STCW refresher training

AMC Search offers Australia's best value and most extensive STCW refresher training.

Australia's most extensive STCW refresher program and AMSA Six Month Extension to Certificates

In order to meet demand and suit individuals' schedules, AMC Search is offering monthly refresher courses for the remainder of 2020.

However, if you are unable to attend training due to the COVID-19 pandemic and border restrictions AMSA are are using provisions contained within Marine Order 70 section 15 to extend seafarer certificates. The arrangement that applies to a specific certificate is dependent on the expiry date of that certificate:

  • holders of seafarer certificates that expired between 26 March and 31 July 2020 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force for a period of 12 months from the expiry date of the certificate; and
  • holders of seafarer certificates that expire between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force until 31 July 2021.

There is no requirement for a vessel owner, operator or seafarer to make application to AMSA for the above measures to apply.

Please visit the AMSA website for instructions on how to apply for an extension.

For up-to-date information about Tasmania's border controls please visit the Tasmanian Government website.

World-class facilities

Our world-class facilities are within two hours of 70% of the Australian population.

Designated indoor survival training pool

In Launceston, the survival aspects of our training are carried out in our designated, indoor survival training pool.

The survival pool includes a mock-up of a ship’s superstructure, which is complete with life raft launching facilities, and the ability to be blacked out for simulated night exercises and to create water turbulence, rain, wind noise and simulated storm effects.

Real Fire Fighting

Unlike the vast majority of maritime training providers, we have access to our own firefighting training ground for the firefighting component of all refresher training.

The firefighting ground is equipped with a wide range of modern firefighting equipment. It includes specialised areas for fighting liquid and gas fires, fires in helicopters, as well as fires within a ship superstructure using self-contained breathing apparatus.

All our courses in Launceston spend at least a full day firefighting. Many providers offer simulated firefighting training, but in our experience there’s nothing like getting hands-on at the centre to really update your skills.

TT-Line STCW Refresher testimonial

Ferry company TT-Line, T/A Spirit of Tasmania, are long-term clients of AMC Search. Marine Manager Malcolm Merry shares their experience using our STCW Refresher training services in this video.


Excellent Instruction

We’ve been providing maritime training for over 30 years – and our experience shows. The vast majority of our instructors have extensive seafaring backgrounds, and 98% of the students surveyed reported they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the teaching.

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I live in Western Australia however have always travelled to AMC Search to revalidate my Certificate of Competency due to the professionalism of the AMC Search team, the course material and the lecturers' relevant knowledge of all the subjects. The accommodation and the on-campus eating venue are convenient and well-staffed and the simulator centre is excellent. Thank you AMC Search.

Kim Cleggett, Director, International Maritime Services Pty Ltd

World-class simulation time

If you’re revalidating a Master or Deck Officer Certificate of Competency, you’ll spend time in our world-class simulation centre, using six ship operations cubicles and an 18-seat electronic chart display lab to practice high speed craft operations, collision avoidance and more.

Centre for Maritime Simulation

On Campus Accommodation

Students training at our base in Launceston can avail of affordable on campus accommodation at $95 a night. A cafeteria offering hot food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is just meters away.

Norfolk Hall

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