This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal in the maritime industry and:
(1) command a commercial marine vessel that is not carrying passengers:
As the Coxswain Grade 2 course is generally delivered as part of the larger Coxswain Grade 1 course, students interested in enrolling in this course should contact AMFA to get the exact required for attendance during one of the programmed Coxswain Grade 1 courses.
Students requiring a Certificate of Competency that allows them to operate a commercial vessel that can carry passengers should go to the Coxswain Grade 1 page as a Coxswain Grade 2 Certificate of Competency does not allow for the carriage of passengers unless an exemption has been granted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
This level of qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D. Certification will require achievement of the MAR10413 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal), qualifying sea service and completed Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved task book or qualifying sea service, AMSA final assessment, an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency and an AMSA approved first aid certificate. People seeking certification should check with AMSA.
The Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy's delivery of the MAR Coxswain will allow a student to apply for the Coxswain Grade 2 regulatory Certificate of Competency. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the maritime regulator (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) before commencing a course to ensure that the student can meet the prerequisites for issuance of a regulatory Certificate of Competency.
The information on the Coxswain Grade 2 Certificate of Competency provided below is from AMSA Guidance Notice 717 Coxswain Grade 2 and is subject to change. It is provided as a service to AMFA students and is not intended to be a definitive guide upon which students should make enrolment decisions.
Students enrolled in the Coxswain Grade 2 course will need to complete the following eight (8) units of competency.
Units of Competency - Coxswain Grade 2
Operate inboard and outboard motors
Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
Meet work health and safety requirements
Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
Follow environmental work practices
Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
Operational Capabilites of Coxswain Grade 2
The holder of this certificate can:
(a) command a vessel:
- <12 m long; and
- with propulsion power:
- for an inboard engine - <100 kW; or
- for an outboard engine - unlimited; and
- that is not carrying passengers
(b) operate the engines of the vessel
(c) operate a vessel:
- <12 m in sheltered waters; or
- as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nm of a parent vessel in the Exclusive Economic Zone
- within 3 nm from point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease.
Sea Service Requirements
The applicant must have at least:
- 7 days qualifying sea service on commercial or
recreational vessels, and a completed approved task book; or
- 60 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels.
- Be at least 16 years when the certificate is issued;
- Record of Sea Service (AMSA form 560);or
- Record of Sea Service to meet standard, signed
by a qualified person;
- Declaration of Medical Fitness (AMSA form 558);
- Eyesight (Colour Vision) Test Certificate (AMSA
- Proof of Identity;
- Photographs (2);
- Certificate 1 - Coxswain Grade 2 issued by an
AMSA approved registered training organisation
- Application for a Certificate of Competency - first
time issue (AMSA form 534);
- Pay fee/s.
For a complete overview of this qualification, please read the AMSA Guidance Notice for Coxswain Grade 2.
Exemption 38: Low Complexity Duties
The Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy offers Exemption 38 (Low Complexity Duties) training on a demand basis. The Exemption 38 is for limited maritime operations that undertake low complexity duties with operators having the following restrictions:
1. Operate during daylight hours only;
2. Command a vessel <12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine <100kW or outboard engine <250kW;
3. Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:
- marina operations and mooring areas in sight of the marina;
- inland waters;
- any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and in sight of, and in communication with, the parent vessel;
- any other waters approved by the National Regulator;
4. Without carrying passengers operate only in the following places or areas:
- places and areas in Point 3 above;
- smooth waters, including inland waters;
- any waters within 1nm from each point of departure and within 1nm of the coast
- any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption;
- any waters within 250 metres of a structure fixed to the shore
- sheltered waters within 2nm from the coast;
5. Command a vessel <12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard and outboard engine, <500kW:
- when the vessel is used only for towing persons; and
- only in waters that are waterski areas approved by a State or Territory authority.
Note: If the normal operation of a vessel involves departing from several points, each of which are within a nautical mile such as delivering supplies along a shore, then multiple points of departure are permissible. For definitions of smooth and sheltered waters refer to NSCV Part B.
Eligibility criteria - Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties)
1. Be at least 16 years of age when the exemption is obtained; and
2. If carrying passengers hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package unit of competency Provide first aid; and
3. If operational radio equipment is on board the vessel, hold at least a Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority or an equivalent qualification approved by the National Regulator; and
4. Meet the medical and eyesight requirements for a Coxswain Grade 2 NC certificate of competency specified in Chapter 4 of NSCV Part D, other than the requirements in Division 4.4 of Part D;
5. Complete training and assessment in accordance with AMSA 508 Training and Assessment Criteria and AMSA536 Final Practical Assessment Record.
Training and Assessment
Once students have successfully met the conditions of Exemption 38, trainer assessors will forward participant details to AMSA and these will be entered into the Holders of Exemption 38 database (NRIP00078).
Operationl Conditions of an Exemption 38
Once you have successfully completed the Final Practical Assessment Record (AMSA536) you can commence operations under Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties).
You need to keep the following completed records and make them readily available if requested:
- Final Practical Assessment Record (AMSA536)
- Statement of Attainment/document demonstrating completion of an AMSA approved course
- Self-Declaration of Medical Fitness (AMSA558)
- Eyesight Test Certificate (AMSA542)
- Current First Aid Certificate (if applicable)
- Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (if applicable)
Please note that AMFA offers all of its students a convenient drivers licence-sized photo identification that can be carried to satisfy any offical queries made regarding a persons authority to operate under Exemption 38 conditions.
Important note: To operate as certified crew outside of the limits of Exemption 38, you need to have an appropriate Certificate of Competency; for example, General Purpose Hand or Coxswain 2 or 1. If participating as part of an emergency response team on board a vessel or passenger vessel, it is recommended on board training is supported by formal emergency response training, such as Elements of Shipboard Safety.