This course is done via correspondence and on your work site, utilising your equipment and on your vessel – or one of ours at our location.

The Coxswain Grade 1 is all 12 of the below units. The first 8 units are the Coxswain Grade 2 and then add 4 more units (plus First Aid and VHF radio Licence) to get the Coxswain Grade 1;

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

MARB027 – Servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARC038 – Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARF030 – Survive at sea using survival craft
MARH013 – Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres

+First Aid HLTAID003 is an AMSA requirement – so you need to get this at another Training Organisation that specialises in this before you can get your Coxswain Grade 1 (you can get it after starting our course, but you must have the First Aid by the time you come to us for the final certificate).

+VHF Radio Licence is also needed before you can get your Coxswain Grade 1, and you can do this with us, either before, during or after you do the Coxswain Units. Tick this in the booking form to add it, if you don’t already have it. You cannot receive your Coxswain Grade 1 Certification until you get it.


Theory part is Correspondence and online Study at Home. You can take up to 6 months if you need, average students take about 4 weeks, plus 1 -2 days Exams and Practical.


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Easy to customise also, to add or remove items you want, or don’t want or don’t need. Useful if you have done some units elsewhere.


There is no Oral assessment any more, this has been replaced by an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) which is done by us if you want. Our senior Authorised Assessor can do the AMPA and can also give you an Interim Certificate on the spot which will allow you to get to work immediately if you pass. These are separate to the course and can be booked at the time you book your course, or booked and paid for at the end, or you can even do it at another place such as TAFE etc. You choose.
Cost is on the enrolment page.

Sea Time assessment, and processing all your paperwork plus final certificate costs are determined by AMSA. When you take the documents to the Australia Post, they charge as per this AMSA costs page. CLICK THIS to see AMSA costs.


CLICK THIS to see the AMSA website info about Coxswain Grade 1. You need to research AMSA website info in order to ensure that what you are doing it right for your operations, vessel, location etc.


You will need internet access, your own copy (digital or hard copy) of Australian Boaters Manual, plus a Commercial vessel for the practical.

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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.