Old certificates vs new

With the introduction of the national system for commercial vessels on 1 July 2013, the names of some Certificates of Competency have changed.

Validity of existing certificates

If you hold an existing Certificate of Competency, you can continue to operate nationally, with the same conditions of your existing certificate, until it expires.

When you renew, you'll be issued with an equivalent national certificate.

If your existing certificate has restrictions, those restrictions may be replicated in the new national certificate.

This table shows what the pre 1 July 2013 certificates equate to under the National System (post 1 July 2013):

Item Existing certificate, issued by a State or the Northern Territory New Certificate of Competency under the National System
1 General Purpose Hand General Purpose Hand NC
2 Coxswain Coxswain Grade 1 NC
3 Coxswain (restricted to sheltered waters) Coxswain Grade 1 NC (restricted to sheltered waters)
4 Coxswain (restricted to outboard propulsion power) Coxswain Grade 1 NC (restricted to outboard propulsion power)
5 Master Class 5 Skipper Grade 3 Master Class5 / Skipper Grade 3 Master Class V (Trading) Master Class V (Fishing) Master Class 5 (Trading and Fishing) Master <24 m NC
6 Mate Class 4 Mate Class IV (Fishing) Mate Class IV (Trading Mate <80 m NC
7 Master Class 4 Skipper Grade 2 Master Class IV (Trading) Master Class IV (Fishing) Master <35 m NC
8 Master Class 3 Skipper Grade 1 Master Class III (Trading) Master Class III (Fishing) Master <80 m NC
9 Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC
10 Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC
12 Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 NC
13 Coxswain Inland Waters Coxswain Grade 2 NC
14 Master Class 5 (restricted to inland waters) Master (Inland waters)
15 Master Class 4 (restricted to inland waters) Master (Inland waters) endorsed
16 Master Class 5 (restricted to smooth waters) Master <24m NC (restricted to sheltered waters)
17 Master Class 4 (restricted to smooth waters) Master <35m NC (restricted to sheltered waters)
18 Engineer Class 3 Engineer Class 3 NC
Share this page: