Rationale: A qualification aligned to the educational requirements for certification as a Watchkeeper (Deck) as described in Marine Orders Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) under the Navigation Act 1912.

Successful completion will require competency in units that relate to work defined as characteristics of AQF Certificate 5:

'The self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in some areas where judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques for self and others. Applications involve participation in development of strategic initiatives, as well as personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations or organising others. It may include participation in teams including teams concerned with planning and evaluation functions. Group or team coordination and management may be involved'.


Requirements for completion of the qualification:

A successful outcome of the twenty-six units of competency listed below.

Additional units from those listed below or relevant units from this or other Training Packages Note 3 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)

Notethat the educational requirements for a Master (Less than 500 GT) as described in Marine Orders Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) are for completion of the Diploma of Transport&Distribution (Maritime Operations - Deck Watchkeeper) plus the completion of four additional units as detailed in the 'Optional Additional units' section below.





Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

add topic TDMMA707B

Monitor the loading, stowage, security and unloading of cargo

add topic TDMMA807B

Monitor the care of cargo during a voyage

add topic TDMMA1707A

Determine the stability and trim of the vessel


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TDMMB4607A

Apply information of vessel structure to maintenance and seaworthiness


Manoeuvre Vessel

add topic TDMMC307B

Manoeuvre and handle the vessel in normal conditions



add topic TDMME207B

Communicate using standard marine vocabulary

add topic TDMME307B

Transmit and receive information by visual signalling

add topic TDMME507B

Transmit and receive information by marine radio or telephone

add topic TDMME807C

Transmit and receive information by GMDSS subsystems and equipment


OperationalQualityand Safety

add topic TDMMF1007B

Provide elementary first aid

add topic TDMMF1107B

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic TDMMF1807B

Apply medical first aid on board a vessel

add topic TDMMF1907B

Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances


OperationalQualityand Safety


add topic TDMMF2107B

Control safe access to and on vessel

add topic TDMMF3007B

Maintain a safe navigational watch

add topic TDMMF5607A

Observe personal safety and social responsibilitiesNote1

add topic TDMMF5807A

Adapt to basic industry and regulatory requirements for tanker operations

add topic TDMMF5907A

Work safely in enclosed spaces on a vessel

add topic TDMMF6107A

Manage marine firefighting and prevention activities on board a vessel

add topic TDMMF6207A

Prevent, control and fight fires on board an ocean-going vesselNote2



add topic TDMMH507B

Use radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safe navigation

add topic TDMMH1507A

Measure and observe weather conditions and interpret and apply to watchkeeping

add topic TDMMH1607A

Determine position of the vessel

add topic TDMMH1907A

Plan a passage


Human Resources

add topic TDMML307B

Establish and maintain a harmonious workplace environment



add topic TDMMU407B

Ensure compliance with pollution prevention measures

Note 1:This is a new unit incorporating the requirements of the previous four units add topic TDMMF701B Observe safe working practices, add topic TDMMF801B Comply with emergency procedures, add topic TDMML201A Contribute to effective human relationships on board a vessel and add topic TDMME101A Understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties

Note 2:This is a new unit incorporating the requirements of the previous two units add topic TDMMF901A Fight and extinguish fires 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 Note3 may be included in the qualification to satisfy specific additional needs beyond the minimum mandatory requirements (they may also be achieved separately, either individually or in skills sets, leading to a Statement of Attainment as described elsewhere in the Training Package).

Skills set of additional units to prepare for AMSA certification as Master (< 500GT)


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

add topic TDMMB4807A

Manage the operations and maintenance on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations


Operational Quality
and Safety

add topic TDMMF607B

Organise and manage the provision of medical care on board a vessel



add topic TDMMH1707B

Apply command navigation procedures on vessels (limited by tonnage or near coastal operations)


Human Resources

add topic TDMML507A

Manage business and administration on vessels limited by tonnage or near coastal operations

Optional imported units from Business Services Training Package BSB01

add topic BSBFLM509B

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBFLM512A

Ensure team effectiveness

Optional imported units from the Training and Assessment Training Package TAA04

add topic TAADEL301A

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

add topic TAAASS301A

Contribute to assessment

Note3: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

TDM50307 - Diploma of Transport &amp; Distribution (Maritime Operations - Deck Watchkeeper)

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 bridge watchkeeping functions and vessel operation and maintenance

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

Negotiate issues with others in the course of bridge operations

Recognise and interpret non-verbal signs, signals and behaviour

Interpret and record observations and equipment readings and displays

Communicate with multilingual crew

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

Use mathematics to solve problems such as various calculations related to navigation, position fixing and other watchkeeping 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 bridge 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

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 Deck Watchkeeper on a vessel

Manage time and priorities in the course of bridge watchkeeping activities


Interpret and apply regulations, survey requirements, standard procedures and codes of practice as they apply to watchkeeping 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 watchkeeper (deck) on the 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 bridge equipment and its operating environment

Update own knowledge and skills required for bridge watchkeeping activities


Operate bridge equipment 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, propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems, safety 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

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