MAR10313 - Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal).

The Australian General Purpose Hand (GPH) Near Coastal qualification will enable you to work as a deckhand on Australian Registered commercial or private vessels.

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This is the minimum required certification to work on an Australian commercial vessel. A General Purpose Hand works on deck or in the engine room of vessels less than 80m long and propulsion power less than 3000 kW operating within the Australian EEZ (200 nm).

The General Purpose Hand (GPH) qualifications are required by Roads and Maritime Services and National legislation. Without these qualifications, you may not legally work onboard Australian registered commercial vessels including:

  • Australian registered Superyachts
  • Commercial fishing vessels
  • Charter fishing boats
  • Tugs
  • Ferry vessels
  • Passenger charter yachts
  • Commercially registered private vessels
  • And more …


Dual Qualifications - International Deckhand and General Purpose Hand NC

To qualify for the General Purpose Hand certification , students must complete a training program with an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) equal or equivalent to a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal).

When you complete the STCW 95+10 / basic safety course and the IYT Deckhand course at Superyacht Crew Academy you will be eligible for the NSW Roads and Maritime ServicesGeneral Purpose Hand Certificate of Competency.

By completing the Deckhand Course with Superyacht Crew Academy you are obtaining two certifications with a single course program.

Both the STCW 95+10 and the IYT Megayacht Deck Crew course are recognised by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) of the UK. The MCA are the governing body for the majority of the Superyachts worldwide. This means if you wish to work on foreign flagged superyachts in the Mediterranean, Caribbean or anywhere in the world, you qualifications would be recognised.

The modules you will complete during the course can be used as advanced standings in higher qualification courses such as those required to complete for the Coxswain, Master 5 or Master 4.

These qualifications are valid for 5 years. If you work internationally for a few seasons and then wish to return to Australia and continue in the maritime industry, your qualifications completed at Superyacht Crew Academy will still be valid.


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.

More information on the Australian General Purpose Hand Course

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