MAR50315 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Watchkeeper Deck

National code: MAR50315 | WA course code: AWO1 | CRICOS code: 088804C

TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

MAR50315 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Watchkeeper Deck

About this course

Embark on your career in the maritime industry. This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to meet the academic requirements for certification in maritime operations, as described in Marine Orders – Part 3 – Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) under the Australian Navigation Act 1912.

This course covers marine safety, communications, ship knowledge, seamanship, cargo and bridge operations. In order to be eligible for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Watchkeeper Deck Certificate of Competency, you should have 18-36 months qualifying sea services on appropriate ships as a Deck Cadet or equivalent in an approved program. This is required to be assessed by AMSA.

Below are requirements for entry into this course. To be considered, you must have:
a. completed a pre-sea course and an AMSA approved and monitored onboard training program for trainee Deck Officers including at least 24 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels at least 500 GT; OR
b. completed at least 36 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels at least 24 metres AND have served the qualifying seagoing service mentioned above (a) and (b) WITH AT LEAST 12 months on vessels on voyages of at least 24 hours duration AND at least 6 of the 12 months mentioned as documented understudy of the officer in charge of a navigation watch on a vessel.

Based on any certificates or qualifications that you may already hold, you may also be required to undertake additional short course qualifications as specified by AMSA. This is an AMSA requirement for certification for all seafarers. The fees may be up to $9,996 depending on your training.

More information is available at the AMSA website ( ). Students are encouraged to refer to this website on a regular basis as frequent changes may occur.

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Admission requirements

  • An IELTS score (Academic) of 6.0 with no band score less than 6.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 12.

  • Plus a letter of sea service assessment from Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

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Tuition fees

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Resource fees

Resource fees are for consumables used by a student in the course of their study e.g. paint, internet use etc. This fee is paid to your college at enrolment.

If your course goes for two semesters or more, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your courses. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees

​The Materials fee includes any item that remains the property of a student after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc... This fee is paid to your college at enrolment.

Additional information

More information is available at the AMSA website ( Students are encouraged to check this website on a regular basis as frequent changes may occur.

Career opportunities

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