The Royal Australian Navy’s high standards of training have been recognised, with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority providing equivalence for RAN marine technicians to meet competency requirements for the Australian domestic commercial vessel fleet.
Holders of RAN issued Certificates II and III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver 3 and 2 Near Coastal) will now be able to gain recognition of final assessments, sea service, task books, medical and first aid requirements by AMSA.
It will also allow the RAN to recognise civilian Marine Engine Driver qualifications for those seeking to join or re-enter the RAN.
AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said the RAN was a significant trainer of maritime professionals in Australia.
“This serves as recognition of the high standards of training the RAN provides to its technical sailors,” Mr Kinley said.
“The high calibre of the trainers, Navy’s survival training, electrical systems, engineering workshop and equipment, combined with the RAN’s engineering simulators, provide an excellent training ground for its personnel.
“The processes for assessment and the ongoing professionalisation of refresher programs throughout a sailor’s naval career offer a first rate practical and theoretical experience to its workforce.”
RAN Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell said this recognition was a significant win for the Marine Technicians and their value in the maritime industry, and was evidence of a growing relationship with AMSA.
“The Navy is delighted to be able to work with AMSA on a mutually beneficial recognition of Marine Engine Driver competencies,” Commodore Rothwell said.
“This is the first time that AMSA has recognised the RAN as an authorised training provider of the Marine Technician operator qualification regime and Maritime Training Package and we look forward to strengthening this relationship in years to come.”
AMSA also supports the RAN’s future application to include the MAR40513 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations on its scope of registration. This inclusion will allow Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal qualification holders to be recognised under National Standards for Commercial Vessels in relation to crew competencies. Applications can be made at local State and Territory Marine Safety Agencies.