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Ship Master Courses

A Ship Master supervises daily operations on a ship or other marine vessel. You might control navigation duties or coordinate the activities of other crew members. A Ship Master ensures all operations are carried out effectively and makes sure the vessel is complying with relevant regulations. You might liaise with the captain and communicate with maritime authorities.

A Ship Master should have excellent leadership qualities and be able to communicate with crew members and passengers. It’s important you are organised and can handle multiple tasks at one time. A Ship Master should have good problem solving abilities and excellent situational awareness. You must be able to remain calm during challenging situations and may work irregular hours when required.

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Popular Ship Master Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become a Ship Master.

MAR31018
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MAR50320
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Ship Master earn?

In Australia, a full time Ship Master generally earns $1,600 per week ($83,200 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Ship Master?

This industry has seen stable employment numbers in recent years. There are currently 3,600 people employed as a Ship Master in Australia, compared to the same number five years ago. A Ship Master may find work across regions of Australia where maritime activities are common.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Ship Master?

If you’re planning a career as a Ship Master, consider enrolling in a Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 80 metres Near Coastal). This course covers a range of topics including vessel manoeuvring, command navigation procedures, vessel operations and maintenance management, vessel business administration, cargo management, ship stability, radar and bridge equipment and vessel positioning.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within maritime. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.

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