MAR Compass Adjuster
Shipping companies and vessel operators are required to maintain and manage the performance of ship magnetic compasses to ensure that they remain within acceptable safety limits of deviation. Failure to maintain a magnetic compass in good working condition or to monitor deviations may result in a vessel being delayed or detained and potentially the vessel owner and/or master being prosecuted. If deviations are greater than the acceptable safety limits, a qualified compass adjuster or master of a vessel is required to adjust the compass.
Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio equipment) requires a qualified compass adjuster or master of a vessel to adjust the compass) along with International Marine Orders (IMO) set the qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships, and mandate the requirement for AMSA to ensure Australian seafarers have the required skills and knowledge to operate safely and in compliance with the International Convention for the requirements of compass adjusters and the corresponding Australian regulatory requirements.
The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed to develop a new Compass Adjuster Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency in response to AMSA regulatory requirements. The project will enable seafarers to gain AMSA certification required for Compass Adjusters. Throughout the project, broad consultation with AMSA will be undertaken to ensure that all required skills and knowledge needs are included within the proposed Skill Set.
The project will develop one new Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency that includes mandated training requirements described within AMSA Marine Order 27 (Safety of navigation and radio equipment).
The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.
How to get involved
A Technical Advisory Committee will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.
Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.
Technical advisory committee
5 AUGUST 2019
MARITIME SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED
Work on this project has commenced and the Maritime IRC is forming a TAC.
Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to develop a new Compass Adjuster Skill Set and one new Unit of Competency aligned to AMSA regulatory and certification requirements.
TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.
For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.
18 MAY 2020
The Maritime TAC has finalised draft materials for this project.
The TAC has developed two new Compass Adjuster Skill Sets and three new Units of Competency aligned to AMSA regulatory and certification requirements.
Feedback on draft materials closed on Monday, 15 June 2020 for consideration by the TAC.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
5 FEBRUARY 2020
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project is continuing the development of Training Package materials.
Draft material is expected to be available in April/May 2020 for public consultation and feedback.
Summary of development
Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.
Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC.
Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Maritime Compass Adjusters, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.
10 SEPTEMBER 2020
FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT
The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.
The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in October 2020.
1 JULY 2020
The Maritime TAC has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.
Feedback on draft materials closed on Wednesday, 15 July 2020 for consideration by the TAC.
Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.
Summary of feedback
- More practical adjustment swings
- Meet AMSA requirements
29 JANUARY 2021
The Maritime Training Package Release 7.0 has been endorsed by Skills Ministers for implementation.
The Maritime Industry Reference Committee, with the support of Technical Advisory Committees, has revised the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) and developed new Units of Competency and Skill Sets for specialist maritime operations.
The revised Training Package enables workforce mobility and supports the development of specialised career pathways for Dynamic Positioning Operators, Compass Adjusters and Maritime Towage.
Compass Adjuster – two new Skill Sets and three new Units of Competency have been developed to codify the skills required by seafarers to qualify for AMSA certification as Compass adjusters.
To read more about the drivers for this project, please click on the Project overview tab.
To support the delivery of the Training Package, a Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) has been developed to assist assessors, trainers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and enterprises. The CVIG contains a comprehensive list of all products in the Training Package; mapping information which details the changes that have been made to the materials; regulation and licensing implications; and useful links to other information.
The approved Maritime Training Package Release 7.0 is now available on training.gov.au.
This release includes the below listed projects:
The following materials were approved:
Two revised (2) qualifications
MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations
Seven (7) new skill sets
MARSS00035 Assist Marine Towage Operations Skill Set
MARSS00036 Basic Operations for Dynamic Positioning Skill Set
MARSS00037 Compass Adjuster Limited Skill Set
MARSS00038 Compass Adjuster Unlimited Skill Set
MARSS00039 Dynamic Positioning Operator Skill Set
MARSS00040 Perform Marine Towage Operations Skill Set
MARSS00041 Plan Marine Towage Operations Skill Set
Ten (10) new Units of Competency
MARB050 Adjust a magnetic compass
MARB051 Apply elements of magnetic compass adjusting
MARB052 Apply knowledge of the principles of magnetic compass adjusting
MARF048 Plan marine towage operations
MARH025 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning fundamentals
MARH026 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning operations
MARH027 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning systems
MARH028 Conduct dynamic positioning operations
MARH029 Perform marine towage operations
MARN017 Assist with marine towage operations
Three (3) revised Units of Competency
MARB053 Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel
MARG012 Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel
MARN016 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel
16 DECEMBER 2020
At its meeting on 2 December 2020 the AISC approved the Maritime Training Package (Release 7.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.
For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.
27 OCTOBER 2020
CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC
The draft Training Package materials have been submitted to the AISC.
Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.
Industry Skills Specialist - Maritime