The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) commissioned the review of the MAR Maritime Training Package with the objective to incorporate the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) certification requirements and strengthen assessment requirements.
This project was broken into three Phases due to the various Industry sector requirements for certification.
Phase One was completed and involved the review of the below qualifications (Near Coastal):
- Marine Engine Driver Grade 2
- Coxswain Grade 2
- Coxswain Grade 1
- Marine Engine Driver Grade 3
- Master up to 24 metres
- Master Inland Waters.
Phase Two Qualifications have been incorporated into Phase Three. This has enabled the diploma qualifications in Phase Two to be incorporated into a streamed Diploma to reduce duplication, creating a simple pathway for AMSA certification.
To reduce duplication many of the engineering and Master qualifications have been combined, again providing a simple pathway for certification. The project will assist seafarers to meet AMSA certification requirements and prepare them for the final AMSA assessment. AMSA will issue the seafarer with a Certificate of Competency in line with the IMO model courses.
AMSA requirements, Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Model course have been incorporated into qualifications, Skill Sets and Units of Competency where appropriate.
The intended completion date of this project was October 2019. It is now March 2020. This is to allow for expected changes to qualifications and units impacted by the proposed Marine Order 505 review.
Phase Three now involves the review and development of the following:
The Engineering Operations project includes the revision of:
Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
Diploma of Maritime Operations (Engineer Watchkeeper)
The above two Diplomas are being replaced by:
Diploma of Marine Engineering (streamed)
Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering Class 2)
The above two Advanced Diplomas are being replaced by:
Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1)
Note: The Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) that is existing will stay for 3 to 5 years, to provide a pathway for those seafarers with the current Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 2).
The Deck Operations project includes the revision of:
Certificate IV in Maritime Operations Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal
(May become 45 metres as part of AMSA’s review of Marine Order 505).
Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)
The above three Diplomas are being replaced by:
Diploma of Maritime Operations
Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)
Qualifications to be deleted:
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Surveying)
The Leadership Skills project covers the revision of seven Units of Competency to ensure currency and that they meet the AMSA requirements of leadership and management skills for seafarers. (These units are in many Phase Three qualifications).
The seven Units of Competency include:
The Skill Sets project includes the development of:
New Skill Sets in response to regulatory requirements for safety systems and operating a range of specific vessels.
To view Project Updates prior to March 2019, see here.