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.
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
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
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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.
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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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
The Statement of Attainment in STCW Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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