Course code: 800-000921

    TAFE Statement in Safety Training (CoST) Refresher

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    OverviewAbout this course

    An AMSA-issued Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) is the essential minimum requirement to work on vessels in international waters. Make sure you have what it takes to work in the maritime industry with this refresher course.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    During this course you'll learn to:

    • Identify pre-conditions, prevent and control fires, and respond effectively to any fire emergency onboard a vessel

    • Contribute to safety management system (SMS) processes

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

    • Action a launch strategy for a survival craft and coordinate a vessel muster

    • Locate and access lifesaving and survival equipment

    • Provide first aid response to a casualty

    Course outcomes

    You'll leave this course with:

    • A sound understanding of maritime safety and emergency protocol

    • A pathway to further study in the maritime industry

    • A Certification of Attendance

    • The following certificates will be issued by Australian Marine Complex (AMC) to participants who successfully complete the course:

    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (AMSA approved), meeting the requirements of STCW Reg VI/1 and Code Section A-V1/1, Table A-VI/1-2

    • Personal Survival Techniques (AMSA approved), meeting the requirements of STCW Reg VI/1 and Code Section A-V1/1, Table A-VI/1-1

    Please note:

    • To successfully complete the course and qualify for your certificate, it's important to attend all sessions, actively participate, and finish all practical exercises. TAFE NSW may cancel the course if there aren't enough registrations seven days before it starts. Don't worry though – if a course is cancelled, you'll receive a full refund of any fees paid. And when booking flights, consider opting for fully refundable tickets for flexibility.

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Professional Development

    Learn a new skill and improve your career prospects

    Industry Requirements

    Gain the skills required for licensing and certification purposes

    Entry requirements

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

    • You must be 16 years or older at the time of starting this course

    • You must already have an AMSA-issued Certificate of Safety Training (CoST). Revalidation is the mandatory requirement for those without the required sea-time (qualifying sea service is at least 12 months in total during the preceding 5 years before application, or 3 months in total during the preceding 6 months prior to revalidating). This must be done every 5 years in order to demonstrate continued competence.

    • As this course involves use of breathing apparatus, extinguishing fires, confined spaces and other strenuous activities, you will be required to complete a medical declaration prior to commencing training.

    Entry recommendations

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

    • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands

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

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

    • Awareness and understanding 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) such as closed footwear, long-sleeve shirt and long pants (or overalls) for fire and pool training. Please 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.

    PathwaysWhere can this course take you?

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: able seafarer, deckhand, integrated rating and serve on board a vessel in international waters.


    The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status. Please visit AMSA for more information.

    Study options

    Pursue an interest or upskill in your chosen field with another course.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous work experience and study history. You may be able to use recognition of prior learning when applying for a course in the future. If you're successful, you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses can be made up of a combination of core and specialty units.

    Core units consist of the knowledge you'll need to build key skills for success in your field, industry or hobby.

    • Fire prevention and fire fighting800000921A

    • Personal survival techniques800000921B

    TAFE NSW ServicesFacilities and support

    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

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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