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AMSA Coxswain Grade 1 & 2 and General Purpose Hand Requirements for Domestic Seafarers on a Commercial Vessel

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The National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety was introduced in Australia in 2013 under the Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012 (National Law). The National Law applies to the domestic commercial vessel fleet operating in Australian waters across all States and Territories. Under the National Law, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the National Regulator. You must get a Certificate of Competency or revalidate your existing qualification to work in Australian domestic waters.

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If you want to work on a commercial vessel in Australian waters, you must hold an appropriate certificate of competency issued under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety.

General Requirements - AMSA Coxswain & GPH CoC


  • Age: Must be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • Medical: If you're applying for a high complexity certificate of competency, you are required to submit a Certificate of medical fitness for a near coastal qualification form 559.
  • Eyesight: If you're applying for a new certificate of competency, you'll need to submit a completed Eyesight test certificate form 542. There are two components of the eyesight test - vision (near and distance) and colour vision.
  • Sea Service: Record of sea service form 771, OR an approved sea service log book, OR the on board sea service record from your task book,OR a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.
  • Course Requirements: You need to get training from an AMSA approved training organization.

Domestic Dual Certificates

General Purpose Hand Near Coastal Requirements

  • Certification: This qualification lets you work as a deck and/or engine room hand on a vessel.
  • The applicant must have completed a General Purpose Hand course at Certificate 1 level.

Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal Requirements

  • Certification: Command and operate engines of a vessel less than 12 metres not carrying passengers in sheltered waters.
  • The applicant must have completed a Coxswain Grade 2 course at Certificate 1 level; AND

Coxswain Grade 2 NC Sea Service Requirements

  • Have at least 7 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels, and a completed approved task book; OR
  • 60 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels; AND
  • After meeting all the other requirements for the certificate - pass a final assessment

Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal Requirements

  • Certification: Coxswain grade 1 near a domestic certificate of competency that will allow you to command, and operate the engines of, a vessel less than 12 metres long.
  • The applicant must have completed a Coxswain Grade 1 course at Certificate 2 level; and hold a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency.

Coxswain Grade 1 NC Sea Service Requirements

  • Have at least 30 days qualifying sea service working on board commercial vessels ≥5 m long while working in a deck, or deck and engineering, capacity on board, and a completed approved task book; OR
  • 240 days qualifying sea service working on board commercial or recreational vessels ≥5 m long while working as a deck, or deck and engineering, capacity on board; and
  • After meeting all the other requirements for the certificate - pass a final assessment

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