The sea service you need depends on the certificate of competency or other qualification you currently hold.
All sea service must be done on commercial vessels with inboard diesel engines with propulsion power greater than or equal to 400 kilowatts.
If you hold a Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal, you need to show that while working as engineer in charge, or on duties assisting the engineer in charge, you have completed either:
- 180 days with a completed approved task book
- 360 days without a task book.
If you hold a workshop skill equivalent qualification, you need to show that while working on duties assisting the engineer in charge, you have completed either:
- 120 days with a completed approved task book
- 240 days without a task book.
If you hold an Engineer watchkeeper certificate of competency (issued under Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014) you need to show that you have 90 days performing engine-room watchkeeping duties.
You must submit a copy of your existing certificate of competency or workshop skill equivalent qualification as part of your application.
You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the five years before the application.
If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.
You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:
- Record of sea service form 771
- an approved sea service log book
- the on board sea service record from your task book
- a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.
Read more about qualifying sea service.
If you want a task book
You can get an Engineer Class 3 task book from us or from some registered training organisations. To order a task book directly from us, use the AMSA chargeable publications order form.
Read more about task books.