• Code
  • 0417GMDSS
  • Type
  • Short Course
  • Cost
  • $3200
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Full Time
  • Location
  • Lakes Entrance (SEAMEC)
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Course Overview

In order to operate a vessel for commercial purposes, you are required to hold an appropriate Certificate of Competency. Qualifications can be obtained for use onboard trading vessels and fishing vessels.

SEAMEC conducts Coxswain training, which is designed to provide skills and learning for students wanting to gain a Certificate of Competency from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) under the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessels.

This Certificate of Competency allows the holder to operate a commercial vessel up to 12 metres in length within sheltered waters with a power restriction of 100 kW (126 hp) for inboard powered vessels and unlimited power for outboard powered vessels. A Coxswain Grade 2 NC cannot operate a vessel which carries passengers and can only operate within sheltered waters or within 3 nm from the point of departure.

The training comprises of units from the Maritime Training Package MAR10413 - Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR10413 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal), qualifying sea service and completed Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved task book or qualifying sea service, and AMSA final assessment; people seeking certification should check with AMSA.

Course Dates


Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Coxswain Grade 2 (Customised for specific client).

Career Opportunities

  • Small commercial vessels
  • Search and Rescue
  • Government agencies

Opportunities for Further Study

MAR20313 Coxswain Grade 1

Further Information

Entry Requirements

In order to apply for a Coxswain Grade 2 Certificate of Competency, The applicant must:
(a) have completed a Coxswain Grade 2 course at Certificate 1 level; and
(b) have at least:
(i) 7 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels, and
a completed approved task book; or
(ii) 60 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels;
(c) after meeting all the other requirements for the certificate — pass a final


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost


Materials Fees

Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information

Students need to be aware that for some qualifications there may be a pathway prerequisite to achieve the AMSA Certificate of Competency (licensing). Other requirements may include: be at least 16 years of age, holding a current First Aid certificate, holding a marine Radio Operators Certificate, satisfactory completion of an eyesight and medical test as well as satisfying sea service requirements. Please see the AMSA website Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information at www.amsa.gov.au for further information. Students need to arrange this themselves and is not required to complete this course.


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • Pen
  • Notepads
  • Appropriate cold weather clothing for boat activities
  • Appropriate footwear for engineering

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules


Students participate in classroom theory sessions supplemented by practical experience.


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