AMSA Exemption 38 Low Complexity of Duties

Course Details

  • No sea time required
  • No task book required
  • No oral examination required
  • RPL can be considered for applicants with a Recreational Boat Licence and Elements of Shipboard Safety or STCW95
Locations Onsite or at Scarborough QLD
Theory at our training centre at Redcliffe QLD
Cost    $750 p/person or $650 p/person for groups of 2 or more

Course Description

AMSA became the national regulator of domestic commercial vessels (DCV`s) in 2013,making the rules and regulations consistent around Australia.

This NEW certificate of competency which has now been extended till 2020 will sit between a general purpose hand and a coxswain grade2 nc, permitting the holder to operate on a range of DCV`s performing low complexity duties and training and assessment

An AMSA approved training course Exemption 38, for low complexity duties for people who need to operate a domestic commercial vessel as part of their normal job with a limitation of duties..examples could be crabbers,pwc tour groups,barge operators,guides,those working in the hire industry etc

This may be for you as an individual or a requirement for your employer to have this level of skill., please call Neil on mob- 0434636640 to discuss if exemption 38 is suitable for your operation.


  1. Operate during daylight hours
  2. Command a vessel < 12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine < 100kw (130hp) or outboard engine < 250kw ( 335hp)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Tow persons only 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,  


  1. Be at least 16 years when the exemption is obtained; and
  2. If carrying passengers hold a first aid certificate of at least HLT Health Training Package unit of competency Provide first aid; and
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Complete an AMSA approved course


  1. Vessel, crew and passenger preparation
  2. Weather and Tides
  3. Navigation
  4. Maneuvering
  5. Rope work
  6. Emergencies, Criteria 4 and 5 covered in practical training and assessment

Brisbane Boating Courses offers regular Exemption 38 low complexity duties courses at our training rooms at the Redcliffe showgrounds.but will travel to your venue or workplace.

Brisbane Boating courses has delivered exemption 38 courses in Redcliffe,Brisbane,Bribie Island,Caloundra,Hervey Bay and Yeppoon and inland waterways like Somerset, Wivenhoe ,Borumba and Awoonga dams