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AMSA Master Yachts CoC Requirements (General, Sea Service and STCW) for Australian International Seafarers

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This section includes the AMSA International Qualifications (CoC) and requirements under STCW for Master less than 3000 gross tonnage (yachts) and Master less than 500 gross tonnage (yachts). Master <3000 GT (Yachts) certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Master or watchkeeper deck officer duties or functions on yachts <3000 GT in any operating area, and Able Seafarer - Deck duties or functions.

Master <500 GT (Yachts) certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Master on yachts <500 GT in any operating area, Watchkeeper deck officer duties or functions on yachts <3000 GT in any operating area, and Able Seafarer - Deck duties or functions.

Yacht means a vessel that is less than 3000 gross tonnage, is commercial use for sport or pleasure, does not carry cargo, and does not carry more than 12 passengers. A yacht does not need to be designed to carry sail and may be a training vessel, a sail training vessel or a short ranger yacht provided they are not designed to carry cargo.

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Yacht means a vessel that is less than 3000 gross tonnage, is commercially used for sport or pleasure, does not carry cargo, and does not carry more than 12 passengers

General Requirements for Master Yachts


  • To be eligible for a Master Yachts certificate of competency you must meet medical, sea service and course requirements.
  • The requirements depend on whether you are getting a certificate for the first time or revalidating an existing certificate.
  • The person must have passed a final assessment.

AMSA Master Yachts <3000 GT CoC Requirements

  • Person must hold or have held a Master <500 GT (Yachts) certificate of competency; or another certificate AMSA considers at least equivalent

Master Yachts <3000 GT Sea Service Requirements

  • Have completed at least 24 months documented qualifying seagoing service in charge of a navigation watch on vessels ≥12 m long, of which at least 8 months was served on vessels ≥20 m long, while holding any of the following certificates - a certificate of competency as Watchkeeper Deck <3000 GT (Yachts), Master <500 GT (Yachts) or Chief Mate <3000 GT (Yachts); or another certificate AMSA considers at least equivalent.

Master Yachts <3000 GT STCW Training and Certificate Requirements

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Table: AMSA Master 3000 gt Yachts certificates and training requirements.

AMSA Master Yachts <500 GT CoC Requirements

Master Yachts <500 GT Sea Service Requirements

  • Have completed at least 12 months documented qualifying seagoing service as an officer in charge of a navigation watch on vessels of ≥12 m long -
  • Of which at least 4 months was served on vessels ≥20 m long and at least 4 months was served on vessels on voyages of at least 24 hours duration, while holding the above certificate

Master Yachts <500 GT STCW Training and Certificate Requirements

  • Have completed an approved program of study that meets the standards specified in section A-II/1 and the relevant section A-II/2 of the STCW Code and includes the following -

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Table: AMSA Master 500 gt Yachts certificates and training requirements.

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