STCW CoP Continued Competence
AMSA Approved Certificate of Proficiency Continued Competence
ERGT Australia’s Certificate of Proficiency Continued Competence (CoP CC) course combines the three short course requirements for Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques and survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats.
This continued competence course applies to Ratings (Integrated Rating, Able Seaman, Deck Rating and Engine Room Rating) that have qualifying sea service in the preceding 5 years.
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The course outcomes include the training outcomes required by AMSA for the provision of a Certificate of Safety Training. These include:
The STCW standard for personal survival techniques:
- Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment
The STCW standard for fire prevention and firefighting:
- Minimise the risk of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire
- Fight and extinguish fires
The STCW Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats:
- Operate off-load and on-load release devices for survival craft
- Proper resetting of both off-load and on-load
- Release devices for survival craft.
- Use signalling equipment, including pyrotechnics
Training Standard Pre-requisites
To revalidate your competency with AMSA you must meet all the course requirements and provide evidence of sea service* when lodging a formal application with AMSA using the Seafarer Form 419 and pay the application fees. This fee is not covered by the ERGT.
*Qualifying sea service is one of the following:
– 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.
Please refer to the AMSA website for further clarification on how to lodge a formal application.
Structure and Assessment
This course is delivered through classroom presentations, participant discussion as well as practical components within a simulated workplace environment. Competence is assessed through written and practical assessment.
Medical and Health Standards
A medical certificate is not required for this course, however a health questionnaire and declaration of fitness will be required at course registration. Please contact ERGT for any concerns regarding completion of practical training and assessment requirements and to discuss options for reasonable adjustments.
A Government issued photo identification is required for course registration.
Please read AS/NZS 1715 Appendix B: Facial Seal of Respirators. You will not be able to meet competency if you do not comply with the requirements of the standard. Please contact ERGT if you require further clarification.
As per the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), seafarers are required to demonstrate continued competence in sea survival and fire fighting to maintain the validity of their certificate.
Authority / Regulator
AMSA endorsed training is regulated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety.