By law, any person working as crew on a commercial vessel in Australia must hold a Certificate of Competency. This ensures that people operating commercial vessels are competent and medically fit for their assigned tasks and areas of operation.
Under the new Part D of the
National Standards for Commercial Vessels, if you’re applying for or renewing a Certificate of Competency, you will be able to apply for a five year ‘National System’ certificate by meeting the specified requirements.
Once issued, a Certificate of Competency allows you to operate anywhere in Australian waters subject to the operational and distance limitations of the certificate.
Holder of a Coxswain 2, Coxswain 1, Master <24m, Master <35m, Mate <80 m, Master <80m or approved equivalent is exempt from requiring a General Boat Driver Licence (GBL) or Personal Water Craft Licence (PWC)
A Master <24m, Master <35m and Master <80m certificate holder can operate as a Coxswain if he/she also holds a MED or Engineer Class 3 certificate of competency.