Master <24m Start anytime with training $2499
With this certificate you can command a commercial vessel less than 24 metres long. This certificate will allow you to work as:
  • Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35 metres long within the EEZ
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 metres long in inshore waters.

To be eligible for a Master less than 24 metres near coastal certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date.
  • Meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.
“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 vesels to 24 metres
  • You need to show you have experience working at sea in a deck, or deck and engineering capacity. You must have completed 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.

    If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.

    If at least half of your sea service is not seaward of sheltered waters, your certificate will be restricted to sheltered waters.

    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?” In 2020 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 required including dividers, a drawing compass and parallel ruler. taskbooks
Course Locations
  • 1/6 Commerce Close Cannonvale, QUEENSLAND
  • Option 1:  3 weeks minimum Face 2 Face then tutorials as planned
  • Book online with a $29 non refundable deposit (can be transferred once)
  • 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.
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
  • MARB029 Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
  • MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
  • MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
  • MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
  • MARK008 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters
  • MARN009 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres

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