Certificate of Competency - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you intend to work as a seafarer in Australian waters.

A seafarer is any person who works on board a vessel on the business of the vessel (including a master, engineer, marine engineer driver, coxswain, mate and hand), other than the following:

  • A licensed pilot of the vessel;
  • An owner of the vessel or a person (except the master) representing the owner;
  • Law enforcement personnel;
  • If the vessel is a special purpose vessel-special personnel in relation to the vessel; or
  • A person temporarily employed on the vessel in port.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information on this licence.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

New entrants will need to complete an approved course at a Registered Training Organisation and meet the competency and medical requirements. To be eligible for a certificate of competency you must:

  • Fill out the required application form;
  • Obtain a current first aid certificate; and
  • Provide any proof of other qualifications as required.

There are several kinds of Competency certificates and the requirements are slightly different for each. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Duration

A five year National System certificate is available.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety & International Division

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Enquiries
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Navigation Safety & International Division

Operating address:
82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon
Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address:
GPO Box 2181
Canberra
Australian Capital Territory 2601

Phone:

02 62795664

Fax:

02 62795966

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