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MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR40320 State ID: BFW3
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Fancy a life at sea?

This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Master IV Near Coastal skipper in the maritime industry. This qualification is suitable for those sailing as Master on vessels up to 35 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or a Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length.

You will gain the following skills:

  • Handling cargo
  • Applying vessel stability knowledge
  • Checking and maintaining equipment
  • Manoeuvring vessels
  • Communicating effectively in a marine environment
  • Applying survival skills at sea
  • Navigating a safe passage, and
  • Applying ship structural knowledge.
Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

Successful completion of this qualification will provide you with some of the requirements for certification as a Master up to 35 metres near coastal as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

Certification will require:

  • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D and AMSA final assessment,
  • qualifying sea service and completed Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved task book or qualifying sea service,
  • achievement of the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal),
  • meeting additional requirements (as specified by AMSA),
  • passing the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA),
  • completing and submitting a certificate of competency application to AMSA.

People seeking certification should check with AMSA.


Upon successful completion you will receive a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal).

Job opportunities include:

  • Ship's Mate or Master 

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA

Please note: This list is a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here. (opens in a new tab)

Study options and how to apply

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Available all year round, 2023

Batavia Coast Maritime Institute - Self Paced Onsite


Many of our courses offer flexible learning options that provide you with the opportunity to study WHENEVER and WHEREVER suits you.  Typically, flexible, and self-paced options are part-time and open for enrolment all year round, allowing you to start, enrol and study continuously. 

Once you enrol into your chosen units, you will have six (6) months from the date of your enrolment to complete your study.

Duration 6 Months
When Available all year round, 2023
Where Batavia Coast Maritime Institute
How Self Paced Onsite
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $750.96 $750.96

Please note: Course information and fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Fees may differ between campus locations due to the difference between elective units in the course study plan or a need to adapt courses to meet local industry needs.
  • Fees may also differ for individuals depending on units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • Fees are payable at the time of enrolment.
  • Total fees quoted include tuition fees and resource fees. You may also be required to purchase text books, uniforms or other personal equipment that are not included in this fee estimate.
  • For Lower Fees, Local Skills (half-price) courses please refer to additional eligibility information above.
  • Concession rates: If eligible, proof of concession must be presented.
  • Concessions and the secondary school age fee cap do not apply to commercial courses (short courses), or Foundation Programs (i.e ESL and General Education).
  • Secondary school aged persons (in 2023, students born on or after 1 July 2005 who are at least 15 years old in 2023) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course (tuition) fee chargeable is $420. Additional resource fees and discretionary fees may apply. 
  • VET Student Loans for eligible courses and fee caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government.

More information: Visit our fees and payment options page or call us on 1800 672 700



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