Ship's Master

Also known as Ship's Captain.
Controls and manages the operations of a ship or boat. Registration or licensing is required.
Training time - No data available -
Average pay $123,224
Employment prospects Moderate
Employment size 400

What does a Ship's Master do?

  • directing fishing operations by using knowledge about the species sought, fishing areas, seasons and the capabilities of the vessel and crew
  • directing crew in catching fish, molluscs and crustacea at varying depths using nets, lines, poles, pots and traps
  • planning, controlling and coordinating the operational and maintenance requirements of a ship's propulsion and domestic plant and equipment
  • operating plant and equipment and performing routine maintenance on ship's systems including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, steam generating, and fire prevention and control systems
  • controlling and directing shipping operations to ensure the safe and efficient loading and transport of cargo and passengers
  • ensuring compliance with regulations pertaining to safety at sea and protection of the marine environment
  • directing the activities of the deck crew for navigational support tasks, berthing and unberthing, maintenance, cleaning and painting of superstructures, and repair and replacement of defective deck gear and equipment
  • navigating a ship by supervising the ship's course and speed according to predetermined passage plans and safety procedures
  • examining and approving design plans of hulls and equipment such as main propulsion engines, auxiliary boilers and turbines, electrical power generating plant, refrigeration and airconditioning plant and pumping systems


  • Dredge Master
  • Hydrofoil Captain
  • Ship's Pilot
  • Tug Master

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters)
Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)