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Marine Navigation, Maritime Engineering, Marine Recreation Courses & & Marine Apprenticeships at Maritime Training Centre in Fermantle and Logistics Courses in Jandakot WA

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Established in 2016 after a merger of Challenger Institute of Technology and Polytechnic West campuses, South Metropolitan TAFE is of Western Australia’s largest training providers. More than 39,000 students study and train each year in about 500 different qualifications , from foundation courses and apprenticeships to associate degrees, on 14 campuses with major campuses in Bentley, Carlisle, Fremantle, Murdoch, Rockingham, Thornlie and Mandurah.

South Metropolitan TAFE provides world-class training marine studies, marine operations and marine engineering. It will set you up for a career in a range of maritime-related fields, including commercial fishing, marine tourism, aquaculture, deck cadet and ship’s captain. TAFE’s Maritime Training Centre is located in the Fremantle Port precinct.

It will set you up for a career in a range of maritime-related fields including commercial shipping as integrated ratings, cadets, chief engineer and ship’s captain in the critical skills shortage areas of maritime and oil and gas operations within the shorebased, coastal, offshore and ocean industry sectors. Logitics & warehousing courses are conducted at Jandakot campus.

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Training Programs


Marine Navigation Courses

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) (6 months, FT): Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, fisheries, fishing, tourism and aquaculture.
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating) -1 year Apprenticeship or 11 weeks FT Training: The Integrated Rating (IR) course is an entry-level qualification to equip new entrants into the maritime industry with practical skills and knowledge in general shipboard operations of merchant ships.  This course is the AMSA approved pre-sea training course required (along with the AMSA required sea service) for issuance of the AMSA Integrated Rating Certificate of Proficiency.
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Upto 24 Meters Near Costal) (6 months, Flexible FT): This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry as a Master on commercial vessels up to 24 meters in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master Upto 35 Meters Near Costal) (10 weeks): This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to safely operate a commercial vessel up to 35 meters in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or on vessels up to 80 meters in length inshore limits. You will learn skills in shipboard safety, marine radio operation, ship structural knowledge, ship handling and navigation and cargo operations for commercial shipping operations.
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck): The Deck Watchkeeper qualification allows the holder to sail as Deck Watchkeeper on unlimited vessel size and in unlimited areas. Entry is via deck-cadet or integrated rating pathway.  The Master < 500GT / Deck Watchkeeper is an international qualification and holders commonly work in the offshore Oil rig Industry, Merchant ocean going vessels, large charter vessels, Large 'White Boat' yacht Industry, tugs, Sailing ships etc.
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited): This qualification is aligned to the educational requirement for certification as a Master Unlimited as described in Marine Orders Part 3 Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) under the Navigation Act 1912. It meets the requirements of the IMO STCW Code- Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for the issue of a Certificate of Competency by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Up to 500 GT): This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as a Master, Chief Mate or Watchkeeper Deck on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage (GT) in any operating area, or as Master or Chief Mate of vessels less than 3000 GT operating in near coastal waters.

Maritime Engineering Courses

  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal (By Correspondence, Flexible, Full Time Pre-Apprenticeship, On The Job, or Traineeship) (6 months): 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).
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 1) (1 year Flexible, FT): This qualification is suitable for people who work as an Engineer Class 1 in the maritime industry on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area. This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as an Engineer Class 1.
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 2) (1 year Flexible, FT): This qualification is suitable for people who work as an Engineer Class 2 in the maritime industry on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area.
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 3 Near Coastal) (6 months Flexible, FT): Successful completion of this qualification will provide you with some of the requirements for certification as an Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

Marine Apprenticeships

  • Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction-Apprenticeship (3 years): This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required by a tradesman working in marine craft construction. Training is project based and covers all aspects of the construction process from design and drawing including the use of CAD , timber construction of plugs, and composite moulds and products. People with this qualification may work in a manufacturing or repair organization producing a variety of marine craft from superyachts to kayaks.
  • Certificate III in Marine Mechanical Technology-Apprenticeship (3 years): An apprentice Automotive Technician - Marine Light is involved in working mainly on pleasure craft with inboard or outboard motors, they can be trailer mounted and pull behind a car or moored in the river, ocean or a marina. This apprenticeship training program comprises on and off the job components, with training blocks of four weeks twice a year for 2.5 years. Block release times are negotiated with industry to minimize the impact on peak workplace production.
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating): 1 year Apprenticeship or FT 11 weeks
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near (6 months): Full Time Pre-Apprenticeship, or Traineeship

Marine Recreation Courses

  • Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation (6 months): This qualification will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to work as an assistant guide in the Marine Tourism, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation industry
  • Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation (1 years FT): The core skills covered includes planning and guiding outdoor recreation activities, marine and shore based tour guiding, snorkel and kayak guiding, OHS and risk management, first aid, elements of shipboard safety, food preparation on a vessel and quality service.

Logistics and Warehousing Courses

  • Certificate II in Stevedoring (1 year FT): The Certificate II qualification is for those engaged in stevedoring within the transport and logistics industry who undertake a rank of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and take some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.
  • Certificate II in Logistics (1 year PT): This course is ideal for new entrants to the transport and logistics industry. This may include already employed junior staff members, currently unqualified staff, or those looking to enter the industry.
  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations (1 year PT): When you complete the Certificate II in Warehousing Operations, you will have what it takes to start a career in warehousing, transport and logistics, as a warehouse operator, freight handler, store person or forklift operator.
  • Certificate III in Logistics (1 year PT): When you complete the Certificate III in Logistics, you will have what it takes to advance your career in warehousing, transport and logistics, as a team leader, warehouse operator, inventory controller, or fleet controller.
  • Certificate III in Warehousing Operations (1 year PT): When you complete the Certificate III in Warehousing Operations, you will have what it takes to advance your career in warehousing, transport and logistics, as a team leader, warehouse operator, inventory controller, or fleet controller.
  • Certificate IV in Logistics (1 year PT): When you complete the Certificate IV in Logistics, you will have what it takes to handle a supervisory career in supply chain management, as a team leader, distribution centre manager, contract manager, or logistics supervisor.
  • Certificate IV in Warehousing Operations (1 year PT): When you complete the Certificate IV in Warehousing Operations, you will have what it takes to handle a supervisory career in supply chain management, as a team leader, distribution centre manager, contract manager, or transport manager.
  • Diploma of Logistics (1 year PT): Successful completion will require the self-directed application of knowledge and skills, with substantial depth in areas where judgment is required in planning and selecting appropriate equipment, services and techniques. It may include participation in teams, including those concerned with planning and evaluation functions.

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