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Oral examination and final assessments

Our procedures for conducting oral examinations.

We conduct oral examinations to assess your knowledge and skills for

  • new international certificates
  • new high complexity domestic certificates of competency
  • international certificates of recognition for foreign seafarers
  • revalidation of your certificate if you choose this option when you don’t have enough sea service
  • some domestic endorsements.

The oral examination is usually the last requirement to be met before your certificate is issued. You are required to pass an oral examination applicable to the level of certificate for which you applied.

You should read Conduct of oral examinations to find details of the purpose, procedure and requirements for AMSA oral examinations.

International certificate of competency or certificate of recognition oral examination requirements

There are charges for oral examinations. Find out more about fees and charges. You must pay the charge at the time of booking your oral examination. We will not accept an oral examination booking without payment. If you are attending an oral examination, you should leave all bags and equipment including jackets, laptops, tablets and phones outside the examination room. No recording devices are permitted, and if found the consequences will be serious.

It is a requirement of Marine Orders 71 (section 9), 72 (section 9), 73 (section 8) and 74 (section 9) that you must have a working knowledge of English. If the examiner determines that you do not have a level of English to understand a question asked, or do not have an adequate English vocabulary to answer a question, or understand documents in English, we will not issue you a certificate of competency or certificate of recognition, as applicable.

Documents required

If you wish to sit an oral examination for an international certificate, you will need to apply for a qualifying sea service assessment using the Seafarer form 419 and lodge at an AMSA-contracted Australia post outlet. Once you have received your assessment letter, you will be able to book the examination at an AMSA examination centre.

When you sit your oral examination you will need to bring:

  • your AMSA-issued sea service assessment letter
  • photographic identification—for example your valid Australian driving licence or current passport
  • your completed AMSA approved training record book (for Watchkeeper deck and Engineer watchkeeper certificates only)
  • any other supporting documentation, such as your course completion certificate, GMDSS certificate, AMSA medical, and any additional sea service if necessary.

After your oral examination

If you pass, your application will be assessed. If the application is incomplete or incorrectly completed then you may expect a delay in the processing time.

If you do not pass the final assessment you will be able to try again. Your assessor will advise you when you can book your resit. You will have to pay the fee each time you sit for the final assessment.

Domestic certificate of competency oral examination requirements

There is a fee for oral examinations. You must pay the fee at the time of booking your oral examination. We will not accept an oral examination booking without payment.

When you are attend your oral examination, you should leave all bags and equipment including jackets, laptops, tablets and phones outside the examination room. No recording devices are permitted, and if found the consequences will be serious.

If you have completed a task book you must bring this to the exam and give it to the examiner.

After your oral examination

If you pass the final assessment you will be given an interim certificate of competency so that you can start working immediately.

If you do not pass the final assessment you will be able to try again. Your assessor will advise you when you can book your resit. You will have to pay the fee each time you sit for the final assessment.

Scheduling of oral examinations

You will need to go to an AMSA office to sit your oral examination. You will find the location and contact details of the offices below as well as which exams you can do at each office and on which days. There is usually at least a two week wait for oral examinations. Due to examiner availability we can’t guarantee urgent bookings.

Before you go to the office you must book and pay for your exam.

  • For a high complexity domestic certificate you should contact AMSA Connect to arrange your final assessment. You will then be contacted by your chosen regional office who will make a booking for you and take payment of the examination fee.
  • For international certificates you should contact the regional office directly using the contact details below. They will make a booking for you and take payment of the examination fee.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 4 September 2019