Commercial qualifications

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:

Please mail your completed form to:

Commercial qualifications
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 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.

There are a number of convenient methods of paying your Request for Payment notices for your commercial maritime qualifications or vessel survey fees. These payment options are listed below.

Payment options


Payments can be made over the internet via BPAY®. Contact your bank or financial institution to make this payment from your cheque, savings, debit, credit card or transaction account. More information is available on the BPAY website.

In person

Simply visit one of the Australia Post outlets and present your Request for Payment over-the-counter, with your chosen method of payment for an easy and secure payment option. Postbillpay® is available at more than 3800 outlets around Australia.

Methods of payment are cash, EFTPOS, credit card and cheque.

By mail

Cheques or money orders should be crossed marked "Not Negotiable" and made payable to Transport Safety Victoria.

Send your payments to:

Transport Safety Victoria
Maritime Safety Branch
PO Box 2797
Melbourne VIC 3001

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