Convert your IYT Master of Yachts or RYA Yachtmaster certification to the Australian Master <24m Near Coastal Certification and Captain Australian registered commercial and private yachts within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone.

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If you would like to work as Master/Captain/Skipper on Australian registered commercial vessels <24m in Australian coastal waters and you have an (IYT) International Yacht Training Master of Yachts 200 tons (Limited or Unlimited) certificate or an (RYA) Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster (Offshore or Ocean) certificate you can take a 12 day bridging course to qualify for the issue of the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master <24m NC).

What will the Master < 24m Near Coastal Certificate allow you to do?

  • Command an Australian registered commercial vessel <24m long in Australia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Act as chief mate or deck watchkeeper on an Australian registered commercial vessel < 35m long in Australia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Act as chief mate or deck watchkeeper on an Australian registered commercial vessel < 80m long in Australian inshore waters

Possible Restrictions - Master <24m (NC)

  • Restricted to command only in sheltered waters: A certificate will be restricted to command a vessel only in sheltered waters if at least half of the sea service required is not seaward of sheltered waters.
  • Restricted to daylight hours: A certificate will be restricted to daylight hours if the person is colour vision deficient.

What are the minimum entry requirements to apply for the bridging Course?

  • You must have a current IYT Master of Yachts 200T (Limited or Unlimited) or an RYA Yachtmaster (Offshore or Ocean) certificate as well as a current STCW95 qualification.
  • You will need to go through a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process in order to achieve the Certificate III in Maritime Operations. Further information on this process can be found below.


Before you can enroll in this course you must download and read the following PDF files for details on course information, enrolment and obtaining your USI number. Click on the file names to download them.

Prior Training and Experience

Contact us to arrange a telephone interview to assess your prior training and experience. If you wish to proceed with the process of recognition of prior learning, you will be required to present the required documentation for review. There will be an administration fee for assessing your documentation and you may have a practical skills and knowledge assessment at an additional cost. For details on what you will need for recognition of prior learning download the Recognition of Prior Learning Handbook PDF file.

Requirements for the issue of a (Master <24m Near Coastal) Certificate of Competency:

  • A Certificate III in  Maritime operations (Superyacht Crew Academy will provide theory qualification & transcript at the successful completion of the course).
  • A HLTAID003 certificate of competency Provide first aid
  • A Long Range Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency.
  • An Eyesight Test Certificate, Medical declaration and be over 16 years old.

Documented Sea Time - At least:

  1. 120 days of qualifying sea service in the 5 years before the application on commercial vessels over 7.5m long, and completed an approved task book; or
  2. 600 days of qualifying sea service, of which:
    • at least half must be accrued on vessels over 7.5m long; and
    • at least half must be accrued on commercial vessels; and
    • < half may be accrued on recreational vessels over 5m long

Download the AMSA notes for more information on requirements.

What's in the BRIDGING Course?

The Certificate III in Maritime Operations qualification is made up of 14 units of competency. This Master 5 Bridging course covers 6 of those units of competency. The 8 remaining units we can give you recognition of prior learning for the current skills and qualifications you already have and work experience you have done. The 6 units covered during this course include:

  • MARB004 – Perform routine maintenance on a vessel <24m
  • MARB005 – Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel < 80m
  • MARF004 – Meet work health and safety requirements
  • MARH005 – Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • MARI002 – Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel < 80m
  • MARJ002 – Monitor environmental management on a vessel

Course Duration

12 days

Completing the course does not guarantee passing the exam. We will teach you everything you need to know to pass, but actually passing the exam depends on you, your performance and the amount of study you are prepared to put in.

Superyacht Training Location

The course is run from our Marina Office in Newport NSW Australia and the Superyacht Crew Academy Training Facility at 8 Kalinya Street, Newport. The facilities are a 45min drive North of Sydney’s CBD. To see a map of how to find us, CLICK HERE

How much does the bridging course cost?

AUD $1895, plus a $425 recognition of prior learning fee if applicable.

Master < 24m NC Bridging Course

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