Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Master in the maritime industry on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.


Total number of units = 26 units

26 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

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Contribute to safe cargo operations on liquefied gas tankers

add topic MARA3002A

Contribute to safe cargo operations on oil and chemical tankers

add topic MARA6001A

Manage stability of a vessel 500 gross tonnage or more


Equipment Checking and Maintenance

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Manage repairs and maintenance of a vessel of 500 gross tonnage or more


Administration and Human Resources

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Manage legal requirements of a vessel


Operational Quality and Safety

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Follow vessel security procedures

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Observe personal safety and social responsibility

add topic MARF3004A

Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances

add topic MARF3005A

Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel

add topic MARF3006A

Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

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Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel

add topic MARF4001A

Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel

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Coordinate search and rescue operations

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Manage provision of medical care on board a vessel

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Manage safety and security of vessel crew and passengers



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Manage a vessel and its crew



add topic MARH5003A

Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely

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Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position

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Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions to plan a safe passage

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Manage the navigation of a vessel 500 gross tonnage or more



add topic MARJ6001A

Manage compliance with environmental management legislation


Manoeuvring Vessels

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Manoeuvre a vessel 500 gross tonnage or more



add topic MARN6001A

Manage cargo operations



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Maintain a safe navigational watch

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Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

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Transmit and receive information by visual signalling


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR50313 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

    Pathways from the qualification

    Not applicable

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Master (Unlimited) as described in Marine Orders Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications under the Navigation Act 2012 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR60213 Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited) and other requirements; people seeking certification should check with AMSA.

Employability Skills

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:


Complete documentation and reporting requirements on matters related to the development of emergency and damage control plans

Interpret information relevant to legislative requirements to ensure the security and safety of life of crew, passengers and others at sea

Maintain documentation related to legislative requirements


Apply team-building strategies to achieve strengthened crew and individual commitment to organisational vision and goals

Coordinate crew in search and rescue operations

Develop search and rescue strategy based on all available information and after consultation with others in the established chain of command


Apply decision-making techniques including situation and risk assessment, identifying and generating options, selecting a course of action and evaluating outcome effectiveness

Identify and solve problems that may arise during search and rescue operations, report problems and issues, and take appropriate action based on available information

Promote use of problem-solving strategies and techniques to identify and generate options

Initiative and enterprise

Analyse potential collision situations and take appropriate action in ample time according to regulatory requirements

Take appropriate action where noncompliance is identified

Take appropriate initiative for search and rescue operations

Planning and organising

Define and document responsibilities in job descriptions for applying the environmental management plan and duty statements

Develop operational plan in consultation with relevant personnel

Develop security risk management plans


Clearly define own responsibility for the safety of navigation at all times including periods when the Master is on the bridge and while under pilotage

Convey a calm, confident and reassuring personal attitude

Provide leadership to crew and individuals


Conduct relevant training to facilitate compliance

Identify and assess training needs of crew and individuals on a regular basis according to organisational procedures

Provide training on the environmental management plan procedures and practices


Conduct performance checks of navigation position fixing instruments and systems

Select and use shipboard instruments to assist in forecasting weather and oceanographic conditions

Use technology to store and retrieve information