note3



add topic TDMMU507B

Ensure compliance with environmental considerations in a small domestic vessel

Note 1:add topic TDMME1107A is a new unit incorporating the requirements of the previous two units add topic TDMME101A Understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties and add topic TDMML201A Contribute to effective human relationships on board a vessel (as they apply to costal Vessel operations).

Note 2:add topic TDMMF5407A is a new unit incorporating the requirements of the previous two units add topic TDMMF701B Observe safe working practices and add topic TDMMF801B Comply with emergency procedures.

Note 3:add topic TDMMF5507A is a new unit incorporating the requirements of the previous two units add topic TDMMF5302A Fight and extinguish fires on board a commercial vessel and add topic TDMMF1201A Minimise the risk of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire.



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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TDM20107 Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations)

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:


Use vessel's communication systems and procedures

Read and interpret maritime regulations, vessel's safety and emergency procedures, vessel and equipment manufacturer's instructions, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to work activities on vessel

Write documents including reports on operations, incident reports, entries in records, etc.

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Use vessel's communication equipment


Assist in the resolution of any interpersonal conflicts that may arise on board the vessel

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others on the vessel

Collaborate with others in the course of vessel operations

Work with passengers of different ages, genders, race, religion, political persuasion, etc.

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report problems arising in the course of work operations

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of work operations including hazards and risks and take appropriate action

Manage hazards and risks in a range of operational situation.

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing work situations and contingencies such as changes in the weather and sea conditions, changes in operational performance of equipment, and emergencies

Take appropriate initiatives in a range of operational situations such as those above

Respond appropriately to any changes in equipment, standard operating procedures and the vessel's working environment

Planning and organising

Follow and apply operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures for the vessel, including the vessel's safety management system and emergency procedures

Monitor systems and procedures for compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Implement vessel's safety management system

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect, manage and interpret information needed in the course of work operations

Organise and plan own management activities

Manage time and priorities in the course of vessel activities


Interpret and apply regulations, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to work operations, including OH&S, environmental protection and security requirements

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work and management performance


Adapt own competency to any changes in the vessel type, its equipment and its operating environment

Update own knowledge and skills required for work activities


Operate equipment on a vessel as part of work activities

Follow and apply operational and maintenance systems for equipment and tools used in the course of work activities

Follow and apply safety management system and OH&S procedures for operation and maintenance of equipment and tools used in the course of work activities

Carry out the preventative and remedial maintenance procedures for equipment and tools used in the course of work activities