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National Certificate: Maritime Operations

About This Project

This qualification is aimed at people who work or intend to work on board ship as Able Seamen and/or Oilers (on deck and/or in the engine room). In particular, this qualification will be useful for Able Seamen and Oilers:

    • In ocean going Marine contexts.
    • In coastal and ocean going fishing operations.
    • On liquid cargo tankers.
    • In engine rooms on marine and fishing vessels.This qualification is designed to equip qualifying learners with the knowledge and skills to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe Maritime Operations.Qualifying learners will be able to:
    • Communicate in a variety of ways and for a range of purposes.
    • Use mathematics in real life situations.
    • Demonstrate a range of seamanship skills.
    • Handle cargo.
    • Respond to emergencies at sea.In addition, learners will be able to perform some of the following according to their choice of Electives:
    • Assist with the navigation of the vessel.
    • Work on a commercial fishing vessel.
    • Maintain watch on liquid cargo tankers.
    • Perform basic engineering maintenance and repair operations.Learners will generally carry out their role within the context of:
    • Given ship instructions and administration and/or safety systems.
    • Set maintenance procedures.
    • Given inspection and testing procedures.
    • Given Quality Assurance policies, procedures and processes.
    • The framework of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) regulations and licensing requirements.Rationale:Maritime Operations is a priority area within the South African transport context and is supported by legislation, national policies and strategies. In order to meet the requirements of the workplace it is important to have competent seaman at various levels. There is a critical need in the industry to have people to conduct the essential operations associated with efficient and safe onboard operations relative to surface Navigation and Engineering environments under normal shipping conditions, on board fishing vessels, tankers, or in port operations.The majority of the learners for this Qualification are likely to be already working in the Maritime Sector. The Qualification will give them the opportunity to build on experience or Qualifications they already have, and complement their practical skills with the essential knowledge needed to earn a formal Qualification and a licensed position in Maritime Operations.



  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.Recognition of prior learning:The structure of this qualification makes the Recognition of Prior Learning possible through the assessment of individual Unit Standards. This qualification may therefore be achieved in part or completely through the recognition of prior learning, which includes formal, informal and non-formal learning and work experience. The learner should be thoroughly briefed on the mechanism to be used and support and guidance should be provided. Care should be taken that the mechanism used provides the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate competence and is not so onerous as to prevent learners from taking up the RPL option towards gaining a qualification.If the learner is able to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in this qualification the appropriate credits should be assigned to the learner. Recognition of Prior Learning will be done by means of Integrated Assessment as mentioned above.


This Recognition of prior learning may allow:

  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels on the NQF.
  • Gaining of credits towards the Exit Level Outcomes.
  • Obtaining of this Qualification in part or in whole.Access to the qualification:This qualification is open to anyone with access to learning opportunities and work experience in the areas reflected in the exit level outcomes and unit standards.



If you would like us to provide lunch it will come at an additional cost of R60 per person, You are allowed to bring your own lunch if you opt to do so instead.

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To do training at your venue, we require a minimum of 7 people per class. If you have less than 7 people the training will take place at our training center in Ottery.

ANCILLIARY TRAINING, National Certificates
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