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Coxswain grade 1 near coastal

This domestic qualification lets you carry out coxswain duties on a vessel less than 12 metres in length in inshore waters, carrying passengers, and with propulsion power.

Coxswain grade 1 near coastal (NC) is a domestic certificate of competency issued under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency national law) 2013.

What will this certificate allow me to do?

The Coxswain grade 1 NC will allow you to command, and operate the engines of, a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 500 kilowatts:

  • in inshore waters or designated waters
  • as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Coxswain grade 1 NC certificate you must be at least 16 years of age by the certificate issue date.

You must also meet medical, sea service and course requirements. The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or renewing an existing certificate.

Each requirement and how to prove you meet them is explained in these instructions.

Contact your state or territory marine safety agency if you need to:

  • replace your certificate
  • apply for equivalence
  • remove a restriction on your certificate
  • change your personal details on your certificate.

Find your local marine safety agency.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2013 and National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D, Crew Competencies. These documents have full details of the eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

What type of qualification do you need?

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Renew certificate

A Coxswain grade 1 NC certificate of competency expires 5 years after it is issued or renewed.

What do I need to do?

To renew your certificate you will need to: