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Deck certificate of competency for Royal Australian Navy seaman officers and ratings

How to get an STCW Deck certificate of competency if you are a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) seaman officer or rating.

We will recognise RAN qualifications as qualifying sea service towards a Deck certificate of competency.

Once you have gained entry into the AMSA certificate structure by obtaining an AMSA certificate of competency, all sea service for future certificates commences from that time (previous sea service does not count for additional certificates at a later date).

Before a RAN seaman officer or a Rating may gain an STCW Deck certificate of competency from us, they must meet the same requirements as any other applicant wishing to gain an STCW certificate of competency:

  • complete a prerequisite amount of qualifying sea service for the particular certificate or equivalent specified in Schedule 2 of Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014
  • satisfactorily complete an AMSA approved course of study which at least meets the standards specified by STCW for that certificate and complete the short courses as required by Schedule 2 of Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014.
  • pass an oral assessment
  • hold an Certificate of medical fitness
  • hold a GMDSS radio operator’s certificate.

Qualifying sea service

Fully documented seagoing service as a Rating or Seaman officer in the seaman department of the RAN, on RAN vessels, will be accepted as qualifying sea service on a vessel for the purpose of qualifying for a certificate as Watchkeeper (deck) and Watchkeeper deck less than 500 GT.

Calculating qualifying sea service in a RAN vessel

Qualifying sea service in a RAN vessel is recognised when the vessel is underway for:

  • two-thirds or more of the posting—the posting being the whole period the person was posted to that vessel
  • less than two-thirds of the posting—the actual period underway plus 50 per cent of that period.

Rating

The required qualifying sea service under Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 for gaining a certificate as Watchkeeper deck is as follows:

  • 36 months sea service on vessels greater than or equal to 24 metres
  • has completed at least 12 months' sea service on voyages of 24 hours duration
  • at least 6 of the above 12 months as either understudy of the officer in charge of a navigation watch, or what we consider equivalent to this.

Seaman officer

The required qualifying sea service under Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 for gaining a certificate as Watchkeeper deck is as follows:

  • AMSA approved pre-sea course and on board training program for trainee deck officers, with at least 18 months sea service on vessels greater than or equal to 500 GT
  • has completed at least 12 months sea service on voyages of 24 hours duration
  • at least 6 of the above 12 months as either understudy of the officer in charge of a navigation watch, or what we consider equivalent to this.

In order for Seaman officers to gain their RAN officer of the watch qualification, they will have completed a RAN Navigation watchkeeping certificate and Bridge warfare certificate requirements (past or present versions). Evidence of holding both of these RAN certificates (or the relevant certificates) and fully documented sea service of 18 months will satisfy the qualifying sea service required for the purpose of gaining a certificate as Watchkeeper (deck).

Fully documented seagoing service as per Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014 as a Seaman officer, who is predominantly involved in navigational and deck duties (such as Officer of the watch, Navigator, Hydrographer, Executive officer, Commanding officer), will be accepted by us as satisfying the qualifying sea service required for the purpose of gaining a certificate as Chief mate less than 3000 GT or Chief mate.

Up to 30 months of this seagoing service will be accepted towards the issue of a Master less than 3000 GT or Master.

Any applicant wishing to obtain a Master or Master less than 3000 GT will be required to complete at least 6 months qualifying sea service on a commercial vessel on voyages of 24 hours or more duration.

Seagoing service as a Seaman officer, who is not primarily involved in navigational and deck operations will not be accepted.

    Last updated: 19 January 2018
    Last reviewed: 19 January 2018