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Oral examination and final assessments

Our procedures for conducting oral examinations.

We conduct oral examinations to assess your knowledge and skills for

  • new international certificates
  • new high complexity domestic certificates of competency
  • international certificates of recognition for foreign seafarers
  • revalidation of your certificate if you choose this option when you don’t have enough sea service
  • some domestic endorsements.

The oral examination is usually the last requirement to be met before your certificate is issued. You are required to pass an oral examination applicable to the level of certificate for which you applied.

You should read Conduct of oral examinations to find details of the purpose, procedure and requirements for AMSA oral examinations.

International certificate of competency or certificate of recognition oral examination requirements

There are charges for oral examinations. Find out more about fees and charges. You must pay the charge at the time of booking your oral examination. We will not accept an oral examination booking without payment. If you are attending an oral examination, you should leave all bags and equipment including jackets, laptops, tablets and phones outside the examination room. No recording devices are permitted, and if found the consequences will be serious.

It is a requirement of Marine Orders 71 (section 9), 72 (section 9), 73 (section 8) and 74 (section 9) that you must have a working knowledge of English. If the examiner determines that you do not have a level of English to understand a question asked, or do not have an adequate English vocabulary to answer a question, or understand documents in English, we will not issue you a certificate of competency or certificate of recognition, as applicable.

Documents required

If you wish to sit an oral examination for an international certificate, you will need to apply for a qualifying sea service assessment using the Seafarer form 419 and lodge at an AMSA-contracted Australia post outlet. Once you have received your assessment letter, you will be able to book the examination at an AMSA examination centre.

When you sit your oral examination you will need to bring:

  • your AMSA-issued sea service assessment letter
  • photographic identification—for example your valid Australian driving licence or current passport
  • your completed AMSA approved training record book (for Watchkeeper deck and Engineer watchkeeper certificates only)
  • any other supporting documentation, such as your course completion certificate, GMDSS certificate, AMSA medical, and any additional sea service if necessary.

Deck certificates of competency syllabus

Appendix

Syllabus

Appendix 1

Master and Chief mate

Master and Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnes

Appendix 2

Master less than 500 gross tonnes

Mate less than 500 gross tonnes

Master less than 24 metres foreign going

Appendix 3

Watchkeeper deck

Mate less than 500 gross tonnes watchkeeper

Engineer certificates of competency syllabus

Appendix

Syllabus

Appendix 4A

Electro-technology officer (ETO)

Appendix 4B

Engineer watchkeeper

Appendix 5

Engineer class 2

Appendix 6

Engineer class 1

Deck and engineer certificates of recognition syllabus

Appendix

Syllabus

Appendix 7

Master and Chief mate

Master and Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnes

Appendix 8

Watchkeeper deck

Appendix 9

Engineer class 1 and Engineer class 2

Appendix 10  

Engineer watchkeeper

Deck (yachts) certificates of recognition syllabus

Appendix

Syllabus

Appendix 11

 Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnes (yachts)

Watchkeeper deck less than 3000 gross tonnes (yachts)

Appendix 12

Master less than 3000 gross tonnes (yachts)

Master less than 500 gross tonnes (yachts)

These programs of study are guides only and the content of individual oral examinations may vary as the examiner may not cover all areas listed in the syllabus.

After your oral examination

If you pass, your application will be assessed. If the application is incomplete or incorrectly completed then you may expect a delay in the processing time.

If you do not pass the final assessment you will be able to try again. Your assessor will advise you when you can book your resit. You will have to pay the fee each time you sit for the final assessment.

Domestic certificate of competency oral examination requirements

There is a fee for oral examinations. You must pay the fee at the time of booking your oral examination. We will not accept an oral examination booking without payment.

When you are attend your oral examination, you should leave all bags and equipment including jackets, laptops, tablets and phones outside the examination room. No recording devices are permitted, and if found the consequences will be serious.

If you have completed a task book you must bring this to the exam and give it to the examiner.

Deck certificates of competency syllabus

AMSA 1109

Master less than 35 metres near coastal

Mate less than 80 metres near coastal

AMSA 1110

Master less than 80 metres near coastal

 

Engineer certificates of competency syllabus

AMSA 1111

Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal

AMSA 1112

Engineer class 3 near coastal

You should use the syllabus documents and the examiner checklists as study guides. You should be aware that the content of individual oral examinations may vary as the examiner may not cover all areas listed in the syllabus or on the checklist.

