Flexible Industry Pathway Program

For Year 11 & 12 Students.

Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal

MAR20321: Certificate II in Maritime Operations

Course Overview

The course prepares young and enthusiastic members of the community with a range of entry level maritime skills. The course adds 60 points towards South Australian Certificate of Education and is offered currently at campuses in Port Adelaide and Port Lincoln. This is a perfect course for year 11s & year 12s!

​This qualification is offered by AMFA to students who are seeking employment in the seafood or maritime industries to command a commercial marine vessel:

  • Up to 12 metres in length
  • With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500kW for an inboard engine

Carry passengers on this vessel:

  • Inshore or
  • As a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

This qualification will assist students to fast track their maritime career as either an engineer or deck officer. The Certificate II is 493 nominal hours.

Entry requirements:

​​Students must be Australian citizens and at least 16 years of age at the starting date of the course. Students are expected to have undertaken the appropriate language, literacy and numeracy testing through their associated school.

If you undertake this course as part of vocational education pathway through SACE there may be a VET Fee incurred.

Students must complete an application form and submit to the appropriate VET coordinator prior to undertaking the training.

Course Duration & Fees:

Upon successful completion of this qualification students will receive a MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) and AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) Coxswain Grade 1 NC.

Possible career pathways:

  • Marine Engineer 

  • Naval Architect

  • Marine Surveyor

  • Shipyard Manager

  • Oceanographer

  • Logisitics Manager

  • Marine Biologist 

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Hydrographic Surveyor

  • Maritime Lawyer

  • Ship’s Captain (Master)

  • Ship’s Agent

    • Electrician
    • Electrical Fitter

    • Welder

    • Metal Fabricator

    • Plumber

    • Instrument Fitter

    • Painter

    • Mechanical Fitter

    • Joiner

    • Coxswain

    • Dive Boat Operator

    • Shipping Pilot

    • Fork Lift Operator

    • Deck Hand

    • Crane Operator

    • Customs Officer

    • Ship’s Officer

    • Chief Steward

    • Laboratory Technician

    • Fishing Vessel Skipper

    • Ferry Chief Engineer

    • Marine Cook


AMFA are now using educational VR simulators for navigation and boat handling training and practicals.

AMFA’s fantastic VR program uses virtual reality tech to make learning about maritime stuff educational but also fun! As a student, you’ll get to experience realistic ship simulations and complete hands-on training exercises. It’s like being right there on the water, learning in a way that’s exciting and easy to understand.

This VR program at AMFA is all about making maritime education awesome and interactive for students like you! Embrace this cutting-edge technology to elevate your readiness for real-world challenges like never before.


Do you have any questions or want to book a place in
the 2024 course? Please contact:

Maritime Coordinator – Liam Narcys

Le Fevre High School
08 8449 7004

At AMFA, contact Maureen Jones:

08 8303 2780

More information:

Adelaide please visit or AMFA’s on (08) 8303 2780 or via

Eyre Peninsula please contact AMFA’s Port Lincoln campus on (08) 8683 4888 or via

Interested in learning more?

Visit our contact us page and get in touch with AMFA so we can help you!