Rationale: A qualification aligned to the educational requirements for certification as a Master Class 4 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 twenty 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)





Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic TDMMA907B

Prepare a cargo plan for cargo loading and unloading operations within the limits of responsibility of a Master 4

add topic TDMMA1207B

Manage stress and dynamic factors affecting vessels stability


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TDMMB607B

Monitor condition and seaworthiness of a coastal vessel up to 80metres

add topic TDMMB4707A

Perform routine remedial, preventative and survey deck maintenance on a vessel less than 80metres


Manoeuvre Vessel

add topic TDMMC507B

Manoeuvre a vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Master 4

add topic TDMMC607B

Manage a propulsion unit using the appropriate engine systems and support services



add topic TDMME507B

Transmit and receive information by marine radio or telephone

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 TDMMF3207C

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

add topic TDMMF3307B

Execute watchkeeping arrangements and procedures on a small 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 TDMMH607B

Plan and conduct a coastal passage and determine position within the limits of responsibility of a Master 4

add topic TDMMH707B

Apply weather information when navigating a small vessel within the limits of responsibility of a Master 4

add topic TDMMH2007A

Use radar and other wheelhouse equipment to maintain safe navigation within the limits of responsibility of a Master 4


Human Resources

add topic TDMML307B

Establish and maintain a harmonious workplace environment


Carry Out Operations on Equipment and Systems

add topic TDMMR5507A

Perform seamanship, rigging and lifting operations on board a small domestic vessel



add topic TDMMU407B

Ensure compliance with pollution prevention measures

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 (as they apply to coastal vessel operations).

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 (as they apply to coastal vessel operations).


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 TDMME807C

Transmit and receive information by GMDSS subsystems and equipment on a vessel


Operational Quality
and Safety

add topic TDMMF1807B

Apply medical first aid on board a vessel

Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances

Navigate a high speed vessel



add topic TDMMO107A

Follow maritime security procedures

Optional imported units from the Training and Assessment Training Package TAA04

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

Contribute to assessment

Optional imported
units from the
Business Services Training Package BSB01

Implement continuous improvement

Manage workplace information systems

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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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for

TDM40307 Certificate IV in Transport & Distribution (Coastal Maritime Operations - Master Class 4)

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 bridge communication systems and procedures

Listen to and interpret verbal information related to bridge watchkeeping functions and the operation and maintenance of the vessel

Read and interpret maritime regulations, charts and drawings, bridge equipment readings and displays, vessel's safety management system, vessel and equipment manufacturer's instructions, etc.

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

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

Negotiate issues with others in the course of vessel operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment readings and displays

Communicate with multilingual crew (where applicable)

Use vessel's communication equipment and radio equipment


Provide leadership to the personnel on the vessel

Resolve any interpersonal conflicts that may arise on board the vessel

Motivate other crew members

Assist crew members to achieve and maintain competency

Avoid and prevent the harassment of others on the vessel

Collaborate with crew members in the course of vessel operations

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

Problem solving

Identify and solve or report problems arising in the course of operation of a vessel of less than 80metres

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 operational situations, (e.g. collision avoidance, navigation hazards, heavy weather and seas, etc.)

Use mathematics to solve problems such as various calculations related to navigation, stability, 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 vessel's equipment and navigational emergencies

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

Respond appropriately to any changes in bridge 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 bridge resource management strategy (where applicable)

Monitor and evaluate operational performance and compliance

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

Organise and plan own management activities as a Master 4 or Skipper 2 on a vessel

Manage time and priorities in the course of operational duties


Interpret and apply regulations, survey requirements, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to 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 a Master 4 or Skipper2 on a vessel


Contribute to learning and assessment activities on the vessel, including emergency drills, safety and security awareness training, and continuing professional development of crew members

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

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 the creation of 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 bridge watchkeeping activities


Operate bridge equipment on a vessel of less than 80metres in length including steering and navigation systems, radar and other electronic navigational aids, radio systems, safety management equipment, etc.

Follow and apply operational and maintenance systems for the vessel's hull and deck equipment and other facilities on the vessel

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

Use fire-fighting equipment on a vessel of less than 80 metres