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Certificates of competency

The five new certificates of competency

Guidance notices are available for the 5 new certificates of competency:

  • Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal PDF279.4 KB — The Coxswain Grade 3 certificate provides basic seamanship knowledge and skills (low complexity duties). It allows the holder to operate small domestic commercial vessels <12m in smooth waters or close to shore. 
  • Master <45m Near Coastal PDF272.17 KB (replaced Master <35m which was phased out) — The Master <45m certificate allows the holder to command a vessel <45m within the Australian EEZ, and command a vessel <100m inshore.
  • Master <100m Near Coastal PDF269.38 KB (replaced Master <80m which was phased out) — The Master <100m certificate allows the holder to command a vessel <100m within the Australian EEZ.
  • Sailing Master Coastal PDF260.74 KB — The Sailing Master Coastal certificate allows the holder to command and operate the engines of a sailing vessel <24m long in inshore waters.
  • Sailing Master Offshore PDF260.45 KB — The Sailing Master Offshore certificate allows the holder to command and operate the engines of a sailing vessel <24m long within the Australian EEZ.

You may already be permitted to undertake the duties and functions of a Sailing Master if you hold the Master <24m and a MED 3 or higher combinations (of deck and engineering certificates of competency) for the Sailing Master certificate of competencies.  

Phased-out certificates of competency — what's changing

Master <35m Near Coastal

This certificate of competency was phased out and replaced by the Master <45m certificate.

As of 1 January 2023, people who previously held a Master <35m certificate were automatically able to do the job of a Master <45m. No action is required until it comes time to renew, at which point they will be issued with a certificate of competency card for Master <45m.

 

Master <80m Near Coastal

This certificate of competency was phased out and replaced by the Master <100m certificate.

As of 1 January 2023, people who previously held a Master <80m certificate were automatically able to do the job of a Master <100m. No action is required until it comes time to renew, at which point they will be issued with a certificate of competency card for Master <100m.

 

Mate <80m Near Coastal

Holders of this certificate of competency transitioned to a Master <24m Near Coastal. This was a small group of certificate holders, all of whom AMSA contacted directly about the changes prior to 1 January 2023.

When a General Purpose Hand certificate is required — supervisory definitions

Supervisory definitions for General Purpose Hands have been clarified and operators should assess how these apply to their specific operation. 

People who have worked as a General Purpose Hand for at least 30 days in the 5 years prior to 1 January 2023 without a General Purpose Hand certificate of competency may need to obtain one, but only if they are undertaking deck or engine tasks and are not under direct supervision.

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