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Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal

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

Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal (NC) 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 2 NC will allow you to work:

  • As chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 750 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • As second engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 1500 kilowatts within the EEZ.
  • As chief or second engineer on a vessel 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 2 NC certificate you must be at least 16 years of age by the certificate issue date.

You must also meet medical, sea service and course requirements. The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or renewing an existing certificate.

Each requirement and how to prove that you meet them is explained in these instructions.

Contact your state or territory marine safety agency if you need to:

  • replace your certificate
  • apply for equivalence
  • remove a restriction on your certificate
  • change your personal details on your certificate.

Find your local marine safety agency.

Changes from 1 July

From 1 July 2018 all certificates of competency will be issued by AMSA. Information about the process for all certificates of competency, including new forms and how to apply, will be made available on 1 July 2018.

Important disclaimer

These instructions provide 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.

What type of qualification do you need?

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Renew certificate

A Marine engine driver grade 2 NC certificate of competency expires 5 years after it is issued or renewed.

What do I need to do?

To renew your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

Endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion up to 750 kilowatts

To be eligible for this endorsement, you must:

  • complete an approved task book
  • have 100 hours sea service on vessels with steam as the main method of propulsion as a general purpose hand; or as an assistant to an engineer or an engine driver
  • have a basic boiler licence issued by a state or territory authority responsible for work health and safety
  • pass a final assessment.

Endorsement as chief engineer on specific vessel(s) with steam propulsion up to 750 kilowatts

To be eligible for this endorsement you must:

  • complete specific tasks determined by AMSA from an approved task book
  • have 100 hours of sea service on the specified vessel(s) working as a general purpose hand; or as an assistant to an engineer or engine driver
  • have a basic boiler licence issued by a state or territory authority responsible for work health and safety
  • pass a final assessment.

An endorsement lasts for the duration of the certificate it is attached to.

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

To apply for an endorsement contact your local marine safety agency.

Qualifying sea service

Read more about qualifying sea service.

Get a task book

For these endorsements you can order and complete a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal Task Book. Use the AMSA chargeable publications order form to purchase your task book.

Read more about task books.