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Master (inland waters)

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.

This qualification lets you command a vessel up to 24 metres long in inland waters.

To be eligible for a Master (inland waters) certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date.
  • Meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.

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

Syllabus

Master (inland waters) is a domestic certificate of competency issued under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency national law) 2013.

Important disclaimer

This web page provides 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 (NSCV) Part D—Crew Competencies. Please refer to these documents for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

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What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate you will need to:

Certificate revalidation

A Master (inland waters) 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 this certificate you will need to:

Endorsements

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

  • second in command of commercial vessels less than 80 metres long
  • command commercial vessels less than 80 metres long in inland waters.

Endorsement to act as second in command of a commercial vessel less than 80 metres long

What do I need to do?

To obtain this endorsement you will need to:

Endorsement to command a commercial vessel less than 80 metres long in inland waters

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 Master Class 5 (restricted to inland waters), we will give you a Master inland waters certificate.

If you hold Master Class 4 (restricted to inland waters), we will give you a Master inland waters endorsed to command a commercial vessel less than 80 metres long in inland waters.

If your existing certificate is subject to any other restriction, your Master inland waters metres certificate of competency will be subject to the same restriction.

If your existing certificate has any other endorsement, your Master inland waters certificate of competency will have the same endorsement.

What do I need to do?

To get a Master inland waters you will need to:

Last updated: 

Wednesday 7 November 2018