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Transitional arrangements for General Purpose Hand

With the introduction of a new revised Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency) on 1 January 2023, transitional arrangements have been put in place to maintain employment and sufficient crew, and to allow seafarers to complete medical fitness and first aid requirements in order gain the General Purpose Hand (GPH) certificate of competency.

Typically, to apply for a new GPH certificate you need to show evidence of completing a GPH training course at a registered training organisation. However, during the transitional period, we will accept the following: 

Option 1 – If you have completed either ESS or a CoST course 

  • At least 30 days of sea service, performing GPH duties onboard a Domestic Commercial Vessel, recorded on an AMSA 771 record of sea service form 

Option 2 – If you have not completed any formal seafarer training (ESS, CoST or a GPH course) 

  • At least 180 days of sea service, performing GPH duties onboard a Domestic Commercial Vessel, recorded on an AMSA 771 record of sea service form, and 
  • A letter from your vessel’s owner or master stating that you are competent at the duties identified within the vessel’s safety management system (Marine Order 505 Schedule 1 s6 (12-15) 

These arrangements are only in place for 12 months, from 1 January 2023. Applications must be received before 31 December 2023.  

Note: if you are not able to complete a 771 form, a signed letter from the employer containing the same information required on a 771 form will also be accepted.

For more detailed information, read the guidelines (PDF 1.12 MB) document on the new revised Marine Order 505.

Last updated: 

Friday 23 December 2022