Rationale: A qualification aligned to the educational requirements for certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade1 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 Certificate4:

'Performance of a broad range of skilled applications including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedures for performing current practices and provision of some leadership and guidance to others in the application and planning of the skills. Applications involve responsibility for, and limited organisation of, others'.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful outcome of the nineteen 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 TDMMB3107B

Organise maintenance and repairs on a small vessel

add topic TDMMB3507B

Employ damage control techniques for hull damage



add topic TDMME1107A

Contribute to effective communications and teamwork on a coastal vessel Note1


Operational Quality

and Safety

add topic TDMMF407B

Maintain the operational condition of lifesaving, firefighting and other safety systems

add topic TDMMF1007B

Provide elementary first aid

add topic TDMMF1107B

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic TDMMF2707B

Prevent, control and fight fires on board a coastal vessel

add topic TDMMF4107B

Carry out engineering calculations related to maintenance and operations

add topic TDMMF5407A

Observe safety and emergency procedures on a coastal vessel Note2

add topic TDMMF5507A

Fight and extinguish fires on board a coastal vessel Note3


Carry Out Operations on Equipment and Systems

add topic TDMMR207B

Use and maintain deck equipment and machinery

add topic TDMMR1907B

Safely handle and stow explosive and flammable materials

add topic TDMMR2407B

Operate and marine internal combustion engines and propulsion transmission systems

add topic TDMMR2507B

Operate and maintain auxiliary machinery systems, including steering gear and refrigeration systems

add topic TDMMR2607B

Operate, test and maintain marine electrical and control equipment

add topic TDMMR5407B

Carry out refuelling and fuel transfer operations


Carry Out Operations on Equipment and Systems


add topic TDMMR6107A

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

add topic TDMMR6207A

Carry out basic welding, brazing, cutting and machining operations on a coastal 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

Optional imported
units from the
Business Services Training Package BSB01

Implement continuous improvement

Implement operational plan

Manage workplace information systems

Implement effective workplace relationships

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.


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary forTDM40207 Certificate IV in Transport & Distribution (Marine Engine Driving - Grade 1)

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:


Establish and implement vessel's engine room 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 1,500kW 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 diverse and complex matters related to vessel's engine room operations, maintenance and management

Write documents including reports on vessel and engine room operations and maintenance, safety incident reports, entries in vessel's engine room records, etc.

Negotiate complex issues with others in the course of vessel operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment with multilingual crew (where applicable)

Use engine room communication equipment


Provide leadership to engine room personnel on the vessel

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

Motivate crew members

Assist crew members to achieve and maintain competency

Manage the avoidance and prevention of 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 complex problems arising in the course of engine room operations and maintenance

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 complex and diverse situations (e.g. engine room hazards, crew working in confined spaces, engine room operations in heavy weather and seas, etc.)

Use advanced diagnostic and analysis techniques required when managing maintenance program for propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems on a coastal vessel of less than 1,500kW 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 or auxiliary systems

Take appropriate initiatives in complex and diverse situations such as those above

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

Planning and organising

Establish operational and emergency plans, systems and procedures for the engine room on the vessel, including safety management system and emergency procedures

Establish and implement systems and procedures for maintaining compliance with regulations and codes of practice

Establish and implement Engine Room Resource Management Strategy (where applicable)

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

Collect, manage and interpret information needed to plan and organise engine room operations

Organise and plan own management activities as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 1

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 1


Plan and organise 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

Manage adaptation of crew members to any changes in the vessel's systems, equipment, procedures and the vessel's operating environment (e.g. sea and weather conditions)

Instruct, coach or mentor 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 engine room management activities


Operate complex equipment and systems including propulsion and auxiliary systems, and other engine room equipment and systems, etc. on vessels of less than 1,500kW

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

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

Manage the preventative and remedial maintenance of vessel's hull, structures and engine room plant, equipment and tools on vessels of less than 1,500kW