AMSA Marine Notice for holder of Certificates of Proficiency as Rating and Safety Training

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have released Marine Notice 7/2016: Perpetual Certificates of Proficiency as Rating and Safety Training.

The Marine Notice is to draw to the attention of vessel owners, vessel operators masters, officers, ratings, seafarer training organisations, coastal pilots and industry organisations that Certificates of Proficiency as Rating (Able Seaman, Deck Rating and Engine Room Rating) and Certificates of Safety Training issued in perpetuity (i.e. no expiry date) will expire after 31 December 2016 in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW).

This means that the holders of such certificates will not be able to work from 1 January 2017 unless they have revalidated that certificate.

AMSA recommends that seafarers who hold a perpetual Certificate of Proficiency as Rating or a Certificate of Safety Training not leave completion of the mandatory training to the end of this year.

A high demand for the courses at that time may result in limited availability. In addition AMSA anticipates high volumes of applications being received by AMSA. This may result in delays in processing times and certificates being unable to be issued in advance of their expiry.

Please review the full AMSA Marine Notice 7/2016 via the AMSA website or download a pdf here.

AMCS offer Refresher Training that meet the requirement to demonstrate continued competence.  Click the relevant qualification below to view the scheduled course information:

Certificate of Safety Training

Certificates of Proficiency as Rating (Integrated Rating, Able Seaman, Deck Rating or Engine Room Rating)

Certificates of Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats

Security Awareness Training