Marine Safety Victoria

Marine Safety Victoria


TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards

(Marine Licence and PWC Endorsement)

Document no: 5a of 6

June 2012

Marine Licence Training Standard

Table of Contents





4Intellectual Property

5Course Outcomes

5.1Induction of trainers and assessors

6Delivery of Training and Assessment

6.1Training and Assessment Strategies & Lesson Plans

6.1.1Course Introduction

6.1.2Course Content

6.1.3Course Duration


6.1.5Training Venue

6.1.6Trainer and Assessor Qualifications


7.1Assessment Method

7.1.1Administering the multiple-choice Test

7.1.2Scoring the test

7.1.3Re-sitting the test

8Continuous Improvement

9Units of Competence

9.1Unit 1 – Carry out trip preparation and planning

9.2Unit 2 – Safely operate a small mechanically powered vessel

9.3Unit 3 – Respond to boating emergencies and incidents


11Document Control


(a)Purpose – These Training Standards have been produced by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) to provide information about the standards for Training and Assessment, as at the date of publication.

(b)No substitute – These Training Standards are not a substitute for, and should not be read in lieu of, the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) or the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic), or any other relevant laws, codes, rules, procedures or policies. Further, the contents of these Training Standards do not constitute legal or business advice.

(c)No Warranty – While TSV has used due care and skill in the production of these Training Standards, neither TSV, nor any of its employees, agents and consultants make any representation or warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for particular purposes of the information contained herein.

© State Government of Victoria 2012

Copyright in this publication resides with the Director, Transport Safety and the State of Victoria. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).


AQTF means the Australian Quality Training Framework
Accredited Training Provider, or ATP means the entity accredited by the Safety Director to conduct the Training and Assessment; ATP means the entity accredited by the Safety Director to conduct the Marine Licence Training and the Marine Licence Testing and where the context admits includes its employees, sub-contractors, and agents;
Approved Location means a location listed in this ATP accreditation;
Business Days means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday appointed under the Public Holidays Act 1993 (the “Act”) including any day appointed by the Minister under Section 7 (1) (a) of that Act applicable to the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Business means the business of providing approved training and assessment for Training and Assessment purposes;Business means the business of providing approved training and assessment for recreational boat operator training and assessment purposes;
Certificate of Attainment means the certificate, provided by the Safety Director or the ATP, for issue to Eligible Applicants who have passed the Training and Assessment;Certificate of Attainment means the certificate, provided by TSV, for issue to Marine Licence Eligible Applicants that have passed the Marine Licence Test;
Code of Practice for the purpose of privacy provisions, means a code of practice as defined in, and approved under, the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic);
Commencement Date means the commencement of the ATP Accreditation as specified in the ATP approval letter;
Confidential Information means all Information which is either directly or indirectly disclosed provided or made available by the Safety Director or TSV to the ATP or acquired by the ATP from the Safety Director or TSV (whether orally, electronically, in writing or by any other means) in respect of or in connection with the training and assessment, whether before or after the signing of this ATP accreditation and includes information pertaining to or connected in any way with the training and assessment, including but not limited to:
  • Information about the Safety Director or TSV or those involved in TSV's activities, Information relating to the internal management and structure of TSV;
  • Information concerning documentation, systems, technology and affairs, operations, processes, plans or inventions and product information (whether customers, suppliers or otherwise);
  • financial, technological, strategic or business information, concepts, plans, strategies, directions or systems;
  • research, development, operational, legal, marketing or accounting information, concepts, plans, strategies, directions or systems;
  • technology, source and object codes for computer software;
  • Information comprised in or relating to any Intellectual Property rights of the State of Victoria, or third parties to whom the Safety Director or TSV owes a legal obligation; and
  • know-how relating to computer software, financial techniques and products of the Safety Director or TSV;

Eligible Applicant means a person who:
a) in the case of an applicant for a general marine licence under section 53 of the MSA satisfies the age requirement in section 53(1)(a) (i) of the MSA; or
b) in the case of an applicant for a restricted marine licence under section 54 of the MSA, satisfies the age requirement in section 54(1)(a) (i) of the MSA; and
c) is not ineligible to apply for a Marine Licence,
and has provided satisfactory evidence of identity to the ATP as outlined in the TSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures.
Information includes information or data, whether:
  • written, graphical, electronic, oral or in any other form, irrespective of the form in which it was originally provided;
  • provided in writing, graphically, electronically, orally or in any other way.

Information Privacy Principles means the principles so identified and set out in the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic);
Intellectual Property includes all intellectual property rights, title to, and interests in any jurisdiction whether protectable by statute, at common law or in equity, including without limitation:
  • patents, trade marks, service marks, copyright, registered designs, trade names, domain names, symbols and logos;
  • patent applications and applications to register trade marks, service marks and designs; and
  • techniques, computer programme code, specifications, rights in circuit layouts, ideas, concepts, know-how, data, inventions, discoveries, developments, trade secrets, information and logical sequences (whether or not reduced in writing or other machine or human readable form), and
  • includes any improvements, advancements, modifications, discoveries and developments arising in relation to any of these.

