Certificates of Competency (CoC) Master, Deck and Engineer Officers

Changes to STCW introduced by the 2010 Manila amendments, means that holders of Certificates of Competency (CoC) – Masters and Deck and Engineer Officers certificates will be required to demonstrate continued competence to revalidate their certificate beyond 1 January 2017, and every five (5) years to maintain the validity of their certificate.  Refer to AMSA revalidation information for full details.

CoC Revalidation

The CoC revalidation course is designed for Seafarers who do not hold the qualifying sea service and therefore need to undertake the full STCW short courses in order to demonstrate continued competence. The course has been designed in three parts, A, B and C. Part A is common to Masters, Deck and Engineer Officers, Part B is solely for Masters and Deck Officers and Part C is solely for Engineer Officers. Part C is not offered by AMCS.

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CoC Revalidation – Part A and B (Masters and Deck Officers)

Part A – CoC Revalidation

Part B – CoC Revalidation

CoC Refresher (seafarers with current sea service)

The CoC refresher course is designed to meet the mandatory Sea Survival and Fire Fighting continued competence requirements for current Seafarers with qualifying sea service.

CoC Refresher (seafarers with qualifying sea service)

AMSA Certificate of Recognition

To revalidate an AMSA Certificate of Recognition (CoR) or Restricted Certificate of Recognition (RCoR), the holder must, prior to application for revalidation of their AMSA CoR or RCoR, first revalidate their primary qualification with the issuing Administration.

Applicants should note that the requirements for the revalidation of a CoR or RCoR are the same as for holders of an Australian issued Certificate of Competency, and in some cases, this may require the satisfactory completion of the appropriate revalidation course or part thereof in Australia or other requirements that may be determined by AMSA.

For further information, please refer to Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Endorsements

Holders of CoC with endorsements may be required to attend courses to maintain existing endorsements or to obtain a new AMSA endorsement.  It is recommended you check with AMSA regarding the current requirements for endorsements.

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Fast Rescue Boat

GMDSS General Operators Certificate

Security Awareness Training

ECDIS

FPSO, FSO and MODU

The following information was extracted from AMSA Fact Sheet – Seafarer Certifications (STCW 06) in December 2014 and is provided as guidance only.

AMSA will accept service as a Master or Deck Officer on a FPSO or FSO for a period of at least 12 months in total within the preceding five years as being equivalent to satisfying the skill set of “Part A” (e.g. shipmaster’s medical, legislation, stability and cargo work etc.) of an AMSA approved deck revalidation course.

Such applicants holding an AMSA Deck Certificate of Competency will satisfy the FULL revalidation requirements by:

  • satisfactorily completing “Part B” (e.g. BRM, passage planning, navigational equipment etc.) of an AMSA approved revalidation course within 12 months of application for revalidation;
  • holding either a valid Australian GMDSS Radio Operator’s Certificate or GMDSS Certificate of Recognition;
  • holding a valid Certificate of Medical Fitness in accordance with Marine Order 9, Health – Medical Fitness;
  • completing the Continued Competence refresher training in sea survival and fire-fighting; and
  • holding a Security Awareness Training endorsement.

Sea service on disconnectable FPSOs or MODUs on voyages, and only when operated in the self-propelled mode, is accepted in full for revalidation.

AMCS offer the following training courses:

Part B – CoC Revalidation

GMDSS

Continued Competence Refresher Training

Pilots – Port and Coastal Revalidation

The following information was extracted from AMSA Fact Sheet – Seafarer Certifications (STCW 06) in December 2014 and is provided as guidance only.

For Port Pilots serving in Australian ports ONLY, who have at least two and a half years’ service in the five years immediately preceding their application for revalidation, AMSA will accept that service as meeting the qualifying sea service requirement to revalidate their AMSA Deck Certificate of Competency BUT RESTRICTED to use within a 12 mile radius to seaward of the port limits where they are a licenced pilot. Such applicants will NOT be required to hold either a valid Australian GMDSS Radio Operator’s Certificate or Australian GMDSS Certificate of Recognition. (This option does NOT apply to holders of a Certificate of Recognition or Restricted Certificate of Recognition).  

A Port Pilot may have such a restriction removed at any time by revalidating their certificate in FULL.

For Port and Coastal Pilots serving in Australian ports or employed in the compulsory pilotage areas of the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef, AMSA will accept that service as meeting the competencies of “Part B” (e.g. BRM, passage planning, navigational equipment etc) of an AMSA approved revalidation course. To be eligible for FULL revalidation of their AMSA Deck Certificate of Competency, such applicants will be required to satisfy the following:

  • Within 12 months of application for revalidation, complete “Part A” (e.g. shipmasters medical, legislation, stability and cargo work etc) of an AMSA approved deck revalidation course and the FULL Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Recue Boats and Advanced Fire Fighting STCW short courses; or
  • an AMSA approved Advanced Pilots’ Development course including deck revalidation and the FULL Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Recue Boats and Advanced Fire Fighting STCW short courses; and
  • hold either a valid Australian GMDSS Radio Operator’s Certificate or Australian GMDSS Certificate of Recognition.

Note: All applicants for Pilot revalidation must hold:

  1. a valid Certificate of Medical Fitness in accordance with Marine Order 9 Health – medical fitness; and
  2. Security Awareness Training endorsement.

Also Note: While it is not mandatory for Pilots to complete Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) training for service on ships fitted with Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) equipment, AMSA strongly recommends that they do so.

 

AMCS offer the following training courses:

Part A – CoC Revalidation

GMDSS

Security Awareness Training

ECDIS

Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)

The following information was extracted from AMSA Fact Sheet – Seafarer Certifications (STCW 06) in December 2014 and is provided as guidance only.

Masters or Deck Officers in charge of navigational watches serving on ships fitted with SOLAS-compliant ECDIS equipment are required to complete ECDIS training. The training consists of two parts:

  1. an AMSA-approved generic ECDIS training course that satisfies the requirements of IMO Model course 1.27 and conforms to the relevant STCW requirements. Upon satisfactory completion, the applicant will be issued with a Certificate of Proficiency as ECDIS trained, and
  2. familiarisation training as outlined in Marine Notice 11/2012, Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports.

Note:

  • Certificates of Competency issued to Masters and Deck Officers who have not completed training outlined above, will not be valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS equipment.
  • It should be noted that a Certificate of Proficiency as ECDIS trained is issued in perpetuity. There is no need for refreshment or revalidation of this training if the seafarer meets the related familiarization requirements.

AMSA will also accept an ECDIS certificate issued by on administration with which AMSA has an agreement, from Australian Certificate of Competency holders living outside Australia.  They should:

  • Obtain a letter from the overseas course provider that this course is approved by the administration of that country and that this person has attended the course.

 

AMCS offer the following training courses:

ECDIS