How do I gain / renew / revalidate my certificate?
To gain a new qualification, you will need to undertake a course with an Approved Training Organisation, after which you will need to apply through your local Marine Safety Agency.
To renew or revalidate your current qualification, you will need to lodge your application with your local Marine Safety Agency.
How do I lodge my application?
All applications must be lodged with a local Marine Safety Agency, who will process it on AMSA’s behalf
Does my <7.5m vessel require survey?
Most vessels less than 7.5 metres are exempt from survey, however if your vessel carries passengers, operates outside of sheltered waters or is otherwise high risk, it not exempts from survey.
What are the survey requirements for my vessel?
For details on survey requirements for your vessel, please contact your local Marine Safety Agency.
What are my manning requirements?
Manning requirements are set out on your Certificate of Operation. For further information on your specific vessels requirements, contact your local Marine Safety Agency.
How can I get a builder’s plate for my vessel?
Boat builders will supply Builders Plates with the vessel. If you built the vessel yourself, you will need to contact your local Marine Safety Agency for further information.
How can I find out where my application is up to?
For domestic applications, you will need to contact the Marine Safety Agency with whom you lodged the application.
For applications that allow you to operate outside of Australian waters, you will need to speak to the International Qualifications team of AMSA.
Do I need a Certificate of Competency if I am operating a small tinny within inland waters?
You may not need a Certificate of Competency if your vessel is <7.5m and you are within 100m of shore. See Exemption 20 of the National Law for further details.
What medical certification do I need?
A self-declaration of medical fitness must be completed for all applications (first time and renewal) for General Purpose Hand, Coxswain Grades 1 and 2, Master <24m, Master (Inland Waters) and Marine Engine Driver Grades 2 and 3.
A certificate of medical fitness, to be completed by a doctor, is required for all applications (first time and renewal) for Master <35m, Mate <80m, Master <80m, Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 and Engineer Class 3.
Where can I get a task book?
Task books are provided by approved training organisations. A training organisation is only able to provide a task book for a course they offer. For a list of training organisations, and the courses they offer, please see the Approved Training Organisations page.
Where can I undertake training to achieve my domestic qualification?
All training is provided by approved training organisations. For a list of training organisations, and the courses they offer, please see the Approved Training Organisations page.
Why do the time frames for applications differ between states?
Each Marine Safety Agency is a delegate of AMSA, and process all applications on our behalf. Application processing times are subject to the workload of the local Marine Safety Agency with which the application was lodged.