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Section 2: Administrative processes—applying for accreditation

Find out about the application process for becoming an accredited surveyor.

You will need to complete the Application for accreditation in a category of surveying form and submit it to us for assessment.

We will not assess incomplete applications. The application form contains a checklist of all items required to complete your application. Please make sure that you include all items when submitting your application, or it will be returned to you.

For your application to be assessed, you must make the required payment. You have 30 days to make the payment otherwise you will need to submit a new application. The fee payable is determined by the number of categories applied for.

  • 1 to 5 categories: $1419
  • 6 to 10 categories: $2175 
  • 11 to 16 categories: $2931

If a decision is made to refuse your application you will not be provided with a refund of the fee payable.

Address your application to:

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Attention: Surveyor Accreditation
PO Box 16001
Collins Street West
Melbourne VIC 8007
Australia

You need to understand the legislative instruments that support the Scheme. To help you with this, we have an online training module. It is recommended that you complete the module as it will give you a greater understanding of your requirements and also what you can expect from us, as well as helping you to assess if you are ready to apply for accreditation.

Qualifications

Each application is assessed on its own merit and in accordance with the regulations. Your experience will be taken into account along with your qualifications and assessed against the categories you have applied for.

(a) Initial survey—plan approval

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine Technology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Marine and Composites Technology)

(b) Initial survey—stability approval

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)

(c) Initial survey—load line—assignment

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)

(d) Initial survey—electrical—extra low voltage

(e) Initial survey—electrical—low voltage

  • State or Territory Certificate as a Licensed Electrician

(f) Initial survey—electrical—high voltage

  • State or Territory Certificate as a Licensed Electrician

(g) Initial survey—construction or alteration—hull, deck, superstructure

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma in Marine Surveying
  • Diploma in Small Craft Surveying (limited to less than 24 metres length)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations
  • Shipwright: Certificate IV in Boating Services and Marine Craft Construction—Certificate III

(h) Initial survey—construction or alteration—machinery

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering—Class 3 near coastal)
  • Diploma in Marine Surveying
  • Diploma in Small Craft Surveying (limited to less than 24 metres length)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations
  • Shipwright: Certificate IV in Boating Services and Marine Craft Construction—Certificate III

(i) Initial survey—construction or alteration—load line conditions and markings

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)

(j) Initial survey—construction or alteration—equipment

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma in Marine Surveying
  • Diploma in Small Craft Surveying (limited to less than 24 metres length)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations
  • Shipwright: Certificate IV in Boating Services +  Marine Craft Construction—Certificate III

(k) Initial survey—construction or alteration—commissioning

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering—Class 3 near coastal)

(l) Periodic survey

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering—Class 3 near coastal)
  • Diploma in Marine Surveying
  • Diploma in Small Craft Surveying (limited to less than 24 metres length)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations
  • Shipwright: Certificate IV in Boating Services +  Marine Craft Construction—Certificate III

(m) Periodic survey—electrical

  • State or Territory Certificate as a Licensed Electrician

(n) Periodic survey—load line

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Ocean Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Surveying)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Maritime Engineering)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Marine Engineering—Class 3 near coastal)

(o) Survey of safety equipment

  • Diploma in Marine Surveying
  • Diploma in Small Craft Surveying (limited to less than 24 metres length)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations

(p) Survey of communications equipment

  • Licensed Radio Training certificate

Other requirements

Professional indemnity insurance

Accredited surveyors must be covered by a professional indemnity insurance policy of at least $1,000,000.00. You will be required to provide proof with your application, in the form of either:

  • a copy of the Certificate of currency for the policy
  • if you have not yet obtained insurance, a copy of a quote for the insurance*
  • if the policy is issued outside Australia, a letter from the insurance broker for the policy confirming the policy.

It remains the responsibility of the accredited person to determine the level of insurance appropriate to the nature of their operations.

*You will need to provide a copy of the Certificate of currency within 5 days after taking out or renewing the policy once you are accredited.

Professional association membership

Professional association membership and continuing professional development demonstrates that your capability as a marine surveyor is formally recognised within the industry.

A professional association that you may wish to become a member of may include, but is not limited to:

  • Marine Surveyors Association
  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
  • International Institute of Marine Surveying

Quality management system

You are required to have the capability of conducting surveys under a quality management system (QMS) that is compliant with ISO 9001:2008 (or an equivalent), or in accordance with the National Law—Marine Surveyors Accreditation Guidance Manual 2014 (this manual).

Evidence of a QMS provided with your application may be a certificate of compliance with ISO. If you do not have a QMS, a letter of undertaking may be used as testimony that you will conduct your business in accordance with this manual, in lieu of an ISO QMS (or equivalent).

Assessment of your application

The assessment process involves a selection panel who will:

  • review and assess your application in accordance with the categories applied for
  • undertake an interview with you
  • observe you conducting a practical survey (where required)
  • provide a recommendation of your suitability for accreditation and which categories are applicable.

Any interview or practical demonstration is intended to provide the selection panel with an opportunity to confirm, discuss and expand on the information provided in your written application.

During an interview, you will be asked both behavioural and technical questions. These questions will cover your understanding of the applicable legislation and standards, as well as your experience and competence relevant to the relating to the categories you have applied for and your understanding of the role and reporting requirements of an accredited surveyor.

You will be asked questions which will require you to demonstrate and clearly explain how you would undertake the survey of a domestic commercial vessel in the categories you have applied for. This may include the techniques you would apply in different scenarios to inspect particular materials, verify construction or repair techniques and communications with your customer. You may also be presented with scenario-based or photographic-base questions and asked to identify how you would approach that particular situation.

Last updated: 1 December 2017
Last reviewed: 1 December 2017