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Master 24 – Cert III Maritime Operations

M24 – MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24m Near Coastal)

Provides approved training to the competency requirements for a Master up to 24m Near Coastal Certificate as specified by the NSVC and AMSA.


This qualification is for people who require a commercial licence to skipper a vessel up to 24 metres in length within 200 nautical miles from the coast or act as Watchkeeper or Chief Mate on larger vessels.

course outline

The course covers theoretical and practical knowledge of the following:

  • COLREGS and Buoyage
  • Coastal Navigation, ENA
  • Wheelhouse systems, Meteorology
  • Maintenance and Slipping
  • Workplace regulations and legislation
  • Ship stability, Seamanship
  • Voyage planning

training & assessment

SMT provides this training by working with participants to recognise and build on their existing skills and knowledge. Training and assessment is conducted in a classroom environment, workshop and on vessels, activities will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge, completion of workbook activities and an assignment
  • verbal assessments of understanding of actions to be taken during routine, emergency and exceptional circumstances
  • computer-simulation assessments of watch keeping activities and demonstration of vessel practical skills and knowledge.


Participants who are seeking a Master up to 24m (NC) CoC must also undertake an AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) which is incorporated and completed during the course assessment – learn more here.

things you need to know


From $2,750 (includes SMT AMPA Fee)

Includes ESS and First aid

For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State Growth, Tas

Additional AMSA Fees may apply


There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

However, the training is designed for participants who have considerable experience in operating small vessels and have the required sea service to apply for a Master up to 24m (NC) CoC.

course duration

This course is 20 days, classes are generally from 9am to 5pm, with some assessment days running into the evening where required. This course timetable consists of :

  • 2 weeks training with SMT
  • a short break of 1 to 2 weeks, assignment work and study is required
  • 2 weeks training with SMT
equipment & materials

All equipment, training and assessment materials participants need are provided.

Please bring your own writing materials, wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and Wet Weather gear appropriate for the forecasted weather

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