Certificate of Competency (CoC) Continued Competence Refresher

For Masters, Deck + Engineering Officers with qualifying sea time

Course also known as: Continued Competence, Deck Officer Refresher, Master Refresher, Engineering Officer Refresher

Refresh your AMSA issued Certificate of Competency (held by Master, Deck and Engineer Officers) if you have qualifying sea service.

Who Should Participate?

Certificate of Competency holders with qualifying sea service. Qualifying sea service is at least 12 months in total during the preceding 5 years before application, or 3 months in total during the preceding 6 months prior to revalidating. Find out more about AMSA's sea service requirements.

Certificate of Competency holders without qualifying sea service should complete our Revalidation course.

Course Entry Prerequisite

Please note the following prerequisite is for entry onto the course and evidence must be provided upon enrolment:

  • STCW Certificate of Competency for International Waters (Master, Deck and Engineer Officers)

Course Structure

Online Theory Component: 5 hours 

The online theory component is delivered through the University of Tasmania's learning management system, MyLO.  The course requires a reasonable internet connection and a webcam to complete the assessment.

The online theory component consist of the following four theory modules: 

  • Personal Survival Techniques 
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats 
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting 
  • Advanced Fire Fighting 

At the end of the modules there is an assessment; the assessment requires a 100% pass mark with unlimited attempts provided.

Please note - the online theory learning and assessment will need to be successfully completed 2 working days prior to attending AMC for the practical components.

Day 1 – Survival Practical Component: 1230-1700

The survival practical component consists of the following activities:

  • Take charge of a survival craft or rescue boat during and after launch
  • Use locating devices including communication and signaling apparatus and pyrotechnics
  • Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment

Day 2 – Fire Practical Component: 0800-1530

The fire practical component consists of the following activities:

  • Fight and extinguish fires
  • Control fire-fighting operations aboard ships
  • Organise and train fire parties
  • Inspect and service fire-detection and fire-extinguishing systems and equipment
  • Investigate and compile reports on incidents involving fire


The following certificate will be issued by AMC to participants who successfully complete* the course:

Sea Survival and Fire Fighting Continued Competence for holders of Certificates of Competency (Master, Deck and Engineer Officers) and Certificate of Proficiency as Chief Integrated Rating (AMSA approved).  Meeting the relevant competencies from:

  • Personal Survival Techniques – STCW Code Table A-VI/1-1
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting – STCW Code Table A-VI/1-2
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats – STCW Code Table A-VI/2-1 
  • Advanced Fire Fighting – STCW Code Table A-VI/3

*100% attendance, full participation in practical exercises and successful completion of all online theory assessments is required.

Approved By

Australian Maritime Safety Authority 

Accepted By 

Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping  |  Bahamas Maritime Authority  |  Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority  |  Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands  |  Marine Department of Hong Kong  |  Liberian Registry  |  Republic of Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator  |  Panama Maritime Authority


  • Duration: Online Training: 5 hours; Day 1: 1230-1700; Day 2: 0800-1530
  • AMSA Approved Course
  • Note:

    AMCS are seeking expressions of interest for course date offerings in Darwin. If interested please email amcs.courses@utas.edu.au or join the waitlist below.

  • Course Options: (including GST)
    2024 Course Dates in Darwin, Expressions of Interest | $0 Join Waitlist
    4-5 June 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620 Join Waitlist
    17-18 June 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    01-02 July 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    15-16 July 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    19-20 August 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    28-29 August 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    25-26 September 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    15-16 October 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    28-29 October 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    13-14 November 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    05-06 December 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620
    12-13 December 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $1,620

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