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Interim certificates of competency

If you are found competent at the final assessment the assessor may give you an interim certificate of competency.

If you are found competent at the final assessment the assessor may give you an interim certificate of competency. The interim certificate of competency lets you start your new duties immediately after successfully completing your final assessment.

You must have:

  • satisfied all requirements of the relevant certificate of competency including:
    • meeting medical and eyesight requirements
    • providing evidence of sea service
    • completing a training course
    • holding first aid and radio certificates if required
    • passing a final assessment
  • completed a Certificate of competency application form 426 

Low complexity

For the following low complexity certificates of competency your registered training organisation may issue the interim certificate if you meet the eligibility requirements:

Coxswain grade 2 near coastal

Coxswain grade 1 near coastal

Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal

Master (inland waters)

Master less than 24 metres near coastal

Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal

You must show your training organisation a completed certificate of competency application and the required attachments. Attachments may include the following:

There are medical and sea service declarations within the application form that you must complete. There is also an overall declaration that you must sign stating that the information provided is true and correct.

You will have to complete your details and sign the interim certificate of competency before it is issued. You should read all the information on the interim certificate before signing it. Once you have done this your AMSA approved assessor will tick the certificate of competency applicable, verify your details, complete their details and sign the Final assessor’s statement. An interim certificate of competency is only for one certificate of competency. If you need more than one, for example, Master less than 24 metres and Marine engine driver grade 3, you will be issued with two separate interim certificates of competency.

You must carry your interim certificate with you whenever working using it until you receive your full certificate of competency. If asked by a Marine Safety Inspector you must be able to show them your interim certificate.

Your interim certificate of competency will expire when you receive your full term certificate of competency or 60 days from date of issue whichever is earlier. To make sure you receive your full certificate before your interim certificate expires you must submit your certificate of competency application within 7 days of issue of your interim certificate. You should attach a photocopy of your interim certificate to your application. You can submit your application at an AMSA-contracted Australia Post outlet. There is a post office within 15 to 20 kilometres of every training organisation. Alternatively, some registered training organisations will submit your application for you.

High complexity

If you are found competent at the final assessment you may be issued an interim certificate of competency. For high complexity certificates this is in the form of a letter including:

  • your AMSA ID number
  • your date of birth
  • the kind, grade or class of the certificate
  • the issue date of the certificate
  • the expiry date of the certificate

You must carry your interim certificate with you whenever working using it until you receive your full certificate of competency. If asked by a Marine Safety Inspector you must be able to show them your interim certificate.

Your interim certificate of competency expires on receipt of your full term certificate of competency or 60 days after you receive the interim certificate letter whichever is earlier.

Last updated: 

Thursday 25 October 2018