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General purpose hand near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.

This domestic qualification lets you work as a deck and/or engine room hand on a vessel.

General purpose hand 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 General purpose hand near coastal will allow you to work:

  • under direct supervision of the person in charge of a vessel or its engines
  • on deck or in the engine room of a vessel up to 80 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • in the engine room only of vessels with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a General purpose hand near coastal certificate you must:

  • be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • meet medical, eyesight 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.

New certificate

Certificate revalidation

A Coxswain grade 1 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:

Equivalent certificate

If you hold a General purpose hand certificate, issued by a State or the Northern Territory, we will give you a General purpose hand near coastal certificate.

If your General purpose hand certificate has an endorsement or a restriction, your General purpose hand near coastal certificate of competency will have the same endorsement or restriction.

What do I need to do?

To get a General purpose hand near coastal you will need to: