Marine Engine Driver Grade 2, Engineering Certificate of Competency
- What your certificate will qualify you for
- Sea service
- ROPES books
- The paperwork and payment
To be eligible for this Certificate of Competency you must be at least 18 years old.
What your Certificate of Competency will qualify you for
With a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Certificate of Competency, you are qualified as Chief Engineer on vessels with engine power less than:
- 750 kilowatts for offshore operations within 200 nautical miles from the coast
- 500 kilowatts for Australian Coastal and Middle Waters within 600 nautical miles of the coast
You can also act as the First Engineer on vessels with engine power less than 1000 kilowatts for offshore operations within 200 nautical miles
You must provide us with evidence of sea service which will differ if you have an approved qualification or not.
- With no approved trade qualification applicants must have a minimum of 12 months (240 days) approved service on vessels of not less than 150kW (approx. 200hp) propulsion power.
- With an approved trade qualification applicants must have a minimum of 3 months (60 days) approved service on vessels not less than 150kW (approx. 200hp) propulsion power.
Approved trade qualifications are:
- Marine Fitter
- Diesel Mechanic
- Motor Mechanic
Applicants with a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 certificate must have a minimum of 6 months (120 days) approved sea service on vessels of not less than 150kW (approx. 200hp) propulsion power.
You need to provide us with evidence of this sea service which can be in the form of one of the following:
- Record of Service book signed by the Master or owner of the vessel.
- Testimonial from the Master or owner of the vessel(s) on which the service took place on company letterhead.
- Statutory Declaration with all required above details.
- Evidence in any format above must clearly show the actual number of days served at sea, duties performed, vessel name/survey number, vessel length, propulsion power, operational areas and commencement and completion dates of service. Any gaps (e.g. Sick Leave, Annual Leave) should be indicated.
For a full Marine Engine Driver 2 Certificate of Competency only, sea service may be reduced by up to 50% on completion of a Record of Practical Experience and Sea-Service (ROPES) Book.
Only engineering related activities can be counted towards your sea service, any deck related activities will not be counted.
The national Record of Practical Experience and Sea-Service (ROPES) book has been designed to allow you to gain relevant workplace experience and to record the details of your sea-service in a format that can then be submitted to any marine authority for assessment.
ROPES books can be purchased from the Commercial Marine Qualifications office for a fee.
If this is the first time that you are applying for a Certificate of Competency you will need to complete 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 providers 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 Commercial Marine Qualifications with evidence of:
- Certificate in Elements of Shipboard Safety or Occupational Health & Safety at Sea.
- Current Senior First Aid Certificate. Expired certificates will not accepted.
Certificates are issued for 5 years and can be renewed at any time in the 12 months before it expires or at any time after it has expired.
You need to pay the appropriate fee, complete the forms on the forms page.