Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate II in Maritime Operations  MAR20321

Who is it for

For people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency to command and operate the engines of a vessel:

  • <12 m in length
  • with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or <500 kW for an inboard engine
  • that is in inshore waters or designated waters


  • as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Our average student, aged 25 with three years of boating experience, two jobs in the marine industry and 30 days on vessels underway.(minimum 8 hour days)

Learners need knowledge and existing experience operating boats and experience of maritime operations. They require the ability to operate in confined spaces, hot environments and as part of a team with good interpersonal skills.

AMSA Licensing

  • be 16+
  • Complete an AMSA medical at a Doctor which includes an eyesight test 
  • Have 30 days commercial seatime with a taskbook (150 without)
  • Have Shipboard Safety or complete with us
  • Have a current First Aid certificate or complete with us
  • Complete our short range radio course and exam $198 (during course)
  • Take part in an AMPA assessment (additional cost $450)

Task books require dedication and planning to complete. They are used to record workplace completion of jobs to correct standard.  Taskbook guide

Mode of delivery

One of the first questions we get asked is “How long is the course?” In 2024/5 students complete all these:

  1. a set course delivered face to face in the training centre, over two-three weeks Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm &
  2. Workplace based training using the coxswains grade 1 taskbook. &
  3. Self study program using a study guide
  4. Between 1-5 sessions after the face to face course. Friday 3-4pm
  5. Final assessment in the workplace and at training centre after 1-4 completed.

Every student arrives with different abilities, skill and knowledge levels. We assess these and create an individual training plan as needed to ensure you have the ability and knowledge required by regulations to carry out your job. During the course we re-evaluate where you are at, in case your plan needs adjusting with more/less training

Course Entry Requirements

30 days seatime on any vessel

That’s why we do face to face training which verifies they have these skills.
A sea time assessment is completed to check and confirm this experience and knowledge.
A LLN assessment is conducted to determine level and assistance required.
A training and support plan is created and updated during their enrolment.
Moderate physical ability is required to work in the maritime industry. (eg walking fast, swimming)

The next higher qualification is Master < 24 metres.

Duration and scheduling
Example: If the interview verifies the candidate has lsufficient skill and knowledge strength in
• Navigation skills
• Rope handling experience
• Radar theory and Plotting
• Vessel Manoeuvring experience
• Towing & anchoring
• Seamanship ability
• Passage planning
• Maintenance skills
Then they will complete the course face to face with delivery over three weeks full time with ongoing workshops each Friday 3-4pm. The extent and number of workshops depends on the individual and is determined at review which occurs at a key milestone in their learning. Support by phone and email is also offered as they complete up to 100 hours of supported self study based on their assessed needs.
Learner May be expected to spend 100 hours completing Taskbook

RegulationsAMSA Marine Orders9-12POWER POINT AMSA website      100 MAGIC MILES    
Collision RulesShip rules Sound signals Lights Restricted visibility1-2 20 10 15 40POWER POINT 2 X PHYSCAL DISPLAYS SMALL SHIPS MANUAL  
Collision Rules and operationsManagement Planning area Policies9-12 1-3pmReview Notes Additional Power Points
NavigationCoastal Offshore9-12 1-4pmPOWER POINT  
Passage PlanningChartwork Calculations9-12 1-4pmAUS254
Marine SafetyLegislation Equipment Operation1-2PM 30 30 30POWERPOINT DUMMY FLARES & EPIRP SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
EnginesDiesel Petrol9-12 1-3Videos Engine displays
SeamanshipRopes Knots Wire9-11.20 11.20-1pm 2pm -3pmRopes wires and cables  
MaintenanceVessels Deck Aux systems9-11 1-4VIDEOS POWER POINT VESSEL TRAILER
Environmental   Outboard motorsPollution Incidents9-11 12-3 3-4Legislation   Various motors
Marine radioVHF MF  HF9-11 1-4Legislation documents P.point Operational radios
Workplace SafetyWHS9-11   1-4WHS Power point Legislation documents Case studies
Sea SafetySurvival Rafts9-11 1-4Life refts and survival equipment Power points
Fire safetyEquipment Causes Response9-11 11-12 1-4Fire extinguishers Fire station PPE
Simulator emergencies manoeuvringTraining Practice Case studies9-11 11-12 1-4Operations Simulator Written studies

RPL recognition of prior learning
Often coxswain learners will have substantial experience with boating above the 30 days. They may have a boat licence and have worked or been around the water from a young age. Others have a mechanical background either qualified or informal. This carries across to the engineering aspects of coxswain work. We can do RPL to assess their experience but the first step is the sea time assessment. RPL assessment is charged at a $99 hourly rate, so the total cost will vary based on how many subjects(units) required

The details


Cost is $1599

Equipment supplied includes charts, dividers, parallel ruler and drawing compass.  

Held at 1/6 Commerce Close, Cannonvale QLD or Western Australia

Other places do correspondence but there’s a low completion rate.  Face to Face like we offer works best. 

  • There’s an assignment or exam for each subject. Look at the list of subjects as each student is required to assist to keep track of their own studies and progress.
  • A lot of research and study is required from each student before and during attending the block course as this is a time to consolidate knowledge already being gained and work as a team to close any gaps in skills and knowledge.
  • The course is very practical with on water navigation exercises and attendance at a slipway and engineering workshop
  •  If you are deemed not meeting the assessment criteria you will need to obtain either more practical experience or theory knowledge which could take extra time. There is no guarantee of being deemed competent or receiving a certificate after the course

There’s 7+ assignments and 3 exams and we give you a student planner to track what you need to know and where your up to.

Then there is an AMPA practical assessment at an additional cost of $450

Coxswain AMSA info



  1. Check your sea time and licence requirements
  2. Have a phone interview.
  3. Complete an experience and language literacy assessment.
  4. Get a taskbook from us if necessary.
  5. Enroll and pay the $29 deposit or work out a payment plan
  6. Get the study guide.
  7. Maybe review the Small vessel manual
  8. Attend a full time face to face block course and tutorial as planned
  9. Obtain marine radio (short range for coxswain, First Aid and Shipboard Safety (we offer at an additional charge)
  10. Complete an assignment or Assessment for each unit. 100% competency is required for assessments.
  11. Complete the on water practical assessment and AMPA assessment (separate cost). Be deemed competent
  12. complete the medical and eyesight test 
  13. Submit an application to AMSA via Australia Post office and pay $180 fee.
  • Provide first aid
  • Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • 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
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
  • 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

For the licence you need to show you have experience working at sea in a deck, or a deck and engineering capacity, on vessels greater than or equal to five metres long. You must have completed either:

  • 30 days on commercial vessels with a completed approved task book
  • 150 days on any vessels without a task book.

You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the five years before the application.

If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.

If at least half of your sea service is not to seaward of sheltered waters, your certificate will be restricted to sheltered waters.

You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:

  • Record of sea service form 771
  • an approved sea service log book
  • the on board sea service record from your task book
  • a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.

Read more about qualifying sea service.