Coxswain Grade 2

The Coxswain Grade 2 is 8 units of the 13 units needed to get a FULL Coxswain, so it is almost a full Coxswain. Just add ESS (you can get credit for this if you have it already), Chartwork and some Engineering, First Aid and VHF radio licence (plus some more sea time) to upgrade to Grade 1. Your can get credit for studying the first 3 units as part of Exemption 38, or if you did the Restricted coxswains with us, however you still have to do the full assessment.

MARN008 – Seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
MARK007 – Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARI003 – Comply with regulations … a vessel up to 12 metres

MARJ006 – Environmental work practices
MARF028 – Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires
MARF029 – Meet work Health and Safety requirements
MARC037 – Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARF027 – Survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

Courses are held every day – we try to fit in with you, 7 days a week, all around Australia (see the video on the home page).

HOW IT WORKS

You do a Correspondence Course to cover the Theory and a little of the Practical (ropes, knots, splicing, whipping). You must be able to access the internet and must be able to work by yourself, finding things online, researching etc. We tell you everything, tell you which video to watch, which chapter to read, then you need to answer questions in the workbook we provide. It is NOT an academic course, it is made by boat crews, for boat crews and is based on reality, but meets compliance specifications of regulators. The Australian Boating Manual (Dick Gandy) is also needed, which you can get as a digital or hard copy. Digital is good because you can easily search for the information needed to answer questions in the Correspondence Course. Some people prefer a hard copy. Either way, you need to get one for yourself. We send you a boxed Kit that includes many videos, many downloads and almost everything that you need, other than some items that you must find online.

TIME

Technically it is a ‘290 nominal hours’ course. Most places that do classroom type theory courses make it a 10 day course, but we do not do that.
We allow you the flexibility to do it as fast or as slow as you need, you get up to 6 months to do it. If  you are an experienced boater, you can do it as fast as you want. It is self paced study, so no time is wasted learning the theory knowledge if you are one of our students that already know boats. If you need more time to go over it again and again, you can do that. Or you can do it all fairly quickly – do it at your own speed, as fast or as slow as you want. If you already know all the theory and can prove it by filling in the workbooks, you can do it in a week if you want. The final AMPA exam is the same assessment for everyone, so whether you have a lifetime of knowledge or done a few weeks in a classroom, or spent 6 months doing our course – everyone must pass the same final theory and practical assessment. Thats the flexibility industry needs.

STEPS

Enrol and pay using the green BOOK NOW button (top left)
A boxed kit will be mailed to you within 1-2 working days, or you can even collect it after hours from Coogee, WA.

First you read the Kit Study Notes, watch the videos and answer the questions in the written workbooks in the Kit (30 hours approx is what many say it takes them, however it is technically a lot more for some people).
Next you then study the theory (for as long as you need to know it well). We give you practice tests before the end.
Every thing you need to know by the end is what you are ‘supposed to’ do on a commercial vessel, so it is all REAL life learning with a purpose.

Once you have done the Theory, written the answers to all the questions we send you, and studied what we tell you to study, you meet the trainer/assessor at an agreed location.

When you meet with the trainer / assessor your Theory written work is checked and discussed, and you must pass a Theory written closed book test. Then you get in the boat (your boat if you have a boat over 5m with all the relevant items) and do all the practical training, as well as practical assessment.

WE WALK YOU THROUGH IT ALL, BUT YOU MUST BE COMPETENT IN WWW AND SELF DISCIPLINED ENOUGH TO DO SELF PACED STUDY.

AMSA (Govt) COST

You also need to pass the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) which is what has replaced the Orals. We do that now.

When you have passed our final exam you get a Certificate from us, when you pass the AMPA and if you have the correct Eyesight forms, Medical forms and Sea Time forms all filled in (we give them to you in the Kit) then our AMSA Authorized Final Assessor can give you an Interim Certificate which means you can immediately start work on a commercial boat, right then !

You then need to take all the paperwork to one of the Australia Post offices (see AMSA website for details) and pay for their process (in 2018 this is $151, but check it as it may have changed).

The INTERIM certificate you can get from us lets you get working immediately.

WHERE

We operate 7 days a week, on worksites all around Australia. Our calendar changes all the time, so we should be able to find a date for you. We work with FIFO all the time. We have vessels available at Woodman Point / Jervoise Bay, plus we also send trainers everywhere in Australia (you just arrange and pay for transport and accommodation of a trainer to come to you – we don’t charge extra for on site assessments, no matter where they are).

