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Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.

This domestic qualification lets you act as chief engineer or second engineer.

Marine engine driver grade 1 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 Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal lets you work:

  • as chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 1500 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • as second engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts within the EEZ
  • as chief or second engineer on vessels with outboard engines 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 a Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency you must:

  • be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • hold a Coxswain grade 1 near coastal, Coxswain grade 2 endorsed for 500 kilowatt inboard propulsion, Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal, Marine engine driver grade 2 or a 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 eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

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What do I need to do?

To get this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Marine engine driver 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.

Endorsements and restrictions

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

To obtain this endorsement 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 endorsement you will need to:

Related information

If you would like to find out more about endorsements, refer to the National Regulator Endorsements Approval 2014.

Equivalent certificate

If you hold a Marine engine driver grade 1 certificate, issued by a state or the Northern Territory, we will give you a Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal certificate.

If your Marine engine driver grade 1 certificate has an endorsement or restriction, your Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal certificate of competency will have the same endorsement or restriction.

What do I need to do?

To get a Marine engine driver grade 1 near coastal you will need to:

Last updated: 

Friday 10 August 2018