Coxswain grade 1 near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.
This certificate will allow you to operate a vessel less than 12 metres long in inshore waters.

The Coxswain grade 1 near coastal 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:

You can also undertake the duties and perform the functions of a General Purpose Hand NC, Coxswain Grade 3 NC and Coxswain Grade 2 NC.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate you must: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age on the certificate issue date. 
  • Be able to speak and understand English, including written documents. 
  • Be medically fit for the duties, including eyesight 
  • Gain any needed sea service 
  • Complete training 

For more information, select what you need to apply for below
Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022

Syllabus

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022. This document has full details of the eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications. 

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Renewal of Certificate

A Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency is generally valid for five years. To keep working using your certificate you need to renew it every five years. 

What do I need to do?  

To renew your certificate you will need to:  

Endorsements and restrictions

Remove a daylight hours only restriction 

If you have a restriction on your certificate, you may apply to have the restriction removed. 

What do I need to do? 

To remove a daylight hours restriction you will need to: 

 

Endorsements and restrictions 

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate: 

  • command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable 
  • command a vessel with inboard propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts 

Endorsement to command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable

What do I need to do? 

If you want to get this endorsement at the same time as your certificate, you can add this on your application form for a new certificate. You will need to include the sea service laid out below with your application. 

If you are adding this endorsement to a current certificate, you will need to: 

      Equivalent certificate

      If you hold any of the following certificates, we welcome you to apply for a Coxswain grade 1 certificate of competency as an equivalent certificate:  

      • Watchkeeper Deck <3000 GT (Yachts) 
      • Chief Mate <3000 GT (Yachts) 
      • Master <500 GT (Yachts) 
      • Master 3000 GT (Yachts) 

      If your existing certificate is restricted to operating within daylight hours, your new certificate will have the same restriction. 

      What do I need to do? 

      To get a Coxswain grade 1 near coastal you will need to: 

       

       

      Last updated: 

      Monday 16 January 2023