VESSEL for Practical

This can ONLY be done on a legal commercial vessel. There are commercial vessels available to hire in Fremantle if a student does not have access to their own surveyed vessel. Vessell hire is generally $600 per day, however for students we keep the max cost per student to $250 each for up to 1 day. If your own vessel is illegal or unregistered etc, it cannot be used. It must be absolutely compliant with the newest AMSA regulations. ie Certificate of Operation, SMS etc.

AMSA (Govt) INFO

1. EYESIGHT and MEDICAL

Download the:

1. Eyesight test certificate

The Eyesight test certificate form 542 lets us know that your eyesight meets the necessary standard for working at sea.

If you are colour blind, you will be restricted to working in daylight hours only.

2. Guidelines for the medical assessment of near coastal seafarers.

Provide the medical practitioner with the Guidelines for the medical assessment of near coastal seafarers.

If you have a current AMSA medical (Certificate of medical fitness form 303) you can use this in place of the Eyesight test certificate.

You must submit your completed form as part of your Certificate of competency application form 426.

Within the Certificate of competency application there is a declaration of medical fitness that you must complete. This lets us know that you are medically fit to work at sea.

2. SEA SERVICE

You need to show you have experience working at sea on board commercial or recreational vessels. You must have completed either:

  • 7 days with a completed approved task book
  • 60 days without a task book.

You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the five years before the application.

If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.

You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:

  • Record of sea service form 771
  • an approved sea service log book
  • the on board sea service record from your task book
  • a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service.

Read more about qualifying sea service.

If you want a task book

You can get a Coxswain grade 2 task book from us or from some registered training organisations. To order a task book directly from us, use the AMSA chargeable publications order form.

Read more about task books.

3. RTO CERTIFICATE

Complete a coxswain grade 2 course at a registered training organisation.

You will need to submit your course completion certificate or your interim certificate of competency with your Certificate of competency application form 426.

4. AMSA FINAL ASSESSMENT

Before being issued your certificate of competency you are required to complete an AMSA mandated practical assessment conducted by a registered training organisation approved by us as a final assessor. Refer to the syllabus document to find out what may be included in your final assessment.

On successful completion of the final assessment the registered training organisation may give you an interim certificate of competency that will allow you to start working immediately. To be eligible for the interim certificate of competency you must have completed your Certificate of competency application form 426 including signing the declaration.

You must submit the cover page of your completed AMSA mandated practical assessment as part of your Certificate of competency application.

5. SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO AMSA

Download and complete a Certificate of competency application form 426.

You need to complete all sections of the form. You must:

  • respond yes or no to all questions and statements in the application form
  • complete all boxes (if the information requested is unknown or not applicable insert N/A)
  • attach copies of all required documents
  • sign the declaration
  • submit your application and pay a fee at an AMSA-contracted Australia post outlet
  • provide proof of identity when you lodge your application.

Read more about completing and submitting your application for a domestic certificate.

 

Colour blindness is a problem for some people

You should check colour vision here and also here

Other items you may need include:

We provide everything you need in the Correspondence Pack that you receive when you book.

AMSA Paperwork – we will work with you to make sure you get to finish, by assisting you and guiding you through the AMSA online certification process. Assisting you with Eyesight, Medical, and Sea Time assessment information.

COSTS

CLICK THIS to SEE the cost customised to your needs.

Because so many students have different requirements we let you customise your order. You can add or remove items so you get the BEST CHEAPEST price possible.

You will also need to pay ±$90 Australian Boaters Manual (you can get this yourself at a book shop, or order online) but many of our clients already have this, so we reduce our course cost by not including this, so you can get it yourself or borrow one or some people even use one from a library.

External Commercial Vessel hire if needed (vessel hire costs $600 per day, however our students pay $250 each maximum for the day. If you want to be trained and assessed on your own vessel, it must be legal Commercially registered.

We can come to you – anywhere in Australia (you just organise and pay for travel and accomodation costs). GST is included if the cost does not say ‘plus GST’.

Other costs that you dont pay to Perth Boat School will be the;

Eyesight tests and Govt fees, which change from time to time. (CLICK this to see AMSA website COSTS page).

Australian Boat School abilities

Fine Print: we are not responsible for keeping an eye on AMSA, we do what we can, but part of your responsibility is to check with AMSA as they change. We provide the proper Nationally Accredited course. We will assist, but we aren’t your mum, so you need to check whether the course and the Certification and Qualification is what you need for the job you are doing.