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Master less than 24 metres foreign going

This international certificate enables you to work as a Master, Chief mate or Watchkeeper deck on ships less than 24 metres, as well as Watchkeeper deck officer on vessels less than 500 gross tonnage in near-coastal waters.

This certificate is issued under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014 and Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, made under the Navigation Act 2012.

What will this certificate allow me to do?

This certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Master, Chief mate or Watchkeeper deck officer on ships less than 24 metres in any operating area, and Watchkeeper deck officer on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in near coastal waters.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Master less than 24 metres foreign going (FG) certificate of competency you must meet medical, sea service and course requirements. The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or revalidating an existing certificate. Each requirement and how to prove that you meet them is explained in these instructions.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Master 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.

New certificate

What do I need to do?

To obtain this certificate, you need to:

Revalidate certificate

What do I need to do?

To revalidate your certificate, you need to:

Provide proof of medical fitness

You will need to provide evidence that you are medically fit to perform duties in the capacity of a Master less than 24 metres FG. As per Marine Order 76 (Health—medical fitness) 2017 you can only perform the duties of a seafarer on a relevant vessel if you are medically fit to perform the duties.

If you need to revalidate your current certificate, you can provide evidence of a medical completed in Australia, or in a country with an agreement with us.

Obtain a Certificate of medical fitness in Australia

You can organise a medical examination by contacting Sonic HealthPlus.

To book a medical examination, you can:

Obtain a Certificate of medical fitness from overseas

We will accept a Certificate of medical fitness completed in a country we have an agreement with for revalidation purposes.

You will need to print the relevant medical paperwork and make an appointment with a medical examiner. The medical examiner must be approved by the administration of the country which has an agreement with us.

Read more about medical fitness.