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Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.
This certificate lets you act as chief engineer or second engineer on certain vessels.

This certificate will allow you to work:

  • as chief engineer on a vessel with an inboard engine with propulsion power up to 500 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • as chief engineer on a vessel with an outboard engine of unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ
  • as second engineer on a vessel with an inboard engine with propulsion power up to 750 kilowatts within the EEZ
  • as an assistant under the general supervision of the chief engineer within the EEZ
  • in the engine room of a vessel with an inboard engine with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts within the EEZ

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal certificate, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age on the certificate issue date
  • Be able to speak and understand English, including written documents
  • Be medically fit for the duties
  • Gain any needed sea service
  • Complete training

For more information, select what you need to apply for below.

Syllabus

Trade qualification assessment

AMSA does not assess trade qualifications. If you hold a trade qualification that is not listed in Marine Order 505, you will need to get assessed as equivalent to one that is. An RTO who delivers one of the qualifications or trades listed in Marine Order 505 can do this through recognition of prior learning (RPL). We will accept a letter of equivalence from this RTO once your trade has been assessed as equivalent.

Please note: An RTO may request you to do skills gap training.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2022. This document has full details of the eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate, you will need to:

Renewal of certificate

A Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal certificate of competency is generally valid for five years. To keep working using your certificate, you need to renew it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To renew your certificate, you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

You may apply for the following endorsements on your certificate:

  • endorsement as chief engineer on vessels with steam propulsion less than 750 kilowatts

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

What do I need to do?

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 (PDF 255.78 KB).

Last updated: 

Friday 6 January 2023