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Master (inland waters)

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

Master (inland waters) 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 Master (inland waters) will allow you to command a vessel up to 24 metres long in inland waters.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Master (inland waters) 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

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.

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 Master (inland waters) certificate of competency expires 5 years after it is issued or renewed.

What do I need to do?

To renew this certificate you will need to:

Endorsements

You may apply for the following endorsements to your certificate:

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

To be eligible for this endorsement you must complete:

  • part 2 of the Master (inland waters) task book
  • at least 7 days sea service under supervision on a vessel greater than or equal to 24 metres long operating in inland waters while holding a Master (inland waters) certificate of competency.

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

To be eligible for this endorsement you must complete:

  • part 3 of the Master (inland waters) task book
  • at least 14 days sea service under supervision on a vessel greater than or equal to 24 metres long operating in inland waters while holding a Master (inland waters) certificate of competency.

You must attach a copy of the seafarer details page from the relevant part of the Master (inland waters) task book to your application.

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 Master (inland waters) Task Book. Use the AMSA chargeable publications order form to purchase your task book.

Read more about task books.