Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Master Mariner

Working as a Master Mariner you would captain a merchant ship of any size, of any type, operating anywhere in the world. You will be responsible for people on the ship including crew members, monitor daily progress of the vessel, observing speed, engine pressure and water depths, navigation and maintain full knowledge of cargo being transported.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 26 required

  • Operate remote controls of propulsion plant, engineering systems and services
  • Coordinate search and rescue operations
  • Manage safety and security of vessel, crew and passengers
  • Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions to plan a safe passage
  • Manage the navigation of a vessel
  • Use of electronic chart display and information system to maintain the safety of navigation (ECDIS)
  • Use of radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safety of navigation
  • Manoeuvre and handle a ship in all conditions
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch          
  • Manage reported defects, damage, repairs and maintenance of a vessel
  • Plan and manage safe loading, unloading, securing and stowage of cargo               
  • Provide first aid
  • Manage trim, stability and stress of a vessel
  • Monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements
  • Apply medical first aid on board ship
  • Contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting)
  • Follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training)
  • Manage provision of medical care on board a vessel
  • Observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR)
  • Operate survival craft, rescue boats and life-saving appliances (proficiency in survival craft)
  • Prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting)
  • Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST)
  • Manage a vessel and its crew
  • Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Transmit and receive information by visual signalling
  • Enter and work in a confined space

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Automotive, Transport & Maritime

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Conventional & Organising
Manual & Realistic

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 192

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Availability Information and More Details

Master Mariner - MAR60220
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 231213

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

Traning Package Rules Summary

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