Key Personnel means the persons nominated by the ATP to perform the training and assessment and includes Nominated Principals, Nominated Liaison Officers, relevant managers, trainers and assessors and administrative staff;
Law means Commonwealth, Victorian and local government legislation, including regulations, by-laws and other subordinate legislation; judicial, administrative or regulatory decrees, judgments or orders, standards, procedures as amended from time to time;
Marine Licence means a general marine licence or a restricted marine licence granted by TSV
Marine Licence Test means the test provided to the ATP by TSV.
Marine Licence Training means the training provided to Eligible Applicants;
Maritime Training Package means the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council TDM07 Maritime Training Package;
National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) means the Australian Transport Council National Standards for Commercial Vessels Part D Crew Competencies:
RTO means a registered training organisation registered by an Australian state or territory recognition authority to deliver training and/or conduct assessments and issue nationally recognised qualifications in accordance with the Australian Quality Training Framework;
Media Release means a prepared publicity or a news announcement;
MSA means Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic);
MSR means Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic);
National Quality Council means the advisory body of that name, established by the Federal Government that reports to the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education;
Nominated Liaison Officer means the person nominated by the ATP to be the contact person in relation to the provision of day to day training and assessment;
Nominated Principal means the Principal of the ATP who will represent the ATP;
Private Dwelling means a structure that is intended to have people live in it as permanent residents and includes houses, flats or apartments;
Publications means TSV manuals, handbooks, guidelines, procedures documented work practices etc referred to in this ATP Approval .(as amended by TSV from time to time);
PWC means personal water craft;
Safety Director means the Director, Transport Safety, a statutory office established under s 171 of the Transport Integration Act 2010 (Vic) together with his delegates and the staff members of TSV authorised to act on his behalf (as the context requires).
Training and Assessment means the Marine Licence Training and the Marine Licence Test provided, or to be provided, by the ATP to Eligible Applicants or commercial training and assessment packages delivered in accordance with the NSCV or approved by TSV;
Transport Safety Victoria or TSV, means the Department of Transport staff seconded to the Safety Director in order to support the Safety Director in the exercise of his powers and functions;
VicRoads means the Roads Corporation established under the Transport Act 1983 (Vic);
Working With Children Check has the meaning given in the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic).

1 Introduction

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV), is the State’s marine safety agency and is responsible for the administration of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) (the Act) and the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) (the Regulations). Under the Act, one of the Safety Director’s functions is the issuing of Marine Licences and TSV has established two pathways by which the boating public may obtain a Marine Licence. These are:

  • Successful completion of a VicRoads Licence Test; or
  • Formal training and assessment by a TSV Accredited Training Provider (ATP).

The intent of the training provider pathway is to give recreational boaters, especially those new to boating, access to training services that provide foundation boating knowledge and an opportunity for skills development.

The accredited Marine Licence training provider pathway has been endorsed as part of TSV’s overall strategy to improve safety for operators of recreational power vessels, their passengers and other water users.

These TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards outline the requirements for the delivery of recreational boat operator training against three Units of Competency which have been adopted by TSV from the ‘Guidelines for Recreational Boat Operator Competencies’ as agreed to by the National Marine Safety Committee in November 2000. The Marine Licence Units of Competency are contained in Attachment I of this standard.

This Training Standard forms part of the overall Governance Framework for the engagement and management of TSV ATPs and should be read as part of the package of governance documents that includes:

  1. TSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions
  2. TSV Maritime ATP Letter of Accreditation
  3. TSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures
  4. TSV Maritime ATP Audit Guidelines
  5. TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards
  6. TSV Maritime ATP Application for Accreditation Form and Guideline

Marine Licence training providers must be accredited by TSV. To apply to become an accredited marine training provider Registered Training Organisations must complete and submit a TSV Maritime ATP Provider Application for Accreditation Form.

2 Purpose

The purpose of this TSV Maritime ATP Training Standard is to ensure consistent quality training outcomes for recreational boaters who attend an accredited training course.

By adopting these Standards, TSV aims to contribute to, and promote:

  • basic understanding of waterway rules;
  • awareness of boating safety;
  • safe use of waterways;
  • relevant local knowledge; and
  • safe operation on water.

3 Scope

This Standard applies to the delivery of training and assessment by TSV Accredited Training Providers.

The three Units of Competency contained in Attachment I of this Training Standard is specifically for operators of recreational mechanically powered vessels, including personal watercraft. The Standard is not applicable to the operation of commercial vessels.

