ERGT’s Certificate of Safety Training (CoST) course is designed for personnel working on sea vessels who require the CoST issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) or STCW certificates. The course combines the four short course requirements for the AMSA issued CoST. It provides the skills and knowledge required to identify workplace hazards and risks, prevent, or if necessary, respond to incidents including fires, recognise and report security threats, and be able to survive at sea in the event of an abandonment.
The individuals attending the course will range from new inexperienced workers to experienced workers from the Maritime and Oil and Gas industries. The certification requirement applies to deck and engine workers working in the maritime industry requiring a CoST.
The expected learning outcomes for the Basic Safety and Security Awareness Training are:
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
- Minimise the risk of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire
- Fight and extinguish fires
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
- Comply with emergency procedures
- Take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment
- Observe safe working practices
- Contribute to effective communications on board ship
- Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship
- Understand and take necessary actions to control fatigue
Personal Survival Techniques
- Survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment
- Security Awareness Training
- Contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through heightened awareness
- Recognise security threats
- Understand the need for, and methods of, maintaining security awareness and vigilance.
The expected learning outcomes for the Nationally Recognised Training units below are:
MARF006 Observe personal safety and social responsibility
- Plan and conduct work safely
- Contribute to WHS/OHS participation processes
- Contribute to hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control activities
- Participate in controlling WHS/OHS emergency situations
- Complete WHS/OHS records
MARF003 Follow vessel security procedures
- Contribute to enhancing security through heightened awareness
- Recognise potential security threats
- Comply with reporting processes
MARF008 Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel
- Actively prevent fire
- Prepare response to fire
- Combat fire
- Complete post-fire activities
MARF009 Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment
- Respond to emergency
- Launch survival craft and rescue boats
- Operate survival craft and rescue boats
- Operate lifesaving and survival equipment on board survival craft and rescue boats
- Assume responsibility for survival of crew and passengers
Training Standard Pre-requisites
None. *ERGT does not deliver the Elementary First Aid (EFA) as an element of this certificate. Recognition of Prior Learning for EFA can be issued if the trainees hold Statements of Attainment for the Nationally Recognised Unit HLTAID003 Provide first aid (HLTFA311A Apply first aid (superseded) or HLTAID003 Provide first aid, which ERGT can deliver.
ERGT Desired Skills and Knowledge
In order for ERGT to deliver the training and assessment in the timeframe specified for this course, it is desirable (but not mandatory) that trainees come to the course with a specific range of skills and knowledge as listed:
- Maritime experience on coastal or larger vessels
- Watchkeeping skills
- Basic Firefighting knowledge
- Emergency Response for vessels at sea
- Knowledge of ships procedures
- Hazards and Risks in the maritime environment
- Common types of emergencies at sea
- Abandonment procedures
Medical and Health Standards
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 and valid USI is required for course registration.
Please bring swimwear and towel for in water activities.
AMSA requires the training below to be revalidated every 5 years:
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Code A-VI/1-2)
Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code A VI/1-1)
As per the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 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
– STCW training delivered in Australia is regulated by AMSA, which is Australia’s national agency responsible for maritime safety.
– Nationally Recognised Training is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), which is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.