Sailing Master Coastal NC

This is a domestic Certificate of Competency for operating in Australian waters.
With this certificate you can command a sailing vessel less than 24 metres long.

This certificate will allow you to work as: 

  • Master on sailing vessels up to 24 metres long, with propulsion power up to 100 kW, in inshore waters. 
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 45 metres long in inshore waters 
  • Operate a tender for the vessel under the command of the master, with propulsion power up to 100 kW 
  • Undertake the duties and perform the functions of a General Purpose Hand NC.


To be eligible for a Sail Master Coastal NC certificate you must: 

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date 
  • Be able to speak and understand English, including written documents 
  • Be medically fit for the duties, including eyesight  
  • Gain any needed sea service  
  • Complete training. 

For more information, select what you need to apply for below. 

Important disclaimer 

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022. This document has full details of the eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications. 

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What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Renewal of Certificate

A Sailing Master Coastal NC certificate of competency is generally valid for five years. To keep working using your certificate you need to renew it every five years. 

What do I need to do? 

To renew your certificate you will need to: 

Endorsements and restrictions

Remove a daylight hours restriction on your certificate 

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed. 

What do I need to do? 

To remove this restriction, you will need to: 

Last updated: 

Wednesday 4 January 2023