The Units of Competency are based on core competencies contained in the National Marine Safety Committees Guidelines for Recreational Boat Operator Competencies. They include the range of variables which can apply in the operation of recreational mechanically powered vessels and the evidence required for assessment of the required knowledge.

4 Intellectual Property

Ownership of this TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards rests with the Safety Director. The Standard may not be used for training delivery or assessment by any other body or individual without the prior written approval of TSV.

5 Course Outcomes

Persons who have completed a TSV approved course and test and have been assessed as satisfying the requirements of all three Units of Competency of the TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards will be issued with the TSV Certification of Attainment.

The course name on the certification must be as specified by TSV which will indicate that the certification is in respect of general recreational power boat operation, or specifically for Personal Water Craft (PWC) operation. Successful applicants are then eligible, if they satisfy all other requirements, to obtain a Victorian Marine Licence

5.1 Induction of trainers and assessors

Trainers and assessors must be inducted by the ATP to ensure they are aware of TSV’s requirements for training delivery, proof of identity, security of TSV Certificates of Attainment and eligibility requirements for issuing TSV Certificates of Attainment using the TSV Trainer/Assessor Induction Checklist, in the TSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures.

6 Delivery of Training and Assessment

This section provides guidance for the delivery of training and assessment against the Victorian Marine Licence Units of Competency, and contained in Attachment I.

The three Victorian Marine Licence Units of Competency are to be delivered and assessed in their entirety according to the principles applicable to nationally recognised training. The units indicate the specific content which is mandatory for delivery of training and assessment which may lead to the granting of a PWC endorsement.

6.1 Training and Assessment Strategies & Lesson Plans

The ATP must identify, negotiate, plan and implement appropriate training and assessment strategies and lesson plans to meet the needs of its clients.

The Marine Licence training course must be documented in a Training and Assessment Strategy and lesson plan. See Learning and Assessment Strategy Outline Template, Attachment III as an example.

The two components of the Marine Licence and PWC course may be delivered as an integrated program or in discrete sections. The assessments however, must be conducted separately.

It is likely that appropriate delivery modes used for marine licence training will include classroom, practical training or a combination of these.

Below are some guidelines regarding information, as a minimum, that must be covered in the documented training and assessment strategy submitted to TSV.

6.1.1 Course Introduction

When introducing the course to participants, trainers must ensure they include the following information:

  • Emergency evacuation procedures,
  • Occupational health and safety issues or hazards,
  • Location of amenities,
  • Information about the ATP’s policy and procedures for complaints and appeals, and
  • The full business name of the accredited ATP including both the business and trading names.

6.1.2 Course Content

ATPs must ensure that the Marine Licence Training addresses, as a minimum, the requirements of the three units of from the National Maritime Safety Committee Guidelines for Recreational Boat Operator Competencies as follows:

  • Carry out trip preparation and planning,
  • Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat,
  • Respond to boating emergencies and incidents.

ATPs who wish to provide training in PWC competencies must include specific requirements for PWC in the training and assessment strategy. Units of Competency, items marked with an asterix are mandatory for PWC operation. The PWC component of the course must be delivered as a separate lesson with a focus on the specific skills and knowledge for PWC operators.

The training and assessment strategy should provide information on delivery modes for training and assessment, appropriate to the course, including standard training materials and resources, mapped to the three Units of Competency in Attachment I and used by all trainers and assessors.

6.1.3 Course Duration

The time expected to adequately cover the content contained in the three Units of Competency and administer the assessment is four (4) hours but must take a minimum of 3.5 hours, in addition to the time allocated for administrative duties carried out at the commencement and completion of training.

Taking into account this estimation Accredited Training Providers must ensure training and assessment strategies and lesson plans demonstrate adequate course delivery time given the content required to be covered.

6.1.4 Resources

The training and assessment strategy must include specialised facilities and equipment essential to the delivery of the course. Appropriate training facilities and a range of resource materials and instructional aids, are not limited to but may comprise any of the following:

  • White boards
  • Flip charts
  • Models
  • Simulators
  • Safety equipment for demonstration
  • TSV publications
  • Training provider course materials
  • Overhead projection and/or video equipment (or other suitable instructional resources).

6.1.5 Training Venue

The program of scheduled public courses must be conducted in a professional training environment.

ATPs are not permitted to deliver the training in a private dwelling, unless written approval from TSV has been obtained prior to commencement. Each ATP must make a written application to TSV who will conduct a site visit and make a determination as to whether the premises are suitable. On-Site Training Delivery

On-site training delivery is different from training in a private dwelling or “in-home”. On-site is where training is at the clients premises such as a sporting club or company. The trainer must complete a documented assessment of the proposed training environment to ensure the venue can adequately accommodate the training without compromising quality of delivery or safety. An On-Site Training Venue Checklist has been provided, see Attachment II. The checklist must be completed prior to training delivery to ensure the venue meets the minimum standards below: