Rationale: A qualification aligned to the educational requirements for certification as a Coxswain 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 characteristics of AQF Certificate 2:

'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 5 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 TDMMB4507A

Monitor condition and seaworthiness of a small vessel up to 24 metres


Manoeuvre Vessel

add topic TDMMC707C

Apply seamanship skills and techniques when operating a small vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Coxswain

add topic TDMMC907C

Manoeuvre a domestic vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Coxswain



add topic TDMME507B

Transmit and receive information by marine radio or telephone Note1

add topic TDMME1107A

Contribute to effective communications and teamwork on a coastal vessel Note2


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 regulations and industry practices when operating a small coastal vessel

add topic TDMMF5407A

Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vessel Note3

add topic TDMMF5507A

Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel Note4



add topic TDMMH1207B

Plan and navigate a short voyage within inshore limits


Carry Out Operations on Equipment and Systems

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 TDMMU507B

Ensure compliance with environmental considerations in a small domestic vessel

Note 1:Where individuals are likely to only operate VHF equipment and are specifically preparing for their AMSA VHF radio operator's certificate, add topic TDMME1007A Transmit and receive information by marine VHF radio or telephone may be selected in place of add topic TDMME507B Transmit and receive information by marine radio or telephone.

Note 2: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 3: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 4: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 unitslisted below or relevant units from this or other Training Packages Note5 may be included in the qualification to satisfy specific additional needs beyond the minimum mandatory requirements.



add topic TDMME1007A

Transmit and receive information by marine VHF radio or




add topic TDMMO107A

Follow maritime security procedures

Note5: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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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TDM20307 Certificate II in Transport & Distribution (Coastal Maritime Operations - Coxswain)

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, charts and drawings, equipment readings and displays, vessel's safety and emergency procedures, vessel and equipment manufacturer's instructions, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on matters related to vessel operation and maintenance

Write documents as part of duties, including reports on vessel operations, incident reports, entries in records, etc.

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment readings and displays

Communicate with multilingual crew

Use vessel's communication equipment and radio equipment


Resolve 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 vessel operations

Monitor and anticipate problems that may occur in the course of watchkeeping operations including hazards and risks and take appropriate action (e.g. avoidance of collision, avoidance of navigation hazards, avoidance of environmental pollution, etc.)

Manage hazards and risks in a range of vessel situations, (e.g. collision avoidance, navigation hazards, heavy weather and seas, etc.)

Use mathematics to solve problems such as various basic calculations related to inshore navigation, position fixing and other duties and functions

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 navigational 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 vessel operations

Organise and plan own management activities as coxswain on a small vessel

Manage time and priorities in the course of vessel activities


Interpret and apply regulations, survey requirements, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to small vessel operations, including collision avoidance, OH&S, environmental protection, security and SOLAS requirements

Establish and follow own work plans and schedules

Evaluate and monitor own work and management performance as coxswain on the vessel


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

Update own knowledge and skills required for vessel activities


Operate equipment on a small vessel of less than 12 m in length including steering and navigation systems, and electronic navigational aids, radio systems, safety equipment, etc.

Follow and apply operational and maintenance systems for the vessel's hull, propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems, safety equipment and other facilities on the vessel

Follow and apply safety management system and OH&S procedures for operation and maintenance of vessel equipment and facilities

Carry out the preventative and remedial maintenance procedures for the vessel's hull, propulsion plant, electrical and auxiliary systems, other equipment and tools

Carry out fuelling and refuelling operations

Use firefighting equipment on a small vessel