AMSA Exemption 38 Low Complexity Duties Course


Marine Training Services has approval from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to conduct Exemption 38 Low Complexity Duties Courses over 3 days at any suitable venue.


MTS conducts the Exemption 38 Courses in Melbourne and throughout Victoria.


Exemption 38 is for limited maritime operations that undertake low complexity duties with operators having the following restrictions:

1.       Operate during daylight hours only

2.      Command a vessel <12m long and operate propulsion power for an inboard engine <100kW or outboard engine <250kW

3.      Carry passengers only in the following places and areas:

  • marina operations and a mooring areas in sight of the marina;

  • inland waters;

  • any waters in a tender or auxiliary that are within 1nm from a parent vessel and in sight of and in communication with the parent vessel;

  • any other waters approved by the National Regulator.

4.      Without carrying passengers only in the following places or areas:

  • places and kinds of water in Point 3 above;

  • smooth waters, including inland waters;

  • any waters within 1nm from each point of departure and within 1nm of the coast

  • any waters of an aquaculture lease approved by a State or Territory authority, and any approved waters used for the daily transit to and from the aquaculture lease for operation under this exemption;

  • any waters within 250 metres of a structure fixed to the shore

  • sheltered waters within 2nm from the coast.

 5.        Tow persons only in the following area and situation:

  • any waters that are waterski areas approved by a State or Territory authority, with or without passengers; and,

  • the vessel has propulsion power, for an inboard and outboard engine, <500kW.

To view AMSA's Exemption 38 (click here) Please read Exemption 38 limits carefully to ensure your operation is within the limits of the exemption.


Please also see AMSA Exemption 38 Advisory Notice (click here)


Course Details

The Exemption 38 Course is conducted over 3 days and is made up of 2 days of theory and 1 day of written and practical assessment.


Courses can be held at our Docklands venue, or at any other suitable venue.


Course Enrolment

For Exemption 38 Course enrolment details, please email us or contact us on 03 5229 5432.

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