Australian Maritime Safety Authority


Marine pilot training

AMSA is the authority responsible for approving training providers and courses.

About Coastal Pilot Training

The training providers listed on this page are approved by AMSA to conduct the indicated courses.

AMSA does not endorse one particular training provider in preference to another.

The Advance Marine Pilots Training (AMPT) course and the Bridge Resource Management (BRM) course are recognised by AMSA as the approved trainee pilot training courses (as pre-requisites for trainee coastal pilot licence applications).

The training organisations approved to conduct the AMPT course are:

Australian Maritime College
Locked Bag 1399, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Phone: 1300 363 864 or +61 3 6324 3775

Marine Consultancy Group
98A Wattle Valley Rd, Camberwell, Victoria 3124
Phone: +61 3 9830 0649 or +61 3 9830 0649

Pivot Maritime International
PO Box 124, Legana, Tasmania 7277
Phone: +61 3 6330 2929

Smartship Australia
Da Vinci 3.03, Boronia Road, Brisbane Airport, Queensland 4009
Phone: +61 7 3358 9300

The list of AMSA-approved training organisations able to conduct the BRM course can be found on the International Seafarers Qualifications page of the AMSA website.

Both the AMPT course and BRM course must be completed before a trainee coastal pilot licence will be issued (subject to all other eligibility requirements).

Trainee Coastal Pilot Induction Training

To become a trainee coastal pilot, a number of eligibility requirements must be met, including the completion of trainee induction training.

The current approved AMPT course and approved BRM course meet the requirements for trainee pilot induction training (when both are successfully completed).

Pilotage providers are also permitted to develop their own ‘in-house’ training course for trainee pilot induction.

Induction training courses must be approved by AMSA prior to implementation.

Successfully completing an approved (in-house) pilotage training course will remove the need to complete the AMPT course as a coastal pilot licence pre-requisite, however, successfully completing the BRM course is still required.

The syllabus for any trainee coastal pilot induction training course must include (at least) the following topics:

  • IMO and legal framework (including coastal pilot specific elements)
  • Navigation Act
  • Marine Order 54 (Coastal pilotage) and other relevant Marine Orders
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act / Regulations (relevant environmental legislation)
  • Customs and quarantine legislation / requirements
  • Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Vessel Traffic Service (REEFVTS)
  • Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Ship Reporting System (REEFREP)
  • Queensland Coastal Passage Plan (QCPP)
  • Pilotage Safety Management Systems (SMS), including:
    • The role of a coastal pilot
    • Master / Pilot Exchange
    • Fatigue Management
    • Incident Reporting
    • Workplace health & safety (including general safety and drug / alcohol policy requirements)
  • general ship handling
  • all components of any trainee coastal pilot induction training course are to focus on those aspects relevant to the conduct of coastal pilotage operations in the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, in accordance with the prevailing regulatory frameworks. Induction training courses approved by AMSA are subject to training course audits in accordance with the provisions specified in MO54.

Online Learning

AMSA also requires trainee coastal pilots to complete other courses (online) to qualify for a restricted coastal pilot licence.

The online courses, including AMSA’s Under Keel Clearance Management (UKCM) system familiarisation course and fatigue management training course, are available via AMSA’s online Learning Centre.

The Learning Centre also provides access to other learning opportunities and professional development courses.

Restricted Coastal Pilot Licence Training

To obtain a restricted coastal pilot licence for a coastal pilotage licence area, a number of eligibility requirements must be met.
These requirements include (among others):

  • completing the required number of transits for a coastal pilotage licence area
  • the successful completion of written examinations administered by AMSA.

Trainee coastal pilots are also required to complete the Queensland coastal pilotage training workbook in order to progress to a ‘restricted’ coastal pilot licence.

The Queensland coastal pilotage training workbook (and accompanying study guide) are designed to document a trainee coastal pilot’s local area knowledge regarding coastal pilotage areas and specific routes.

The workbook also records a trainee’s competence in piloting a vessel through a given coastal pilotage licence area.

Pilotage providers are also permitted to develop their own ‘in-house’ training course for trainee pilot progression to a restricted coastal pilot licence.

Please contact AMSA’s Principal Pilotage Officer (PPO) for details about the minimum syllabus requirements for inclusion in a restricted pilot licence training course, or refer to the ‘Coastal Pilot Training Workshop Report – 19 June 2012’ (available from AMSA's PPO on request).

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