Certificate of Competency (Maritime) - New South Wales


You will require this certificate if you intend to act as a master or crew member on a domestic commercial vessel. A domestic commercial vessel is a vessel that is used for commercial, government or research activities (i.e. commercial fishing or trading vessels).

Please be aware that marine engineers and coxswains intending to work on a commercial vessel will also require this certificate.

This certificate will ensure that your experience and qualifications meet the specified job standards on a domestic commercial vessel. It allows you to operate in any State or Territory subject to any limitations of the Certificate.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • complete an application form
  • provide proof of your identity
  • supply two colour passport photos
  • be at least 16 years old
  • meet the minimum sea service requirements and complete the form Application for Qualifying Sea Service Assessment, AMSA 560
  • complete a training course provided by a Training Organisation approved by the National Regulator
  • provide a current approved first aid certificate
  • meet specific medical and eyesight standards by providing a Eyesight Test Certificate and Self Declaration of Medical Fitness or Certificate of Medical fitness for a Marine Qualification
  • provide a completed National Regulator approved task book for the certificate (if applicable)
  • pass a final assessment by a National Regulator approved examiner
  • pay the appropriate fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Issued for a 5 years period.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees are listed on the attached document.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Commercial Vessel Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 NSW

Regulation(s) name

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Regulation 2013 NSW

Approval time

Applications will be assessed within 30 days.

Administering agency

Transport for NSW

Roads and Maritime Services

NSW Maritime Division

Contact details

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


NSW Maritime Division

Roads and Maritime Services

Transport for NSW

Operating address: James Craig Road
New South Wales 2039
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5100
New South Wales 1450
Phone: 02 9563 8557
Phone: 13 12 56
Fax: 02 9563 8522
Email: contactus@rms.nsw.gov.au