Next course WA 10th June QLD July
What can you do with a Coxswains?
  • operate a vessel less than 12 metres 
  • with unlimited outboard engines
  • or inboard engines less than 500 kilowatts
  • in inshore waters
  • or on a tender within 3 nm of a mothership within the EEZ (200nm)

You need to

  • be at least 16 on the certificate issue date
  • Self declare medical fitness
  • Get an eyesight test
  • Have 30 days seatime with a taskbook or 240 without
  • Have Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Have a current First Aid certificate
  • Complete a short range radio course
  • Take part in an AMPA assessment

2019 Task books by AMSA are $30 and allow a significant reduction in time but require dedication and planning to complete. They are used to record your onboard completion of jobs to the correct standard. Check out Taskbook guide

You can complete the course before completing your taskbook

Your short on free time, so our course is compact with busy days = less time away from work. 

Shipboard Safety, First Aid and Radio (Short range)  are separate as many students can already have these, They are extra cost. We offer them every month, so check out the other course pages. Shipboard Safety is required for the course.  

We do a language, literacy and numeracy (and experience) assessment at enrollment. Its a Government requirement to check if you need assistance. We have access to the ‘See programme” to assist if needed. Theres also the reading, writing hotline 1300655506

If not doing a task book a full sea time assessment is completed on enrollment to assess current experience and abilities.

Check your medical condition as a self declaration medical statement and eyesight examination (Optometrist) are required (The eyesight test can be bulk billed)

Equipment is required including a 252 chart, dividers, parallel ruler and chart work equipment.  taskbooks

Held at unit 14 of 121 Business Centre Cannonvale or Henderson Perth

  • Other places do correspondence but there’s a low completion rate. 3 weeks Face to Face like we offer works best. QUEENSLAND ONLY RATES Its $1198 with funding*. $99 is required as booking deposit, non refundable. The remaining course payment of $1099 is required on commencement. There are payment plans available. 
  • you may be entitled to Certificate 3 Guarantee funding from the Queensland State Government to keep this price. Let us know if you have previously completed a Cert 3 course or are enrolled in one. We apply for this funding for this course. This funding is available for the coxswain, a certificate 2 as its a pathway to the certificate 3.
  • There’s an assignment or exam for each subject. Look at the list of subjects as each student is required to keep track of their own studies and progress.
  • A lot of research and study is required from each student before attending the block course as this is a time to consolidate knowledge already being gained and work as a team to close any gaps in skills and knowledge.
  • The course is very practical with on water navigation exercises and attendance at a slipway and engineering workshop
  •  On the last Friday we complete an on water practical voyage around several islands completing a night return and all the required drills. If you are deemed not meeting the assessment criteria you will need to obtain either more practical experience or theory knowledge which could take extra time. There is no guarantee of being deemed competent or receiving a certificate after 3 weeks
  • Grab a copy of Gandy’s Australian Boating manual and look through it in detail.abm

There’s 7+ assignments and 3 exams and we give you a student planner to track what you need to know and where your up to.

Coxswain course info sheet  and  Coxswain AMSA info





  1. Check sea time and licence requirements in the guidance notes
  2. Have a phone interview. Complete an experience assessment and language literacy assessment.
  3. Get a taskbook from us if necessary.
  4. Enroll and pay the deposit or work out a payment plan
  5. Get the login and password
  6. Get the study guide.
  7. Get the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy (pictured) we sell itabm
  8. Attend a full time face to face block course
  9. Ensure you have marine radio (short range for coxswain, long range for master < 24), First Aid and Shipboard Safety (additional charge)
  10. Complete an assignment or Assessment for each unit
  11. Complete the on water practical assessment and AMPA assessment (seperate cost)
  12. Obtain an eye sight test from a Doctor or Optometrist and complete the medical declaration eye-sight-test-certificate self-declaration-medical
  13. Submit an application to AMSA via Australia Post office and pay $151 fee.


Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 m
Comply with regulations vessel up to 12 metres
Follow environmental work practices
Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 m
Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
Operate inboard and outboard motors
Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems

Record of Sea Service Form



Qualifying Sea Service

*What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

For an overview of what the Certificate 3 Guarantee means for students, view the Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet Certificate Guarantee Information Sheet

Are you eligible to participate?

The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency. Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).

Students must be assessed as disadvantaged learners, who are not ready to complete a Certificate 3 course.