Rationale: A qualification aligned to the educational requirements for certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade3 as described in Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV).

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 the sixteen units of competency listed below.

Additional units from those listed below or relevant units from this or other Training Packages Note 4 may be included in the qualification to satisfy specific additional needs beyond the minimum requirements. (They may also be achieved separately, either individually or in skill sets, leading to a National Statement of Attainment as described elsewhere in the Training Package)





Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TDMMB1907B

Carry out basic hull servicing

add topic TDMMB3607B

Prepare a small vessel's machinery for sea within the limits of responsibility of a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3



add topic TDMME1107A

Contribute to effective communications and teamwork on a coastal vessel Note1


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 TDMMF3907B

Maintain running log within the limits of responsibility of a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3

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


Carry Out Operations on Equipment and Systems

add topic TDMMR1807B

Operate deck machinery installed on a small vessel of less than 750kW propulsion power

add topic TDMMR1907B

Safely handle and stow explosive and flammable materials

add topic TDMMR3007B

Operate and carry out basic service checks on small vessel marine propulsion systems

add topic TDMMR3107B

Operate and carry out basic servicing on auxiliary systems

add topic TDMMR3207B

Operate and carry out basic routine servicing of marine extra low and low voltage electrical systems

add topic TDMMR5407B

Carry out refuelling and fuel transfer operations

add topic TDMMR6107A

Use and care for hand and power tools on a small vessel



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 coastal 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.


The units listed below or relevant units from this or other Training Packages Note4 may be included in the qualification to satisfy specific additional needs beyond the minimum mandatory requirements.



add topic TDMMO107A

Follow maritime security procedures

Note4:Where units of competency are included from another Training Package, Registered Training Organisations should check the National Training Information System (NTIS) or contact the Industry Skills Council responsible for the Training Package to check if the unit has any prerequisite or corequisite requirements.


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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TDM20207 Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Marine Engine Driving Grade 3)

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

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to the operation, maintenance and management of the hull, propulsion and auxiliary plant and systems on a coastal vessel of less than 500kW propulsion power

Read and interpret maritime regulations, engineering drawings, gauges and instrument readings, vessel's safety management system, vessel and equipment manufacturer's instructions, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on a range of matters related to operation and maintenance the vessel's propulsion plant and auxiliary equipment

Complete simple reports or forms on vessel and engine room operations including maintenance, safety incident reports, entries in vessel's engine room records, etc.

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment readings and displays

Use engine room communication equipment


Collaborate with other personnel on the vessel

Contribute to the resolution of any interpersonal conflicts that may arise on board the vessel

Assist other crew members to achieve and maintain competency where applicable

Contribute to the avoidance and prevention of harassment of others on the vessel

Collaborate with others in the course of vessel operations

Problem solving

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

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of engine room operations including hazards and risks and take appropriate action (e.g. strategies for the avoidance of engine room fire and explosion, avoidance of hazards in the engine room space, etc.)

Manage hazards and risks in the workplace situations

Use simple diagnostic and analysis techniques required when conducting a maintenance program for propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems on a coastal vessel of less than 500kW propulsion power in conjunction with the master and other crew members

Use mathematics to solve problems such as calculations related to engine and equipment performance and maintenance, safe working limits of equipment and calculations related to electrical system operations, fault finding and maintenance

Initiative and enterprise

Modify activities dependent on differing work situations and contingencies such as changes in the weather and sea conditions, plant and equipment breakdown and emergency situations including fire, flooding or failure of steering or propulsion systems

Take appropriate initiatives in situations such as those above

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

Planning and organising

Implement Engine Room Resource Management Strategy

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect, manage and interpret information needed to carry out engine room operations

Organise and plan own work activities as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3

Manage time and priorities in the course of management activities on the vessel


Interpret and apply regulations, survey requirements, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to the engine room operations on a vessel, including OH&S, environmental protection, security and SOLAS requirements

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work and performance as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3


Participate in learning and assessment activities for engine room personnel on a vessel, including emergency drills, safety and security awareness training, and continuing professional development of crew members

Contribute to the assessment of the competency of other crew members

Assist in creating a learning environment on board the vessel

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

Update own knowledge and skills required for engine room management activities


Operate basic equipment and systems including vessel's propulsion and auxiliary systems, and other engine room equipment and systems, etc.

Implement operational and maintenance systems for the vessel's hull, propulsion and auxiliary systems, safety equipment and various engine room facilities

Follow safety management and OH&S procedures for use and maintenance of engine room plant, equipment and facilities

Carry out basic preventative and remedial maintenance of vessel's hull, structures and engine room plant, equipment and tools