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Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) - MAR20318

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Course Name Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
Course Code MAR20318
Location Newnham Campus, Launceston
Duration Approx. 5 weeks
Course Fees
  • Coxswain AMC Tuition Fees: $1,827.00*
  • AMPA Administration Fee: $200.00
  • AMSA Certificate of Competency Application Fee: $152.00
Intake 2

1 October – 8 November 2019 ^ +

Included in course fees:
Shipboard Safety Skill Set: 3 - 4 October 2019
Provide First Aid (HLTAID003): 7 - 8 October 2019

Not included in course fees:
Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP): 1 & 2 October 2019 ($125.00)

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Our Coxswain course equips you with the necessary skills to command, safely and efficiently, a commercial vessel of less than 12m and 500kW engaged in inshore operations. On completion of this course, you may obtain a Certificate of Competency as a Coxswain subject to AMSA requirements.

What can a Coxswain do?

A Coxswain can master a fishing or trading vessel less than 12 metres in length and limited to inshore waters (15nm), or become an engineer on a vessel less than 12 metres in length with engines less than 500kW and limited to inshore waters (15nm). You will then be able to seek employment in the small vessel sector including tourism, commercial workboats, fisheries, fishing and aquaculture.

About the course

You will develop the practical skills of coastal navigation and seamanship using a range of vessels such as the 14m 'Reviresco', 8m 'Skipjack' and the twin outboard 6m Bar Crusher 'Chromis'.

Engineering practicals will show you how to deal with varied situations including a drowned outboard and operating complex pumping systems and inboard diesel engines. You will also undertake practical firefighting and survival training in our purpose-built facilities as part of the Shipboard Safety Skill set training, to provide you with an understanding of skills required for safety at sea.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

For further information regarding AMSA Certification of Competency, please refer to the AMSA Website

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for the Certificate II however, experience on and around boats would be an advantage. To be eligible for the issue of a Certificate of Competency (Coxswain), you must meet the requirements of your state marine authority including satisfactory completion of an approved training program, eyesight and medical tests and approved sea-time. You will need six-months sea time; some recreational boating may be included.


On-campus accommodation is available, for further information please visit the UTAS Accommodation website.

How to apply

Please visit the VET Online Application page to apply.

Need further information?

Please complete the Online Enquiry Form and the most appropriate person will respond to you directly.

Contact details

VET Administration
Australian Maritime College
Locked Bay 1397
Launceston Tasmania 7250
T: +61 3 6324 9404

* Includes 1 week of short courses, Shipboard Safety Skill Set (cost included in course fee) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (cost not included in course fee).

^ Dates may vary depending on units undertaken. AMC reserves the right to reschedule or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolments

Unique Student Identifier (USI)
As of 1 January 2015 students undertaking nationally recognised training are required to have a USI.
To apply, please visit: Unique Student Identifier. You will be asked to provide your USI upon enrolment.