In order to operate a vessel for commercial purposes you may be required to hold an appropriate certificate of competency and where applicable, a certificate of local knowledge.
Certificate of local knowledge
A local knowledge certificate is required where the risks due to local conditions are sufficient to justify additional permissioning requirements.
Local knowledge certificates are the responsibility of Maritime Safety Victoria. A local knowledge certificate is required in addition to a certificate of competency.
Guidance material about local knowledge certificates, and application and renewal forms, are available to download here as PDFs or accessible Word files:
- Local knowledge certificate guide PDF, 80.6 KB
- Local knowledge certificate guide DOC, 220.0 KB
- CC9 Application for local knowledge certificate PDF, 212.5 KB
- CC9 Application for local knowledge certificate DOC, 316.5 KB
- CC10 Application for renewal of local knowledge certificate PDF, 199.3 KB
- CC10 Application for renewal of local knowledge certificate DOC, 302.0 KB
Please mail your completed form to:
Maritime Safety Victoria
PO Box 2797
Melbourne VIC 3001
Certificate of competency
Regulation of certificates of competency is part of the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (national system) administrated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
A list of approved training organisations delivering commercial qualifications training in Victoria can be found at the Approved Training Organisations page on the AMSA website.
Please note: Due to the limited availability of examiners, the current waiting time for an oral examination (for both deck and engineering certificates of competency) is four to six weeks from approval of application.
For more information about the national system, including access to application forms and guidance material, visit the Forms and guidance page on the AMSA website.
The fee payable depends on the type of application and certificate type. You must pay the application fee prior to your certificate being issued.
For information about the fees for commercial maritime qualifications, including certificates of competency and pilot licences, please contact us.