Diploma Of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

( Maritime Operations & Engineering )
Course code: AWO1
National ID: MAR50315

About this Course

Study Mode Full-time
International Yes
University Pathway No

Dates for 2016

1st February

18th July

This marine course is aligned to the educational requirements for certification as Deck Watchkeeper as described in Marine Orders - Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) under the Australian Navigation Act 1912. A history of sea time/service on board a vessel will be required to obtain a certificate of competency from AMSA.

There are two pathways into the course:

The Deck Watchkeeper qualification allows the holder to sail as Deck Watchkeeper on unlimited vessel size and in unlimited areas. Entry via deck-cadet or integrated rating pathway. 

The Master < 500GT / Deck Watchkeeper is an international qualification. 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.

This qualification is delivered at South Metropolitan TAFE over 2 semesters, which equates to 12 months full-time study.

Study Plan

Block 1

Unit Code Title
WH847 Provide Leadership To Crew

Block 2

Unit Code Title
WH840 Control Safe Access To And On Vessel
WH842 Respond To Emergencies
WH862 Ensure Compliance With Environmental Management Legislation
WH863 Inspect And Report Defects And Damage To Vessel
WH867 Perform Basic Vessel Manoeuvres
WH881 Maintain Seaworthiness Of A Vessel
WH885 Transmit And Receive Information By Visual Signalling

Block 3

Unit Code Title
AVE01 Manage Loading, Unloading And Stowage Of Cargo
WH792 Maintain Vessel Stability
WH838 Work Safely In Confined Spaces On A Vessel

Block 4

Unit Code Title
WH855 Plan And Conduct A Passage

Block 5

Unit Code Title
WH857 Use Bridge Equipment To Determine Vessel Position
WH883 Maintain A Safe Navigational Watch

Certificate Of Safety Training

Unit Code Title
WH831 Follow Vessel Security Procedures
WH834 Observe Personal Safety And Social Responsibility
WH836 Prevent And Fight Fires On Board A Vessel
WH837 Survive At Sea In The Event Of Vessel Abandonment

Safety Short Courses

Unit Code Title
WG732 Provide First Aid
WH835 Operate Survival Craft And Other Lifesaving Appliances
WH839 Manage Firefighting And Fire Prevention Activities On Board A Vessel
WH841 Provide Medical First Aid On Board A Vessel
WH884 Transmit And Receive Information By The Global Maritime Distress And Safety System

Simulator Short Courses

Unit Code Title
AUG83 Apply Maritime Resource Management Principles
WH856 Use An Electronic Chart Display And Information System To Navigate Safely

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses in 2016 on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Fees have been quoted on the basis of 2016 fee rates only. These are expected to change in 2017.​ Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2016​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​.​​​​​​​​

Location and Availability
Campus Availability
Wa Maritime Training Ctre S1
Wa Maritime Training Ctre S2
Wa Maritime Training Ctre Y
Y: All Year
S1: Semester 1
S2: Semester 2
Entrance Requirements

For entry into for some courses you may need an existing lower-level qualification. For other courses, you may need to demonstrate that you meet a certain level of communication and maths skills.

To discover the most up-to-date entrance requirements for this course before you apply, visit State Training Admissions.

Alternatively contact us directly.

International students:
For information about entrance requirements and how to apply for a South Metropolitan TAFE course, please visit our international section or contact us at international.students@smatfe.wa.edu.au ​​

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Information contained within South Metropolitan TAFE's Course Catalogue is maintained frequently, however be aware there may be situations where data listed doesn't reflect the most current information for the course.

If you wish to confirm the accuracy of any of the information listed, please contact us.​

Domestic full time students:

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in. Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.

Tuition fees:

these fees apply to all qualifications - including apprenticeships and traineeships - except access and bridging courses. Please note that you may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees. Please contact the Institute for concession categories. 

Resource fees:

this fee covers the cost of materials and consumables provided by South Metropolitan TAFE. Resource fees vary depending on the content of the course. Some courses such as marine studies, fishing operations, horticulture and outdoor recreation, incur high resource fees.​​

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