Coxswain Engineering (Diesel)

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who hold a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) CoC and wish to operate a 100Kw up to 500kW inboard propulsion commercial vessel up to 12 metres in length within inshore waters.

People who complete this course will meet AMSA's training requirements for a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) 500kW inboard propulsion power CoC. The course is also a requirement for people who are working towards a Coxswain Grade 1(NC) CoC.

Course requirements

This course is designed for participants with considerable experience in operating small vessels and who hold a Coxswain Grade 2(NC) CoC. More information about the course is available from the SMT office.

How will I be trained and assessed?

Training and assessment is conducted in the classroom and onboard a vessel.

Assessment activities will include:

  • written assessments* of underpinning knowledge
  • engineering practical assessment onboard a vessel
  • demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge in simulated workplace activities

Participants who are seeking a Coxswain Grade 1(NC) CoC must also undertake an AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) which is incorporated and completed during the course assessment. 

How is training delivered?

The course includes training and assessment covering:

  • routine checks and operation of propulsion machinery, ancillary equipment and other mechanical equipment in small vessels;
  • general responses to mechanical emergencies and malfunctions;
  • water-cooling and bilge-pumping arrangements;
  • use and care of low-voltage electrical systems;
  • precautions when charging batteries;
  • fire prevention and actions on a small vessel; refuelling precautions; auxiliary systems

How long is the course?

This is a 3 day course (9am – 5pm), which is completed in the classroom and includes a boating practical session. All of the equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT. Participants must bring their own writing materials, own work-style clothing and enclosed footwear appropriate to the forecast weather conditions.

What sort of credential(s) do I get if I complete the course?

Participants who successfully complete all of the assessments will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment for:

  • MARB002 Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • MARC006 Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems

For those participants who successfully complete this course and are working towards a Coxswain Grade 1(NC) are required to complete and submit the required AMSA paperwork to SMT a minimum of 1 week prior to course commencement.

SMT can issue an Interim Certificate of Competency (ICoC) to participants who have successfully completed the courses for a Coxswain Grade 1, have been issued with the qualification, have met all of the evidence and sea time requirements of AMSA and have all fees paid.

The following AMSA paperwork and evidence is required to be completed by the participant and submitted to SMT a minimum of 1 week prior to the commencement of the course:

  • AMSA 426 Certificate of Competency Application which incorporates the Sea Service and Medical Declaration
  • AMSA 542 Eyesight test certificate (must be completed by an optometrist)
  • AMSA 771 Sea service record
  • Proof of identity which includes a Passport or a drivers licence and birth certificate
  • Current photo (SMT will take your photo and verify it)

Within 7 days of an ICoC being issued, SMT will lodge all completed paperwork to AMSA on your behalf.

If you are applying for an endorsement, an ICoC will not be issued by SMT, all paperwork must be submitted to AMSA.


For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State, Growth, Tasmania.

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Course Dates

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Start Date Location Cost
Mon 18th Feb 2019 at 9:00AM Battery Point Price $441.00 Apply
Mon 15th Apr 2019 at 9:00AM Battery Point Price $441.00 Apply
Wed 22nd May 2019 at 9:00AM Strahan Price $441.00 Apply