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Master less than 45 metres near coastal

This is a domestic qualification for operating in Australian waters.
With this certificate you can command a vessel less than 45 metres near coastal.

This certificate will allow you to work as:

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

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Master less than 45 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
  • Hold either a Master less than 24 metres near coastal or Mate less than 80 metres near coastal certificate of competency, or a certificate AMSA considers equivalent.
  • Be medically fit for the duties, including eyesight
  • Gain any needed sea service
  • Complete training
  • Pass a final assessment.

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 45 metres near coastal certificate of competency is generally valid for five years. To keep working using your certificate you need to revalidate it every five years.

What do I need to do?

To renew your certificate you will need to:

Endorsements and restrictions

There are no endorsements for this certificate

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:

Equivalent certificate

If you hold any of the following certificates, we welcome you to apply for a Master less than 45 metres near coastal certificate.

  • Mate <500 GT
  • Mate <500 GT with Chief Mate <3000 GT NC endorsement

If your existing certificate is restricted to operating within daylight hours only, your Master less than 45 metres certificate of competency will be subject to the same restriction.

What do I need to do?

To get a Master less than 45 metres near coastal you will need to:

Last updated: 

Monday 16 January 2023