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Engineer class 3 near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.

This domestic qualification lets you carry out the duties of chief engineer.

Engineer class 3 near coastal 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 Engineer class 3 near coastal will allow you to work:

  • as chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • as chief engineer or second engineer on vessels with outboard engines with unlimited propulsion within the EEZ
  • as an assistant under the direct supervision of the chief engineer
  • in the engine room of a vessel up to 80 metres long with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an Engineer class 3 near coastal certificate you must:

  • be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • hold a Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal, Engineer watchkeeper or workshop skill equivalent qualification
  • meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.

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.

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What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

An Engineer Class 3 near coastal certificate of competency expires five years after it is issued or revalidated. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements on your certificate:

  • chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts
  • chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts
  • chief engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than 3000 kilowatts in the EEZ (STCW III/3)

Endorsement to work as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts, in the EEZ

To obtain this endoresement you will need to:

Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts in the EEZ

To obtain this endoresement you will need to:

Endorsement to work as chief engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than 3000 kilowatts in the EEZ (STCW III/3)

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Equivalent certificate

If you hold an Engineer class 3, issued by a state or the Northern Territory, we will give you an Engineer class 3 near coastal certificate.

If you has an endorsement or a restriction, your Engineer class 3 certificate of competency will have the same endorsement or restriction.

What do I need to do?

To get an Engineer class 3 near coastal you will need to: