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Chief mate

This is an international qualification for Australian registered vessels operating in international waters.
This certificate enables you to work as a Chief mate.

With this certificate you can perform the duties or functions of:

  • Chief mate on ships of any gross tonnes in any operating area
  • Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area
  • If endorsed, Master on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in any operating area and Master on ships less than 3000 gross tonnage in near coastal waters.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chief mate certificate of competency you must meet medical, sea service and course requirements. The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or revalidating an existing certificate. Each requirement and how to prove that you meet them is explained in these instructions.

This certificate is issued under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014 and Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, made under the Navigation Act 2012.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer c ertification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Master and deck officers) 2014, Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014, Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014 and Marine Order 74 (Master and deck officers – yachts) 2015. Please refer to these marine orders for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

New certificate

To obtain this certificate, you need to:

Revalidate certificate

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

Endorsements

Endorsed Master less than 3000 gross tonnage near coastal and Master less than 500 gross tonnage

You will need to provide evidence that you have completed one of the following options:

Option 1

You will need to complete 36 months sea service as an officer in charge of a navigation watch on ships greater than or equal to 24 metres. The voyages must have been at least 24 hour duration. You must have held one of the following certificates: 

  • Unrestricted Master less than 35 metres NC competency
  • Mate less than 500 GT certificate of competency
  • Chief mate certificate of competency
  • Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnage certificate of competency
  • Master less than 500 gross tonnage certificate of competency
  • Watchkeeper deck certificate of competency
  • Watchkeeper deck less than 500 gross tonnage certificate of competency (with Watchkeeper deck less than 3000 gross tonnage near coastal endorsement)
  • Any other certificate we consider equivalent.

Option 2

You will need to complete at least 24 months documented qualifying sea service in charge of a navigation watch on ships greater than or equal to 24 metres.

Of this 24 months, at least 16 months must have been served on voyages of at least 24 hour duration.

Of this 24 months, at least 12 months must have been served on vessels as Master or Chief mate, while holding one of the following certificates:

  • Chief mate certificate of competency
  • Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnage certificate of competency
  • Master less than 500 gross tonnage certificate of competency
  • Mate less than 500 gross tonnage certificate of competency.

Last updated: 

Wednesday 19 August 2020