Renew a Certificate of Competency

Certificates of Competency are issued for five years, and must be renewed before the expiry date. If you do not renew/revalidate your certificate it will expire. It is an offence to serve as crew on a commercial vessel with an expired Certificate of Competency.

Note: If the renewal application is made after expiry of the certificate, the certificate is not valid until it is renewed. If the renewal application is made prior to expiry, the certificate is considered to be valid until it is renewed or renewal is refused in writing.

Lower grade renewals

This section applies to:

  • General Purpose Hand NC (or General Purpose Hand)
  • Coxswain Grade 2 NC, Coxswain Grade 1 NC (or Coxswain)
  • Master <24m NC (Master Class 5, Skipper Grade 3)
  • Master (Inland Waters)
  • Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC ( or Marine Engine Driver Grade 3)
  • Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC (or Marine Engine Driver Grade 2). 

What you need to do:

  • Complete an Application for a Certificate of Competency
  • Provide a current approved first aid certificate of at least 'Apply first aid' (HLTFA311A) or 'Provide first aid' (HLTAID003) standard, (except for renewing a Coxswain Grade 2 NC)
  • Make a Self Declaration of Medical Fitness form
  • Provide proof of your identity
  • Supply two colour passport photos named on back. If you're posting your application, the photos must be certified
  • Provide your original Certificate of Competency
  • Provide payment for the renewal fee.

You do not need to provide evidence of sea service to renew these types of Certificates of Competency as they are subject to Standard Renewal.

Higher grade renewals

This section applies to:

  • Master Class 3
  • Skipper Grade 1
  • Master Class <80m NC
  • Mate 4
  • Mate <80m NC
  • Master <80m NC (STCW Reg II/3) NC
  • Master Class 4
  • Skipper Grade 2
  • Master <35m NC
  • Marine Engine Grade 1/NC
  • Engineer Class 3/ NC
  • Engineer Class 3 NC (STCW Reg III) NC.

What you need to do

  • Complete the Application for a Certificate of Competency
  • Provide proof of your identity
  • Supply two colour passport photos named on back. If you're posting your application, the photos must be certified
  • Provide your original Certificate of Competency
  • Provide a current approved first aid certificate of at least 'Apply first aid' (HLTFA311A) or 'Provide first aid' (HLTAID003) 
  • Provide a current Eyesight Test Certificate form
  • Provide a current Certificate of Medical Fitness form
  • Provide payment for the renewal (revalidation) fee
  • Provide evidence of 120 days qualifying sea service as officer of the watch, or undertaking engineering tasks, for duties of the kind to which the certificate applies, and complete the Application For Qualifying Sea Service Assessment form.

If the required sea service is not available, you'll need to provide evidence of/or complete:

  • An approved revalidation course or
  • An approved final assessment or
  • 60 days qualifying sea service accrued in the 6 months before the application or
  • For a seasonal fisher (eg an abalone fisher) - have worked in a seasonal fishery for at least 120 days in the 5 years before the application or
  • Have other approved industry experience (eg State or Territory marine safety agency assessor or operational employee, fleet manager, shore-side servicing, teaching at an approved training organisation for marine studies, marine surveyor) or
  • Complete a task book approved by the National Regulator for the certificate.

Lodging your application

You may lodge an application to renew/revalidate your Certificate:

  • By posting all required documents to:
    Marine Certification
    Locked Bag 5100 Camperdown NSW 1450
  • In person at any registry or service centre.

Your revalidated Certificate will be returned to you by mail.

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