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Australian Maritime Qualifications

Master 5 / Skipper 3

The course provides approved training to the competency requirements for a Master Class 5 or a Skipper Grade 3 Certificate, as specified by the NSCV and Marine and Maritime Safety Queensland. A person who has obtained a Certificate of Competency as a Master 5/Skipper 3 is able to act in the following capacities:

  1. Master on a fishing or trading vessel less than 24 metres in length within 200 nautical miles of the coast.
  2. Chief Mate on a trading vessel less than 35 metres in length within 600 nautical miles of the coast.
  3. Chief Mate of a fishing vessel less than:
    • 80 metres in length for operations within 200 nautical miles of the coast
    • 35 metres in length for unlimited domestic operations.

There are additional short courses that will need to be completed, we can assist or you may have already completed these.

Marine Radio
Elements of Ship Board Safety
Senior First Aid

The course consists of units of competency selected by marine authorities from the nationally accredited TDM07 Maritime Training Package.
The subjects the course covers: Ship Knowledge, Nautical Knowledge, Navigation and Position Determination, Human Resource Management, Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency, Elements of Shipboard Safety. The course has a strong practical emphasis with students undertaking vessel manoeuvring, towing, person overboard, berthing, lifting, refueling, etc using a variety of vessels:

  • 6 metre dinghy
  • 10 metre sail vessel
  • 16 metre patrol vessel
  • 16.5 metre landing barge
  • 23 metre motor dive vessel

Career opportunities

The Master Class 5 certificate of competency is issued by the appropriate maritime regulatory authority in each state and territory. A Master Class 5 or Skipper Grade 3 certificate allows a person to be employed as master of a commercial vessel up to 24 metres in length, within limits specified by the Marine Authority (usually up to 200 nautical miles from the coast).

Entry requirements

As determined by the appropriate Marine Authority. Medical and eye-sight requirements apply.

Course structure

The course consists of units of competency selected by marine authorities from the nationally accredited TDM07 Maritime Training Package.

Course dates 2012

Rolling enrolment, students can enrol whenever they want, we offer training for each subject one day a week, often this can change if we have group who are needing to get through quicker.


Traineeships Available

You may be eligible for a traineeship if you have not received any funding in the past 7 years and do not have a University degree. Download your eligibility form click here. Fax back to the number on the form.

Course location

This course will be delivered in Cairns, with regular site visits to industry outlets

How to apply

Call us to arrange a Student Interview, discuss your options, your directions and work out the best plan for you. We can conduct this interview either at the following locations below or over the phone.


e-Campus Australia - Belinda
Maritime College Head Office
184 Pease Street
Cairns QLD 4870

e-Campus Australia - Michelle
Maritime College Gladstone Student Administration
Shop 2A
Bryan Jordan Drive
Gladstone Marina
Gladstone QLD 4680

Local call 1300 787 599 (Australia only)
Telephone: +61 7 4053 5824




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