After your oral examination

If you pass the final assessment you will be given an interim certificate of competency so that you can start working immediately.

If you do not pass the final assessment you will be able to try again. Your assessor will advise you when you can book your resit. You will have to pay the fee each time you sit for the final assessment.

Scheduling of oral examinations

You will need to go to an AMSA office to sit your oral examination. You will find the location and contact details of the offices below as well as which exams you can do at each office and on which days.

Before you go to the office you must book and pay for your exam.

  • For a high complexity domestic certificate you should contact AMSA Connect to arrange your final assessment. You will then be contacted by your chosen regional office who will make a booking for you and take payment of the examination fee.
  • For international certificates you should contact the regional office directly using the contact details below. They will make a booking for you and take payment of the examination fee.

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New South Wales

Newcastle

  • Tuesday—deck oral examinations.
  • Thursday—engineer officer oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer/Electro-Technology Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Class I Steam and Motor).

Address

8 Cowper Street Carrington New South Wales 2294

Appointments must be made through the Sydney office:

Phone

02 8918 1300

Email

sydneyadmin@amsa.gov.au

Sydney

  • Tuesday—engineer oral examinations.
  • Thursday—deck oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer/Electro-Technology Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Class I Steam and Motor).

Address

Level 5, 260 Elizabeth Street Sydney New South Wales 2010

Phone

02 8918 1300

Email
sydneyadmin@amsa.gov.au 

Northern Territory

Darwin

  • Thursday – engineer oral examinations up to Engineer Watchkeeper.

High complexity domestic certificates: engineering oral examinations

Engineer Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Engineer watchkeeper (Motor)).

Address

Level 1, Unit C107 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin Waterfront Precinct Northern Territory 0820

Bookings must be made through the Brisbane office:

Phone

08 9430 2100

Email

freoexaminers@amsa.gov.au 

Queensland

Brisbane

  • Tuesday—deck and engineer oral examinations.
  • Wednesday—deck and engineer oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations; (up to Class I (Motor) and Engineer Watchkeeper (Steam)).

Address

Level 9 410 Ann Street Brisbane Queensland 4000

Phone

07 3001 6800

Email

adminbrisbane@amsa.gov.au 

Cairns

  • Monday — deck oral examinations (up to Watchkeeper Deck)

High complexity domestic certificates: engineering oral examinations (up to Watchkeeper Deck)

Deck Officer: sea service assessments and oral examinations (up to Watchkeeper Deck)

Address

88 Abbott Street, Cairns Queensland 4870

Phone

07 3001 6800

Email

adminbrisbane@amsa.gov.au

Townsville

  • Tuesday—engineer oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: engineering oral examinations up to Engineer Class 2

Engineer Officer: sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Class 2 Steam and Motor).

Address

60 Ross Street South Townsville Queensland 4810

Bookings must be made through the Brisbane office:

Phone

07 3001 6800

Email

adminbrisbane@amsa.gov.au

South Australia

Adelaide

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Engineer Officer: oral examinations (up to Engineer Watchkeeper Steam and Motor)

Address

220 Commercial Road Port Adelaide South Australia

Bookings must be made through the Melbourne office:

Phone

03 8612 6000

Email

melbourne@amsa.gov.au

Tasmania

Devonport

  • Tuesday—engineer/electro-technology officer oral examinations
  • Wednesday—deck oral examinations

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer/Electro-Technology Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Class I (Motor) and Engineer Watchkeeper (Steam)).

Address

First Floor 35 Oldaker Street Devonport Tasmania 7310

Contact Devonport

Bookings must be made through the Melbourne office.

Phone

03 8612 6000

Email

melbourne@amsa.gov.au

Victoria

Melbourne

  • Tuesday—deck oral examinations.
  • Wednesday—engineer/electro-technology officer oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations (up to Class 1 Motor and Steam)

Address

The Age Building Level 3 655 Collins Street Docklands Victoria 3008

Phone

03 8612 6000

Email

melbourne@amsa.gov.au

Western Australia

Fremantle

  • Tuesday—deck and engineer oral examinations.
  • Thursday—deck and engineer oral examinations.

High complexity domestic certificates: all deck and engineering oral examinations

Deck Officer: all sea service assessments and oral examinations.

Engineer/Electro-Technology Officer: all sea service assessment and oral examinations (up to Class I (Motor).

Address

Level 1 Queensgate Centre 10 William Street Fremantle Western Australia 6160

Phone

08 9430 2100

Email

freoexaminers@amsa.gov.au