International endorsements

Find out the requirements you need to fulfill to obtain an international endorsement.

These endorsements are issued under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, made under the Navigation Act 2012.

The procedures for endorsement application process and requirements apply to:

  • Masters and Deck officers
  • Engineer officers
  • Ratings (chief integrated rating, integrated rating, able seafarer—deck, able seafarer—engine)

When to get an endorsement

If you hold a seafarer certificate—other than a Certificate of safety training—you may apply to us for endorsement on your certificate for some vessel or function training that you have achieved. This will enable you to carry out the endorsed duties or functions on a regulated Australian vessel. An endorsement comes into effect on the day we state that the endorsement comes into force.

However Certificate of safety training holders who have not completed Security awareness training (SAT) require a Security awareness training endorsement on their Certificate of safety training (as SAT is mandatory since 1 January 2014).

AMSA may endorse near coastal certificate of competency on a case by case basis using application process below.

Read more about endorsements in section 37 of Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014.

Apply for an endorsement

You will need to lodge a formal application using the Seafarer form 419 to be assessed towards the requirements for an endorsement.

Lodge from within Australia

You will need to fill out the Seafarer form 419, attach all required supporting documents and lodge it at a participating Australia Post retail outlet.

You will need to pay the fees for your application at the post office at the time of lodgement.

Lodge from overseas

You will need to fill out the Seafarer form 419, attach all required supporting documents and send the paperwork to us at our postal or courier address:

  • Postal address—Australian Maritime Safety Authority Seafarer Certification Service, Operations GPO Box 2181 Canberra City ACT 2601 Australia
  • Courier address—Australian Maritime Safety Authority Seafarer Certification Service, Operations 82 Northbourne Avenue Braddon ACT 2612 Australia

You must include payment with your application. 

In addition, please note:

Eligibility and revalidation requirements for endorsements

Schedule 2 of Marine Order 70 (Seafarer Certification) 2014 contains the full list of eligibility requirements for vessel and function endorsements, and revalidation of endorsements. A summary of the requirements is listed below for each endorsement.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014, Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014 and Marine Order 74 (Master and deck officers – yachts) 2015. Please refer to these marine orders for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

Last updated: 

Friday 18 June 2021