Certificate of Competency for the Operation of a Commercial Vessel - Tasmania


You will require this certificate if you intend to be in command of a commercial vessel or to take responsibility for the vessel's machinery systems. There are several classes of certificates of competency depending on the level of command or responsibility.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • master
  • mate
  • coxswain
  • engineer class 3
  • marine engine driver (1, 2 and 3)
  • general purpose hand.

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 certificate, you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • meet the minimum medical fitness standards including for eyesight
  • provide evidence of having completed a relevant course of study with an Approved Training Provider for the required certificate within the last 5 years
  • successfully complete an oral examination conducted by MAST or an approved examiner
  • have completed a relevant period of sea service as required by MAST. This can be supported by statutory declarations, letters of support from the owner or master of the vessels, record of service books, and / or record of practical experience and study (ROPES)
  • have obtained any additional certificates of competency as required by MAST.

All commercial vessel operators are required to ensure they possess a safety manning determination, to ensure they are correctly staffed with crew. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years until renewal or revalidation (renewal or revalidation will depend on type of Certificate).


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $175.15 -
Apply Licence All $117.80 -
General Duplicate Certificate All $117.80 -
General Miscellaneous All -

Other examination and assessment fees may apply.

Renew Renewal All $130.20 -
Vary Variation All $130.20 -

Act(s) name

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

Regulation(s) name

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

Administering agency

Marine and Safety Tasmania

Contact details

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


Marine and Safety Tasmania

Operating address: Port Tower Building
Level 1
18 Hunter Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 607
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 1300 135 513
Phone: 03 6235 8888
Fax: 03 6233 5662
Email: admin@mast.tas.gov.au
Website: Marine and Safety Tasmania (Opens in new window)