Certificate of Competency - Australian Government


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


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;
  • Be certified for medical fitness;
  • 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.


A five year National System certificate is available.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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

Act(s) name

Navigation Act 2012 AG

Regulation(s) name

Navigation Regulations 2013 AG

Administering agency

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Navigation Safety and International Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Navigation Safety and International Division

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Operating address: 82 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory 2612
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2181
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6279 5664
Fax: 02 6279 5966