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Country eligibility for certificates of recognition

We have agreements with some countries to allow you to get a certificate of recognition for your qualifications.

If you hold valid foreign seafarer qualifications under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a current Australian work visa you can apply for a certificate of recognition. 

Please note: Below is a list of countries AMSA has an agreement with. However, application for a certificate of recognition will only be accepted from countries that have also given full and complete effect to the relevant provision of the convention. In determining these countries AMSA will be guided by the latest IMO circular MSC.1/Circ.1164.

Countries that we recognise qualifications

  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iran
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kiribati
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

If your country is listed, you can apply for a certificate of recognition.

If your country is not listed, you cannot apply for a certificate of recognition and will have to apply for new seafarer qualifications.

Countries that we do not recognise qualifications

There are countries that we do not have arrangements with and we will not recognise your qualifications. They recognise Australian certificates including certificates of recognition for an Australian qualification, but we do not recognise theirs. These countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Indonesia
  • Isle of Man
  • Liberia
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Panama
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Vanuatu

If your country is listed, you cannot apply for a certificate of recognition and will have to apply for new seafarer qualifications.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. If you need formal assessment for a qualification, you must apply in writing to us using Seafarer form 419. We will not process any applications that do not include all required documents in their original form, or are true certified copies. If you have forgotten to provide any documents, or have not provided originals or certified copies, you may need to pay a new application charge.

Last updated: 

Thursday 12 September 2019