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Master less than 24 metres near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.
With this certificate you can command a commercial vessel less than 24 metres long.

This certificate will allow you to work as:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 45 metres long within the EEZ
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 100 metres long in inshore waters.
  • Undertake the duties and perform the functions of a General Purpose Hand NC and Master (Inland waters) NC.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Master less than 24 metres near coastal certificate you must:

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

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

Syllabus

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 Master less than 24 metres 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 to your certificate:

  • Endorsement to command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable

Endorsement to command and operate the engines of a vehicular ferry-in-chains attached to the shore by a cable

What do I need to do?

If you want to get this endorsement at the same time as your certificate, you can add this to your application for a new certificate. You will need to include the sea service laid out below with your application.

If you are adding this endorsement to a current certificate you will need to:

Remove a daylight hours restriction on your certificate

If you have this restriction on your certificate you may apply to have the restriction removed.

What do I need to do?

To remove this restriction, you will need to:

Equivalence

If you hold any of the following certificates, we will give you a Master less than 24 metres near coastal certificate.

  • Watchkeeper (Deck) <500 GT
  • Watchkeeper (Deck) <500 GT with <3000 GT NC endorsement
  • Watchkeeper (Deck)
  • Chief Mate <3000 GT
  • Chief Mate
  • Master <24 m FG

If your existing certificate is restricted to operating within daylight hours only, your new certificate will have the same restriction.

What do I need to do?

To get a Master less than 24 metres near coastal you will need to:

Last updated: 

Friday 6 January 2023