Watchkeeper deck

This is an international qualification for Australian registered vessels operating in international waters.
This certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.


To obtain a Watchkeeper deck certificate of competency you must meet the medical, sea service and course requirements listed below. The requirements depend on whether you are applying for an initial issue of a certificate of competency or you are applying to revalidate your existing certificate of competency.  

This certificate is issued under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014 and Marine Order 71 (Master 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 certification) 2014Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014Marine 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

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate, you need to:

Revalidate certificate

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

Last updated: 

Monday 23 January 2023