Who is the course for?
This course is for people requiring a commercial licence to skipper a commercial fishing, trading or passenger vessel up to 12 metres in length and forms the core of all Coxswain Near Coastal (NC) Certificate of Competency (CoC).
This course is designed for people who already have considerable experience in vessel operations.
To meet AMSA's training requirements of a Coxswain Grade 2(NC), participants are required to complete the following courses: Coxswain Deck and Elements of Shipboard Safety (completed in the last 5 years).
To meet AMSA's training requirements of a Coxswain Grade 1(NC), participants are required to complete the following courses: Coxswain Deck, Elements of Shipboard Safety (completed in the last 5 years), Navigation, Engineering, First Aid and LROCP.
How will I be trained and assessed?
SMT provides all the training and assessment, activities will include:
- written assessments* of underpinning knowledge
- verbal assessments of understanding of actions to be taken during routine, emergency and exceptional circumstances
- demonstration of practical skills and knowledge whilst onboard a vessel
How is training delivered?
The course covers deck duties including:
- rope and wire work
- preparing for sea and rough weather
- vessel design, construction and stability; berthing duties
- manoeuvring and vessel handling in normal and exceptional circumstances
- duties in confined waters
- anchoring, mooring and towing, machinery and equipment
- COLREGS and IALA buoyage
- types of emergencies and general responses
- weather and outboards
How long is the course?
This is a 5 day course (9am – 5pm on the classroom days). The final boating practical session which is on the last day of the course, you will only be required to attend for 1-2 hours to complete this practical, the time will be determined and communicated to you during the course. All of the equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT. Participants must bring their own writing materials and their own work-style clothing and enclosed footwear appropriate to the forecast weather conditions.
Note: Participants are required to do some self-study before the course. SMT will provide materials from which participants are required to learn lights, shapes and sound signals before the course.
What sort of credential(s) do I get if I complete the course?
Participants who successfully complete all of the written, verbal and practical assessments will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment for the following units:
- MARC005 Operate inboard and outboard motors
- MARI001 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
- MARJ001 Follow environmental work practices
- MARK001 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
- MARN002 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
If you have also completed the Elements of Shipboard safety, the combination of these units and deck units will make you eligible to recieve a MAR10413 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
SMT can issue an Interim Certificate of Competency (ICoC) to participants who have successfully completed the courses for a Coxswain Grade 1 or 2 NC, 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
Task books can be purchased from SMT. If you wish to use a Task Book to reduce the amount of sea service time you require for your course, the Task Book needs to be fully completed and submitted to SMT 1 week prior to the commencement of your course for assessment, once it is assessed as satisfactory it will be attached to your sea time evidence used for the issue of the ICoC. For fees relating to purchasing and assessment of the Task Book by SMT, please refer to the latest course schedule and fees document.
For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State, Growth, Tasmania.