Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal

Coxswain Grade 3

If you have a passion for driving boats, why not get paid for it? The marine industry needs competent crew to transport guests and cargo and to provide services, labour and contracts on the waterfront and on the coast.

There are several options to obtaining your Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate. East Coast Marine Training offers eligibility through either:

To organise eligibility for Coxswain Grade 3 through recreational boat licencing, please contact the recreational boat licence location closest to you.

Please see below information below regarding information on the Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate of Coxswain Grade 3 course.

*Please note that Coxswain Grade 3 is a replacement for Exemption 38.
For those who have completed the Exemption 38 course prior to 1 January 2023, your competence is still valid and you can continue to operate using your existing Exemption 38. You can also apply for a Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate of Competency with your Exemption 38 paperwork, but this is optional.

This qualification is suitable for people who work, or want to work as a Coxswain Grade 3 Near Coastal in the maritime industry and:

  • command, and operate the engines of a vessel <12 m long:
    • (a) carrying no more than 6 persons including crew and master unless the vessel is a tender mentioned in paragraph (d); and
    • (b) if the vessel is carrying passengers — only in daylight hours; and
    • (c) with propulsion power:
      • (i) for an inboard engine — <100 kW; or
      • (ii) for an outboard engine — <250 kW;
    • (d) if the vessel is a tender that has a parent vessel in the EEZ and the tender is capable of communicating with the parent vessel:
      • (i) within 3 n mile of the parent vessel for a person who satisfies eligibility requirement (c) or (e) under Coxswain Grade 3 NC in Schedule 3; and
      • (ii) within 1 n mile of the parent vessel for a person not mentioned in subparagraph (i); and
      • (iii) in line of sight of the parent vessel; and
    • (e) if the vessel is not mentioned in paragraph (d) — in any of the following:
      • (i) a marina;
      • (ii) a mooring area in sight and communication of a marina;
      • (iii) inland waters;
      • (iv) smooth waters;
      • (v) waters within 1 n mile of shore;
      • (vi) waters:
        • of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory; or
        • approved by a State or Territory for daily transit to and from an aquaculture lease; or
        • within 1 n mile of a State or Territory approved aquaculture lease;
      • (vii) waters within 250 m of a structure fixed to the shore.
  • command and operate the engines of a vessel < 12 m long:
    • that is used only for towing people; and
    • with propulsion power for an inboard or outboard engine of < 500 kW; and
    • in waters approved as a water ski area by a State or Territory authority; and
    • in daylight hours only.   
    • All courses are intense and of short duration to provide time and cost benefits to the students.

      • $890
      • CoC lodgement is an additional fee
      • Course duration is 1 day of face-to-face training and assessment with mandatory pre-study and assessment to be conducted online
      • The course runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day

      Fee Payment

      Course fees are due to be paid in full on course commencement. You will be invoiced upon enrolment.

      You can pay by credit card, cash or by electronic funds transfer. Instalment payment plans are available upon application.

      Please complete our online commercial course enrolment form. After receiving your enrolment, we will then email you a booking confirmation.

      Please review the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill requirements for our courses. We will issue you with a LLN test that must be completed prior to course commencement. This test will reveal if you require any extra support through your training and a training plan will be drawn up for you. Please feel free to contact us if you feel you may need extra support.

      If you need to cancel your course due to an emergency or work, be assured your course enrolment can be transferred to another date, course or person within a 12 month period or, you can apply for a refund in extenuating circumstances.


      Australian Drivers Licence, current passport or birth certificate, Unique Student Identifier (USI)

      RPL (if applying):

      Academic transcripts of previous qualifications, CV, letters from employers

      Electronic Device:

      Electronic device capable of doing assessments online e.g. phone, tablet or laptop


      Work or casual clothes for both theory and practical days


      Deck shoes, joggers, sandshoes or work boots (no thongs)

      • The definitive reference book for the Maritime industry and professional crew is the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy. This is the course text and your course fees include access to it.
      • A study regime during the course is required.
      • To receive the statement of attainment you must demonstrate competency in all units and meet all course requirements.

      • Applying for a Coxswain Grade 3 NC Certificate of Competency is optional. However, if you do not obtain a Certificate of Competency, you will need to keep evidence of your eligibility for Coxswain Grade 3 certificate on board any vessel of which you carry out duties of a Coxswain Grade 3.

        To be eligible for a Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate of Competency you must:

        • Have completed the Coxswain Grade 3 course (or other eligible criteria)
        • hold a current Certificate of Medical Fitness Domestic Seafarers that shows the you meet the Standards for the medical examination of domestic seafarers; and
        • have a current first aid certificate equivalent to at least HLTAID011 Provide first aid (unless operating only in a marina or mooring area with alternative first aid arrangements); and
        • be at least 16 years old.
        • Sea service is only required if you wish to apply for Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate of Competency through holding a state issued recreational licence instead of completing the Coxswain Grade 3 course (or other eligible crite

          The Coxswain Grade 3 certificate is made up of 3 units of competency:
          • MARI003
            Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
          • MARK007
            Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
          • MARN008
            Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

          All of our assessments are conducted through online software in class.

          • Credit Transfers (CT) are granted if you have successfully completed a course that contains the same units as the East Coast Marine Training course you've enrolled in. You may apply for a CT by providing evidence in the form of a transcript and if CT is granted, you may be exempted from some or all of the coursework.
          • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on your work history, sea time and previous studies. You may apply for RPL if you can provide sufficient evidence with a minimum currency of 5 years. An assessor will make a judgement on the evidence provided and if RPL is granted, you may be exempted from some or all of the coursework. A competency conversation interview may be required as part of your portfolio of evidence.
          • Signing your enrolment form acknowledges your understanding of your rights, obligations and acceptance of East Coast Marine Training's terms and conditions. East Coast Marine Training course costs, timetable, course content, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice. You are required to read the detailed terms and conditions information on our website.

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