AMSA Exemption 38 Low Complexity Duties (Commercial Boat Licence)

MSSCT is an AMSA approved training organisation offering Exemption 38 Low Complexity duties courses based in Ipswich, offering courses in South East Queensland



  • No sea time required
  • No task book required
  • No oral examination required
  • Prior completion OLS online training (approx. 4 hours) at no additional cost with the one day face to face course


Flexible delivery method options:

  • At your workplace by arrangement or our training room at Ipswich
  • Using your Domestic Commercial Vessel or ours supplied
  • 2 day face to face course
  • 1 day face to face course with the prior completion of  OLS online training (approx. 4 hours) at no additional cost



2 Day face to face course

  • $950 one person
  • $850 two persons
  • $750 three persons or above


1 Day face to face course (with the prior completion of  OLS online training)

  • $750 one person
  • $650 per person with two persons
  • $550 per person with three or more persons



  • Group courses at your workplace in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Gold Coast  or Sunshine Coast areas in Queensland on request
  • Individual courses available using our training vessel supplied for the practical session, in Ipswich, Queensland on request


Exemption 38 is for limited maritime operations that undertake low complexity duties with operators having the following restrictions as per AMSA Restrictions:


  1. Operate during daylight hours


  1. Command a vessel < 12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine < 100kw (130hp) or outboard engine < 250kw ( 335hp)


  1. Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:
  • Marina operations and a mooring area in sight of the marina
  • Inland waters
  • Any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and in sight of and in communication with the parent vessel
  • Any other waters approved by the national regulator.


  1. Without carrying passengers only in the following places or areas:
  • Places and kinds of water as per ‘Carry passengers’ above
  • Smooth waters, including inland waters
  • Any waters within 1nm from point of departure and within 1nm of the coast
  • Any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a state or territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption
  • Any waters within 250 metres of a structure fixed to the shore
  • Sheltered waters within 2nm from the coast


  1. Tow personsonly in the following area and situation:
  • Any waters that are waterski areas approved by a state or territory authority, with or without passengers and
  • The vessel has propulsion power, for an inboard and outboard, <500kw (650hp)



Applicant eligibility criteria – Exemption 38 (Low complexity duties):


  1. Be at least 16 years when the exemption is obtained; and


  1. If carrying passengers hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package unit of competency Provide first aid; and


  1. If operating radio equipment is on board the vessel, hold at least a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency issued by the Australian Communications and Media Authority or an equivalent qualification approved by the National Regulator; and


  1. Meet the same medical and eyesight requirements in Chapter 4 (Medical and eyesight requirements) of Part D of the NSCV that apply for a Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal certificate of competency, except for Division 4.4 Eyesight (colour- vision); Medical Self Declaration and


  1. Complete an AMSA approved course


Course Criteria:

  1. Vessel, crew and passenger preparation
  2. Weather and Tides
  3. Navigation
  4. Manoeuvring
  5. Rope work
  6. Emergencies

Criteria 4 and 5 covered in practical training and assessment

AMSA Final Practical Assessment Record


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