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Master up to 45m NC – Cert IV Maritime Operations

MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal)

Provides approved training to the competency requirements for a Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal Certificate as specified by the NSCV and AMSA.


This qualification is for people who wish to work as a Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal in the Maritime Industry and act as:

  • Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length

Participants are required to successfully complete 22 units of competency to be issued with a MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations, those units are made up of the 17 units from the Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal, 4 units from ESS and 1 unit from first aid.

course outline

All participants must complete the Master up to 45m NC course and are required to complete self-study and assignments. This course covers theoretical and practical knowledge of the following: 

  • Slipping and Docking vessels
  • Vessel maintenance
  • Navigation and Position Determination
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Wheelhouse Equipment and Electronic Navigation Aids
  • Watch keeping
  • Vessel Design and Construction
  • Vessel Regulations
  • Environmental management
  • Maintaining Vessel Stability
  • Cargo Operations
  • Crew and vessel management
  • Propulsion and Machinery operation and management
  • Working at heights and Confined Space Entry

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 and verbal assessments of underpinning knowledge;
  • written assignments;
  • simulated workplace scenarios using vessel simulators;
  • simulated activities conducted in the classroom assessment; and
  • demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge completed on board a vessel.


The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D—Crew Competencies requires that a seafarer pass a final assessment prior to the issue of a certificate of competency – learn more here.

things you need to know


From $3,650

Includes ESS & First Aid, excludes AMSA licence and AMSA oral exam fees.

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

Additional AMSA Fees may apply


As there is an AMSA licencing requirement for participants to have sea time accrued as a Master up to 24 metres, (currently offered as MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations – Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) SMT has tailored its course for participants who have:

  • a qualification equivalent or recognised as Master up to 24m and
  • the combined qualifying sea service (verified experience) requirements of a Master up to 24m (600 days) and Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal (240 days’ watch keeping) totalling 840 days.

The experience combined with the courses duration exceeds the volume of learning requirements of the qualification.

course duration

Most people complete this course over a 4-weeks in duration which incorporates intensive supervised training and assessment.

During the course, classes will be held each day between 9am – 5pm, 5 days a week.

Participants should also expect to complete some self-study and assignments outside of class hours

equipment & materials

All equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT.

Participants must bring their own writing materials and wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and wet weather gear appropriate for the weather conditions forecast. As part of your practical assessments, you will be conducting an overnight voyage, you will need your own personal effects such as toiletries, additional clothing and possibly bedding depending on the vessel used for this voyage.

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