Rationale: A flexible qualification at AQF Level3 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 coastal vessels.

Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as aligned at AQF Level3:

'Performance of a defined range of skilled operations, usually within a range of broader related activities involving known routines, methods and procedures, where some discretion and judgement is required in the selection of equipment, services or contingency measures and within known time constraints. Applications may involve some responsibility for others. Participation in teams including group or team coordination may be involved'.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful outcome of twenty-two units of competency which must include:

the seven mandatory units listed below plus

at least fifteen additional units (at least seven of which must be aligned at AQF Level3), to satisfy 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 safely 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 4

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.

Note 4:add topic TDMMU407B Ensure compliance with pollution prevention measures may be substituted for add topic TDMMU502B Ensure compliance with environmental considerations in a small domestic vessel.


At least fifteen relevant units from this or other Training Packages or Accredited Courses at least seven of which must be aligned at AQF Level3 must be included in the qualification to satisfy specific additional maritime employment needs beyond the minimum mandatory requirements.

Where units of competency are included from another Training Package, Registered Training Organisations should check the National Training Information System (NTIS) or 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 pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TDM30107 Certificate III 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:


Implement vessel's communication systems and procedures

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to the work operations,

Read and interpret maritime regulations, vessel's safety management system, vessel and equipment manufacturer's instructions, etc.

Speak clearly and directly on a range of matters related to work operations and management

Write simple reports and complete forms on work operations and maintenance, safety incident reports, entries in work records, etc.

Negotiate issues with others in the course of work operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment readings and displays as required within work activities

Communicate with multilingual persons

Use communication equipment in course of work activities


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

Assist in the motivation of other crew members

Assist crew members to achieve and maintain competency

Avoid and prevent harassment of others on the vessel

Collaborate with crew members in the course of vessel operations

Manage crew members 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 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 a range of operational situations (e.g. workplace hazards, crew working in confined spaces, work operations in heavy weather and seas, etc.)

Use basic mathematics to solve problems

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 or flooding

Take appropriate initiatives in diverse situations such as those above

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

Planning and organising

Follow operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures for the work area on the vessel, including safety management system and emergency procedures

Implement systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect, manage and interpret information needed to plan and organise work operations

Organise and plan own management activities

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


Interpret and apply regulations, survey requirements, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to the work activities 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


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

Assist in the instruction, coaching or mentoring of other crew members on the vessel

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 work activities


Operate equipment and systems related to work activities

Implement operational and maintenance systems and procedures for the equipment and systems used in work activities

Implement the safety management system and OH&S procedures for use and maintenance of for the equipment and systems used in work activities