Australian Maritime Safety Authority

International certification

The following information will tell you how to become a certified seafarer working in Australia and around the world.

To obtain an Australian marine qualification from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) , seafarers must have completed the appropriate sea service, completed an approved course of study for the appropriate level of qualification, passed an AMSA oral examination and be medically fit.

Fact sheet summary

The fact sheet summary is a list of all the fact sheets that have information about seafarer qualifications and can be downloaded individually. They include:

  • sea service
  • certificates and licences
  • recognition of service
  • training
  • certifications

Seafarers are now required to demonstrate continued training by doing refresher training for a range of certificates.

AMSA's approach to STCW Convention amendments due to take effect 1 January 2017

In accordance with IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1560 paragraph 5, AMSA has instructed its port State inspectors to take a practical and pragmatic approach to the exercise of control with respect to STCW seafarer documentation where that documentation complies with the requirements in place immediately before 1 January 2017.

For more information see: Marine Notice 2016/20


The training information includes approved seafarer training courses, Australian registered training organisations and information about STCW and non-STCW short courses.

There is also information for people holding overseas qualifications as Master, Deck Officer or Engineer Officer wishing to migrate to Australia.

The specific requirements to gain an Australian Certificate of Competency, Proficiency or Safety Training, an Endorsement, a Certificate of Recognition or revalidation certificate are in the Navigation Act 2012 and the Marine Orders 70 to 73.

Please note: For seafarer certificates to operate within Australian waters only, please visit the Domestic section of the AMSA website.

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