MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations [Master less than 500 GT]

National code: MAR50320 | WA course code: AC53 | CRICOS code: 105104H

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.

MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations [Master less than 500 GT]

About this course

Get qualified for a maritime career working as a master or chief mate on vessels less than 500 gross tonnage.

During this course you will experience fighting fires in simulated environments, practicing in-water survival skills and rescuing others in distress. You will also learn how to tie seaman’s knots and hitches to ships in rough waters. 

This course will develop your leadership capability to lead and manage a crew on any size vessel. You will gain the skills to instruct the ship's crew on watchkeeping, wheelhouse operations, environmental management, routine maintenance, record keeping and logbooks, communications and stability. 

On successful completion of this course you will be able to perform the duties or functions of:

  • a master on vessels less than 24 metres (foreign going);
  • a chief mate on vessels with less than 3000 gross tonnage (GT);
  • a master of commercial vessels with less than 500 gross tonnage (GT); and
  • a mate on vessels with less than 500 gross tonnage (GT).

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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.

  • Students must have 36 months of sea time to achieve AMSA certification requirements. Please refer to regulatory requirements licensing information listed under additional information.

  • Students must submit a comprehensive Resume outlining their work experiences, employment history and qualifications in order for the application to be assessed for entry into this course.

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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

Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this qualification. This qualification meets some of the requirements to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master of a commercial vessel less than 500 GT as defined in Marine Orders and STCW.

AMSA certification of competency will require:

  • completing an approved program of study that meets regulations STCW A-II/1 and A-II/2 (MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Masters less than 500 GT)
  • holding or have held certificates of competency as defined in Marine Order 71
  • qualifying sea service as defined in Marine Order 71
  • completing STCW short courses as defined in Marine Order 71
  • holding a valid AMSA certificate of medical fitness
  • having passed a final AMSA assessment
  • meeting any other regulatory requirements as defined in Marine Order 71


Seafarers seeking certification should check requirements with AMSA.

Career opportunities

  • Ship's Master
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