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Statement of Attainment in STCW Certificate of Safety Training (CoST)

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Overview About this course

Want to work on superyachts, cruise ships and other international trading vessels? The Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) is the first qualification you need to become a seafarer on international waters. This approved training course teaches you the skills you need to apply for your certificate with AMSA.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Prevent and control fires, and respond effectively to any fire emergency onboard a vessel

  • Recognise and report security threats

  • Survive at sea using personal survival techniques (PST) in case of vessel abandonment

  • Provide first aid to a casualty

  • Contribute to safety management system (SMS) processes

  • Follow first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Completion of an approved training course to apply for your CoST with the Australian Government Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)

  • A pathway to further study in the maritime industry

  • Credit towards a full qualification

  • A sound understanding of maritime safety and emergency protocol

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands

  • The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket

  • The ability to work at sea as well as with people in difficult situations and circumstances

  • Awareness of the AMSA certification requirements

  • The ability to attend practical assessment sessions on campus and/or related facilities

  • Suitable clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for your assessments. Contact your prospective campus for practical assessment locations, dates and clothing/PPE requirements.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: crew on an international vessel.


The maritime industry is regulated by AMSA. AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. The Certificate of safety training (CoST) is the first international qualification you need to become a seafarer. After you complete the Statement of Attainment in STCW Certificate of Safety Training (CoST), and fulfil all other AMSA licensing requirements, you can apply for your Certificate with AMSA. It's essential that you review the criteria for CoST on the AMSA website. Please also check the AMSA website for requirements for various career paths.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

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The Statement of Attainment in STCW Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting) MARF035

  • Follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training) MARF037

  • Observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR) MARF041

  • Provide First Aid HLTAID011

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TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

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