Engineer Class 3 Engineering Certificate of Competency
- What your certificate will qualify you for
- Sea service
- The paperwork and payment
- What you need for revalidation
To be eligible for this Certificate of Competency you must be at least 20 years old.
Your certificate will expire after 5 years. It is up to you to revalidate it.
What your certificate will qualify you for
With an Engineer Class 3 Certificate of Competency, you are qualified to take charge of machinery, including engines, as Chief Engineer on vessels between 750 kilowatts and 1500 kilowatts in Australian Coastal and Middle Waters within 600 nautical miles of the coast.
You must provide the Commercial Marine Qualifications office with evidence of sea service, which will differ if you have an approved trade qualification or not.
With Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Certificate of Competency applicants must have a minimum of 18 months (360 days) approved service on vessels of not less than 400kW (approx. 540hp) propulsion power since obtaining the Certificate of Competency.
With an approved trade qualification applicants must have a minimum of 12 months (240 days) approved service on vessels not less than 400kW (approx. 540hp) propulsion power.
Approved trade qualifications are:
- Marine Fitter.
- Diesel Mechanic.
Some trades under the Australian Quality Framework have content which is also part of our approved trades. If your trade has a large amount of the content found in the approved trades we will assess it on its merits.
You need to provide the Commercial Marine Qualifications office with evidence of this sea service, which can be in the form of one of the following:
- A Record of Service book signed by the Master or owner of the vessel.
- A testimonial from the Master or owner of the vessel(s) on which the service took place.
Only engineering related activities can be counted towards your sea service, any deck related activities will not be counted.
If this is the first time that you are applying for a Certificate of Competency you will need to submit the forms on the forms page.
You can pay on line, in person or you can mail your payment, if paying by mail please do not send cash.
To obtain this certificate you need to undertake a training course or provide evidence of training, you will need to contact the training provider to obtain course details. Remember that passing a course of study is only part of the process.
Before we issue you with a certificate you will need to do the following training and provide the Commercial Marine Qualifications office with evidence of:
- Certificate in Elements of Shipboard Safety or Occupational Health and Safety at Sea.
- Current Senior First Aid Certificate we will not accept expired certificates.
Certificates are issued for 5 years and can be revalidated at any time in the 12 months before it expires or at any time after it has expired.
You will need to pay the appropriate fee and complete the forms on the forms page.
You also need to provide sea service, go to the revalidation page for details.