Master <24m  QLD $2499 (Concession price available)
Cannonvale, {Shark Bay or Fremantle Dates & Cost by appointment}

“What do I need for a Master 24 Metres?”

  • Start on the workbook straight away. Then come to the block course
  • It was called a Master 5 and still allows you to skipper vessels to 24 metres
  • You need to show you have experience working at sea in a deck, or deck and engineering capacity. The licence requires either:
    • 120 days on commercial vessels greater than or equal to 7.5 metres long with a completed approved task book.
    • 600 days of which at least half must be on vessels greater than or equal to 7.5 metres long, at least half on commercial vessels, and up to half on recreational vessels greater than or equal to 5 metres long, without a task book.

    You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the five years before the application.

    You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:

    • Record of sea service form 771
    • an approved sea service log book
    • the on board sea service record from your task book
    • a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.
  • We have taskbooks. They are $30 and allow a significant reduction in time but require dedication and planning to complete. They are used to record your onboard completion of jobs to the correct standard. Master 24 Guidance Notes
  • You can complete theory course before finishing your taskbook. Check this out Taskbook guide
  • One of the first questions we get asked is “How long is the course?” We have blended learning. Which means a mix of in house group training,  phone and zoom contact sessions.
  • Every student arrives with different abilities, skill and knowledge levels. We assess these and create an individual training plan which is only as long as needed to ensure you have the ability and knowledge required by regulations to carry out your job. During the course we re-evaluate where you are at, in case your plan needs adjusting with more/less training.
  • Our average student, aged 25 with lots of boating behind them, and lots of work and life experience could probably expect to complete 3-4 weeks face to face with practical training, and 5 zoom sessions.
  • Shipboard Safety, First Aid and Long Range Radio are required before obtaining your licence. Because some students already have these, they are extra cost. We offer them every month, so check out the other course pages. Shipboard Safety is required for the course.
  • We do a language, literacy and numeracy assessment at enrollment. Its a Government requirement to check if you need assistance. We have programmes to assist if needed
  • If not doing a task book a full sea time assessment is completed on enrollment to assess current experience and abilities.
  • You need to complete a self declaration of your medical condition on the 426 application. An eye-sight test is required (The eyesight test can be bulk billed)
  • Equipment is provided including dividers, a drawing compass and parallel ruler. taskbooks
Course Locations
  • 1/6 Commerce Close Cannonvale, QUEENSLAND or Fremantle
  • Option 1:  3 weeks minimum Face 2 Face then tutorials as planned
  • Book online with a $29 non refundable deposit (can be transferred once) Course starting is COVID regulation dependent.
  • There’s an assignment or exam for each subject. Look at the list of subjects as each student is required to keep track of their own studies and progress.
  • A lot of research and study is required from each student before attending the block course as this is a time to consolidate knowledge already being gained and work as a team to close any gaps in skills and knowledge. On completion a certificate is issued.
  • The course is very practical with on water navigation exercises and attendance at a slipway and engineering workshop. If during the course you are assessed as not having the required skills or knowledge you may need to go back to employment or commit to further study. There is no guarantee of being deemed competent or receiving a certificate after 
  • There is an AMSA practical assessment conducted separately with a practical voyage in open waters and all the required drills. $449
  • Grab a copy of Gandy’s Australian Boating manual and look through it in detail.
  1. Check sea time and licence requirements on the AMSA website
  2. Have a interview. Complete a sea time assessment and language literacy assessment.
  3. Get a taskbook from us if necessary.
  4. Enroll and pay the $29 deposit or work out a payment plan
  5. Get the study guide.
  6. We suggest getting the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy
  7. Attend a full time face to face block course.
  8. Ensure you have marine radio, long range for master < 24 ($199), First Aid ($149) and Shipboard Safety (additional charge) $399
  9. Complete an assignment or Assessment for each unit
  10. Complete the on water practical assessment
  11. Complete the AMPA assessment $449
  12. Obtain an eye sight test from a Doctor or Optometrist
  13. Submit an application to AMSA via Post office for a fee.
  • Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • Provide first aid
  • Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
  • Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Meet work health and safety requirements
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • Monitor environmental management on a vessel
  • Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters
  • Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres

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