Coxswain NC2 Certificate of Competency

In accordance with the National Law 2012 and the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D (Crew Competencies), there are 2 grades of Coxswain Certificates of Competency and Exemption 38. These grades are known as Coxswain NC2 and Coxswain NC1.  (NC = Near Coastal – NC2 is the lower grade and NC1 the higher grade).

Coxswain NC2 Certificate of Competency

Command and operate engines of a vessel less than 12 metres not carrying passengers in sheltered waters.

This certificate will allow you to:

  • Command and operate the engines of a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts.
    • In sheltered waters or within 5 nautical miles from point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease.
    • As a tender or auxiliary vessel operating within 3 nautical miles of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone.

If you have a Coxswain grade 2 near coastal certificate, you are not allowed to operate a vessel carrying passengers unless you are endorsed to do so.


Knowledge required to be a Coxswain in command of a Domestic Commercial Vessel

The areas of knowledge required of a Coxswain include:

  • Vessel Survey Categories and areas of operation
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Manoeuvering a vessel
  • Anchoring
  • Fight & Extinguish Fires
  • Survival at Sea
  • Splicing, Knots, Hitches and Seamanship Skills
  • Marine Radio operation
  • Basic Meteorology and Tidal knowledge
  • Basic Vessel Stability
  • International Collision Regulations including IALA Buoyage systems
  • Operating Deck Equipment (Lifting Gear and Anchor winches)
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Knowledge of Marine Engines

Coxswain course initial enrolment

How to enrol in a Coxswain Course

What do I need to do to obtain a Coxswain’s Ticket?

This is probably one of the most common questions we receive. If you found us on the internet then you most likely have that ability to use a computer. That being the case obtaining your Coxswain’s Ticket is an easy 5 step process.

  1. Complete the Coxswain course initial enrolment and complete online activities and assignments based of the level of knowledge required for the Coxswain certificate that is being applied for. (including the Marine Radio and Coastal navigation components if required). We estimate this component will take approximately 30-35 hours of self study for NC1 and NC2 and approximately 15 hours for EX38. This stage can be completed anywhere online. (We currently have students studying overseas)
  2. Complete a pre course project based on what you have learnt from the online assignments. We estimate this can be completed in aproximately 5 hours.
  3. Complete a final course written assessment – 1 and 1/2 hours allowed
  4. Attend the Coxswain 2 day practical training and assessment for Fire, Survival, Boat Handling and Seamanship activities. On successful completion receive your course certificate and AMPA – (AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment)
  5. On successful completion of the Coxswain course submit your application to AMSA. Providing evidence of sea service (this can include up to 100% of recreational boating experience). Sea service (boating experience) can be stated in a letter format (click here for a sample template) or on a Statutory Declaration and accompanied by AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service.    Submit your application (including your 1st Aid Certificate if required)

Our courses are designed for candidates who wish to complete the course in a reasonable time frame suited to individual work and personal situations rather than taking months of part time college attendance. We use the internet for initial training and in addition we have our own training vessel, in commercial 2C survey for up to 30 nautical miles to sea, and therefore we conduct the Coxswain Course in 2 parts:

  1. The Initial Enrolment – this involves downloading training resources and completing a number of online assignments. The hours of study can vary and is dependent on your current individual level of knowledge of the maritime environment. No face to face attendance is required at this time however our trainers are available 7 days a week for assistance and questions. 
  2. The Final Practical Session (Practical Sessions are held every month all year round). The 2 practical training days are Friday, Saturday each month and are currently designed to maximise social distancing on board the vessel as well as to minimise the time required to be away from home or work. If you have already completed the Fire, Survival, W H &S, and Seamanship (Anchoring, Splicing, Knots, Hitches etc) components from the General Purpose Hand (GPH) course then the practical course may be reduced by 1 day. 

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Coxswain course initial enrolment

Sea Time – Boating Experience

Prior to submitting a Coxswain application to AMSA candidates need to provide evidence of boating experience. This CAN include 100% of recreational and yachting boating experience and will be assessed on an individual basis depending on where the experience was obtained and on what size and type of vessel.

For a Coxswain NC2 certificate sixty (60) days of boating experience is required (this can be 100% recreational boat experience) however this can be reduced to seven (7) days (approx. 52.5 hrs) of boating experience with a completed AMSA task book. If you require a Coxswain NC2 Task book please Click Here  Sea Service can be recorded on AMSA Form 771 Record of Sea Service.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and

Recognition ofCurrent Competencies (RCC)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and

Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC)

If you have prior commercial boating experience or certificates/qualifications you may be eligible for a reduction in costs and/or training. To download an application form please Click Here or Complete our Skills Recognition Form. To download the form please Click Here

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