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Chief mate and Master certificate of competency for Royal Australian Navy seaman officer

How to get a Chief mate certificate of competency and Master certificate of competency if you are a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) seaman officer.

The current academic requirement for a certificate of competency as Chief mate or Master is the AMSA approved advanced diploma STCW Chief mate/Shipmasters course.

Find an approved training organisation.

A RAN rating is not eligible for direct entry into the courses for Chief mates and Masters certificate of competency.

A RAN Seaman officer who wishes to complete the AMSA approved course prior to completion of the AMSA/RAN mapping process of the STCW Chief mate/Shipmasters course should, in the first instance, have their qualifying sea service assessed by AMSA in a formal application process.

An applicant who meets the qualifying sea service for a Chief mate certificate of competency should approach an AMSA approved training provider to gain more information on available course options. The applicant will need to complete the Deck watchkeeper bridging training prior to, or as an integral part of, undertaking the AMSA approved Advanced Diploma STCW Chief mates/Shipmasters course.

Applicants should also complete the short courses as required by Schedule 2 of Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 at an AMSA approved training provider.

The following short courses are specified by Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014:

  • Basic safety training course, which includes Security awareness training
  • Advanced fire fighting
  • Medical care on board ship (Masters and Mates)
  • Certificate in proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats
  • To serve on an ECDIS equipped ship, complete an ECDIS course
  • You will also need to an oral examination.

Find an approved training organisation.

As per Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, if you are applying for a Deck certificate you will also need to hold a valid GMDSS certificate. Read more about GMDSS.

Checklist for RAN applicants for Chief mate certificate of competency

Read more in Schedule 2 Eligibility requirements for certificates – Chief mate of Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014.

Required documented qualified sea service as per Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014

RAN equivalent

Complies

Holds or has held a Certificate of competency as Watchkeeper deck, Chief mate less than 3000 GT, Master less than 3000 GT or Master less than 500 GT; or holds another certificate AMSA considers at least equivalent to the certificate mentioned above.

RAN certified Bridge warfare certificate, Navigation watchkeeping certificate and AMSA approved bridging course.

 

 

Yes/No

At least 12 months documented qualifying sea service in charge of a navigation watch on vessels greater than or equal to 500 GT while holding the above certificate of competency.

Qualifying sea service required for Watchkeeping deck and 12 months documented qualifying sea service in charge of a navigation watch on vessels greater than or equal to 500 GT while holding the RAN certified Bridge warfare certificate and a Navigation watchkeeping certificate.

Service on submarines up to 3 months will be accepted.

 

 

 

Yes/No

At least 12 months of the above qualifying sea service served on voyages of at least 24 hours duration.

At least 12 months of the above qualifying sea service served on voyages of at least 24 hours duration.

 

Yes/No

Additionally to qualify for a certificate of competency, you require the following:

Required documented qualified sea service as per Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 RAN equivalent Complies

Complete additional requirements for a certificate of competency as per Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014.

RAN equivalent.

Complies

AMSA approved course of study from an AMSA approved seafarer training organisation for a Master (STCW Code sections A-II/1 and A-II/2). Find an approved course.

RAN certified Bridge warfare certificate, Navigation watchkeeping certificate and AMSA approved Bridging course and AMSA approved course of study from an AMSA approved seafarer training organisation for a Master (STCW Code sections A-II/1 and A-II/2). Find an approved course.

 

 

Yes/No

Certificate in Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats (STCW Code section A-VI/2 paragraphs 1 to 4). Find an approved course.

A RAN applicant who has completed this course in the last 5 years should approach an AMSA approved registered training organisation and seek a recognition of prior learning. If the course was done more than 5 years ago a RAN applicant will need to complete the full AMSA approved course.

 

 

Yes/No

Advanced fire fighting (STCW Code section A-VI/3). Find an approved course.

A RAN applicant who has completed this course in the last 5 years should approach an AMSA approved RTO and seek a recognition of prior learning. If the course was done more than 5 years ago a RAN applicant will need to complete the full AMSA approved course.

 

 

Yes/No

Medical care on board ships (STCW Code section A-VI/4 paragraphs 4 to 6). Find an approved course.

Medical care on board ships (STCW Code section A-VI/4 paragraphs 4 to 6). Find an approved course.

 

Yes/No

Security awareness training (STCW Code section A-VI/6 paragraph 4). Find an approved course.

Exempt.

 

Yes/No

ECDIS generic training, if serving on an ECDIS equipped ship {STCW Code Table A-II/I (for navigation at the operational level and Table A-II/2 column 1 (for navigation at the management level)}. Find an approved course.

ECDIS generic training, if serving on an ECDIS equipped ship {STCW Code Table A-II/I (for navigation at the operational level and Table A-II/2 column 1 (for navigation at the management level)}. Find an approved course.

 

 

Yes/No

Pass an oral examination.

Pass an oral examination.

Yes/No

Hold a current AMSA Certificate of medical fitness.

Hold a current AMSA Certificate of medical fitness.

Yes/No