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AMSA Watchkeeper Deck 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 Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited and Watchkeeper Deck less than 500 gross tonnage. Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.

Watchkeeper Deck <500 GT certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Watchkeeper deck officer duties on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in any operating area and if endorsed, Watchkeeper deck officer on ships less than 3000 gross tonnage in near coastal waters.

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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for OICNW

General Requirements for Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited


  • To be eligible for a Watchkeeper Deck Unlimite 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 Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited CoC Requirements

  • Person must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have completed any of the following - an approved pre sea course and an approved monitored onboard training program for trainee deck officers including at least 18 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels ≥500 GT; a pre sea course and an approved and monitored onboard training program for trainee deck officers including at least 24 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels ≥500 GT; an approved and monitored onboard training program for integrated ratings including at least 24 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels ≥500 GT while holding a certificate of proficiency as Integrated Rating; or at least 36 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels ≥24 m.

Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited Sea Service Requirements

  • Have served, of the applicable qualifying seagoing service mentioned above at least 12 months on vessels on voyages of at least 24 hours duration; AND
  • At least 6 of the 12 months mentioned above as either - understudy of the officer in charge of a navigation watch on a vessel; or watchkeeping service, as an officer in charge of a navigation watch on a vessel, that AMSA considers equivalent to the service.

Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited STCW Training and Certificate Requirements

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

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Table: AMSA Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited certificates and training requirements.

AMSA Watchkeeper Deck <500 GT CoC Requirements

  • Person must be at least 18 years old

Watchkeeper Deck <500 GT Sea Service Requirements

  • Have completed at least 36 months documented qualifying seagoing service (or at least 18 months if part of an approved and monitored course) performing watchkeeping duties or functions in the deck department on vessels ≥12 m, of which, at least 12 months was served on vessels ≥24 m on voyages of at least 24 hours duration; and ) at least 6 months of the 12 months mentioned above was served as – understudy of the officer in charge of a navigation watch on a vessel; or an officer in charge of a navigation watch on a vessel, that AMSA considers equivalent to the watchkeeping service mentioned above.
  • The service as an understudy of an officer in charge of a navigational watch must be performed while completing an approved deck watchkeeper understudy program and the seagoing service is performed - in the deck department; and in shifts of at least 4 hours; and includes the following - 100 hours performing duties as lookout; 100 hours performing duties in daylight hours; 100 hours performing duties in darkness; and 180 hours performing watchkeeping duties under supervision.
  • For endorsement as Watchkeeper Deck on vessels <3000 GT on near coastal voyages, at least 6 months was served on vessels ≥24 m as the officer in charge of a navigational watch while holding a Watchkeeper Deck <500 GT certificate of competency.

Watchkeeper Deck <500 GT STCW Training and Certificate Requirements

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

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Table: AMSA Watchkeeper Deck 500 gt certificates and training requirements.

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