Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal

MAR20321: Certificate II in Maritime Operations

Course Overview

This qualification is offered by AMFA to people who are employed or seeking employment in the seafood or maritime industries to command a commercial marine vessel:

  • Up to 12 metres in length

  • With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500kW for an inboard engine

Carry passengers on this vessel:

  • Inshore or

  • As a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

This qualification is part of the regulatory requirements to obtain a Coxswain Grade 1 NC Certificate of Competency (CoC).  For other regulatory requirements relating to the Coxswain Grade 1 NC CoC, please visit the AMSA website:

Course Duration & Fees:

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

Upon successful completion of this qualification you will receive a MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) and a Statement of Attainment listing the appropriate units of competency from AMFA.

Understanding Coxswain Grade 1

The Coxswain Grade 1 course (Certificate II in Maritime Operations) stands as a testament to your competency in commanding and operating vessels within Australia’s inshore and designated waters. This certification is tailor-made for individuals seeking to take charge of vessels under 12 meters.

With Coxswain Grade 1, you gain the authority to handle commercial marine vessels up to 12 metres in length and with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500kW for an inboard engine.

Additional Notes

By meeting eligibility criteria, embracing the syllabus, and adhering to marine orders, you will become a capable and responsible vessel operator by completing this course.

Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal unlocks endless opportunities on the waters for both those pursuing a maritime career and individuals striving to enhance their skills.

Eligibility Criteria

To embark on the journey toward obtaining a Certificate II in Maritime Operations certificate, you must meet several eligibility requirements. These include:

Age Requirement: You must meet the minimum age criteria set by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

English Proficiency: Demonstrating a proficient level of English is crucial to effectively communicate and navigate in the maritime environment.

Medical Fitness: Ensuring that you are in good health to perform your duties safely at sea is a fundamental requirement.

Sea Service: Accumulating a specified amount of sea service is essential to prove your practical experience on the waters.

Training Completion: Successful completion of the required training, in accordance with the provided syllabus, is a mandatory step.

Course Testimonials

I decided to undertake the Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal course with Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy (AMFA) as it was advertised through my school. I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about how to work and operate a vessel. I found AMFA to be a welcoming facility and environment, where I was able to learn and grow in my skills to gain my Coxswains Grade 1 Near Coastal qualification.

AMFA provided me with the opportunity to meet other people completing the same course, who are located near me, and involved within the same industry. The staff at AMFA were accommodating to all my needs, and assisted me with any queries regarding the course, as well as the paperwork for the completion of my qualification.

This year I also received the South Australian Bursary from Women in Seafood Australasia (WISA) to attend the 2022 Seafood Directions conference in Brisbane. Through this bursary I was able to meet other likeminded women within the seafood industry, and learn about new, innovative ideas that each industry has moving forward. In the future.

I aspire to complete an International Business degree before returning to work and operate both my family’s lobster export factory and lobster vessel, located in Port MacDonnell, South Australia.

Maixence Williams

Marine Course - Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal - AMFA

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