This qualification is offered by AMFA to people who are employed or seeking employment in the seafood or maritime industries.
This certificate of competency lets you work as a deck and/or engine room hand on a vessel.
The General Purpose Hand near coastal will allow you to:
- Assist with deck or engine work on vessels up to 100m long or 3000 GT, in the Australian exclusive economic zone, under general supervision of the master, chief engineer or delegated crew member.
For other regulatory requirements relating to the General Purpose Hand Near Coastal course please visit the AMSA website: http://www.amsa.gov.au
Course Duration & Fees:
Certificate I in Maritime Operations
Upon successful completion of this qualification you will receive a Certificate I in Maritime Operations and a Statement of Attainment listing the appropriate units of competency from AMFA.
Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is offered via Blended Learning mode to students who are wanting a way to fit study around their existing responsibilities and commitments with 24/7 access. It is offered by AMFA to people who are employed or seeking employment in the seafood or maritime industries.
The General Purpose Hand is the minimum entry level certification required to work on an Australian commercial vessel. A General Purpose Hand assists with deck or engine work on vessels up to 100m long or 3000 GT, in the Australian exclusive economic zone, under general supervision of the master, chief engineer or delegated crew member.
Theory for this course is conducted online self-paced. Practical assessments and assessments are conducted face to face on campus. The duration for the Practical Assessments is up to five days (5) days with the Shipboard Safety Skill Set or four days (4) if you already have this skill set. Visit our timetable page for more info.
General supervision is when the person being supervised:
- Receives instruction and direction on tasks
- Receives recurrent personal contact from the supervisor
- Is not frequently attended by the supervisor.
When is a General Purpose Hand certificate of competency not required?
Crew members not engaged in deck or engine room responsibilities, and those under direct supervision while performing such tasks, are exempt from requiring a General Purpose Hand certificate of competency.
Moreover, crew holding certificates like Coxswain Grade 1, and deck certifications such as Master up to 24m Near Coastal and Master up to 45m Near Coastal are also exempt from needing a General Purpose Hand certificate of competency.
To embark on the journey toward obtaining a General Purpose Hand Near Coastal certificate (GPH CoC), you must meet several eligibility requirements. These include:
Age Requirement: You must at least 16 years old on the certifiate issue date.
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.
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