Frequently Asked Questions

Can I continue working under my AMSA issued Certificate of Competency, Proficiency or Safety Training beyond the expiry date of 31 December 2016?

Yes. Refer to AMSA Marine Notice 20/2016 issued on Friday 16, 2016 and valid from 1st January 2017 as follows:

Extract from AMSA Marine Notice 20/2017 issued 16/12/16 and valid from 1/1/2017:

“Certificates of Competency issued on or after 1 July 2012 shall remain valid for service until 30 June 2017.

Certificates of Proficiency that were valid for service at sea on or before 31 December 2016 shall remain valid for service until 30 June 2017.

Certificates of Safety Training that were valid for service at sea on or before 31 December 2016 shall remain valid for service until 30 June 2017.”

I am not an Officer or Engineer. How and what do I revalidate?

I hold an AMSA issued Certificate of Safety Training and do not hold any higher AMSA issued STCW qualifications. I am a Marine Cook, Steward, GPH or Deckhand (I am not a rating or higher) and my AMSA issued STCW qualifications have never been endorsed with Advanced Fire Training or Proficiency in Survival Craft Other Than Fast Rescue Boats. I completed my Certificate of Safety Training more than 5 years ago. How do I go about revalidation? If your current certificate has no expiry date (is issued as perpetual) then it expires on 31/12/16. Please refer Marine Notice 20/2016 regarding exemptions for seafarers until 30/6/17.

I hold a Certificate of Competence for my work as a Rating or higher. How do I go about revalidation of my qualifications?

If your AMSA issued STCW qualifications include Advanced Fire Training or Proficiency in Survival Craft Other Than Fast Rescue Boats then you must complete refresher training for those qualifications. Maritime Career training does not offer the training required. Please refer to AMSA’s website for details of colleges who do deliver that training.

My Certificate of Safety Training was issued as a Perpetual Certificate. When do I have to revalidate it?


All certificates issued as Perpetual should have been revalidated on or before 31/12/16 in order for holders of these certificates to continue working in the Maritime Industry after 31/12/16. Please refer to AMSA Marine Notice 20/2016 exempting seafarers to continue working under a certificate until 30/6/17 even though the expiry date has been reached.

I completed my Certificate of Safety Training less than 5 years ago but my AMSA issued Certificate of Safety Training shows a validity date of 31/12/16. Can I revalidate without doing further training?

If you have already completed an AMSA approved Security Awareness Training course then you should immediately submit an application to AMSA for revalidation. Your Certificate of Safety Training will be revalidated for a further five years. This does not apply to holders of Certificate of safety Training who completed their training more than five years before the application date to AMSA for revalidation. If Security Awareness Training is not endorsed on your current Certificate of Safety Training then you must complete Security Awareness Training before applying for revalidation. Maritime Career Training offer Security Awareness Training entirely online for a fee of $280.

 What is the difference between “One Day Refresher Training” and “Revalidation Training”?

One Day Refresher Training is a term we have adopted to describe the training required of those holders of Certificate of Safety Training who can prove to AMSA that they have more then 3 months appropriate sea service over the last 6 months or 1 year over the last 5 years. Appropriate sea service involves work on near coastal or ocean going ships, platforms, barges, oil rigs etc. but must include your regular participation in Abandon Ship and Fire Drills. Maritime Career Training offers the One Day Refresher Training for $970 and it is completed in one day (usually a Sunday) at our training centre.

Revalidation Training is a term we use to describe the training needed by people who do not have sufficient appropriate sea service. In this case the training involves the full Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting Course as well as the Personal Survival Techniques Course. At Maritime Career training we offer this over two days practical attendance (usually Saturday and Sunday) plus about 16 hours of pre-course attendance learning online for a cost of $1,395. We strongly recommend this training to any student who has not been working on a SOLAS compliant vessel.

How do I lodge my application to AMSA for revalidation of my Certificate of Safety Training?

Complete AMSA form 419 (download from AMSA’s website) and lodge through an AMSA appointed Australia Post Office with the required attachments and a fee of $112. AMSA quote 28 days to process an application.