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Coxswain, Marine Engine Driver, and Master Vocational Training and Marine Short Courses at BCMI Geraldton

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TAFE Central Regional was established in 2016 after a merger between Durack Institute of Technology, Goldfields Institute of Technology Kalgoorlie Campus and the CY O’Connor Institute (Northam, Merredin and Moora campuses). TAFE Central Regional plays an important role in addressing industry’s need for an appropriately skilled workforce and offers a range of nationally recognized qualifications ranging from Certificate I through to Advanced Diploma in a wide range of industry areas. The campuses are located at Geraldton, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Moora, Northam, and Wiluna.

Opened in 2006, the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) campus is a state of the art training, research and development facility located on the oceanfront of the picturesque Separation Point in Geraldton. The Maritime (including Coxwain, Master Class IV and MED), Aquaculture, Environmental and Science programs are all delivered from the BCMI campus. The institute provides Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) prescribed courses for the seafarers.

The BCMI maintains a 20m marine vessel and numerous smaller boats that are used for maritime and aquaculture training. The 20m vessel is named Master Class and is also used for charters to the Abrolhos Islands and for scuba diving courses. Students at BCMI have the unique advantage of learning and developing skills within a commercially operational environment, providing them with a realistic and hands-on training experience.

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Training Programs


Maritime Programs

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) (4 weeks): This qualification enables graduates to command a commercial marine vessel up to 12 metres in length with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500 kW for an inboard engine.
  • Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal) (2 weeks): This qualification enables graduates to command a commercial marine vessel up to 12 metres in length with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 100 kW for an inboard engine that is not carrying passengers, and to operate this vessel in sheltered waters, and or as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or within 3 nm from point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease.
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal) (6 weeks): This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry operating as Chief Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 1500 kW and Second Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 3000 kW in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) (3 weeks): This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry operating as Chief Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 750 kW and Second Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 1500 kW in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Up To 24 Metres Near Coastal) (6 weeks): This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Master V Near Coastal skipper in the maritime industry. This course will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to safely operate a commercial vessel of less than 24 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master Up To 35 Metres Near Coastal) (7 weeks): 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

Marine Short Courses

  • Recreational Skippers Ticket

LAST UPDATED ON Jan 31, 2019

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