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Victorian Marine Licence and PWC Endorsement Course Information

Marine Licence and PWC Endorsement Courses


Pre- course Experience:
No experience required. Minimum age 12 years.
Duration: 4 hours - subject to variances arising on the day.
Delivery: Classroom Trainer-led.
Requirements: Be able to read and write English and advise of any health condition, eyesight, hearing, learning or any physical disability which may compromise training.
Approvals:
Accredited Marine Licence Training Provider.


A restricted licence is required by any person over the age of 12, but under the age of 16, who is operating a powered recreational vessel.

Holders of a restricted marine licence may act as a Skipper of a recreational vessel only if:

  • Operating during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.
  • Operating at speeds of less than 10 knots.
  • Not operating a vessel that is towing a person, another vessel or object.

Once a restricted licence holder turns 16 years old, the restricted marine licence automatically becomes a marine licence.

Description

Ideal for anyone aged 12 years or older wishing to learn about boating whilst meeting the requirements for obtaining a Victorian Marine (Boat) Licence, a PWC (Jetski) Endorsement or a Restricted Marine Licence. The licence courses also include sitting the Marine Licence and/or PWC Endorsement tests. No further training or testing is required on successful completion of the course. You will also receive a Certificate of Attainment which must be taken to VicRoads within 12 months of completing the course to obtain the licence. Delivered by qualified Maritime Trainers.

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A restricted licence is required by any person over the age of 12, but under the age of 16 years, who is operating a powered recreational vessel.

Holders of a restricted marine licence may act as a Skipper of a recreational vessel only if:

  • Operating during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.
  • Operating at speeds of less than 10 knots.
  • Not operating a vessel that is towing a person, another vessel or object.

Once a restricted licence holder turns 16 years old, the restricted marine licence automatically becomes a marine licence.

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Marine Licence and PWC Endorsement courses are conducted in Victoria by College Trainer Blair Talbot, owner and operator of Border Boat Licence. Blair operates primarily in the Greater Riverina and North East Victoria regions, Melbourne and surrounding metro areas. Courses in other areas are available on request. Additional fees may apply.

NOTE: You must be 16 years or older to obtain a PWC Endorsement.

Find out more or book on a course

Contact Blair on 0409 594 939, send him an email or visit the border boat licence website.

What you will learn

  • Boating terms.
  • State rules and regulations.
  • PWC rules.
  • Distances off, speed and wake restrictions.
  • International Collision regulations.
  • Chartwork and buoyage system.
  • Weather and tides.
  • Marine radio, distress and rescue.
  • Duty of care, boating risks and insurance.
  • Emergency drills and first aid.
  • Vessel and engine maintenance.
  • Waterskiing and towing rules.

Learning resources

Icon PDF 24 Recreational Boating Handbook
Icon PDF 24 PWC Ride Brochure
Icon PDF 24 Marine Licence Privacy Statement
Icon PDF 24 Marine Licence Eligibility Statement
WebLinkIcon Marine Licence Practice Test Questions

Course inclusions

  • Marine Licence multiple-choice knowledge test and/or PWC Endorsement multiple-choice knowledge test.
  • Certificate of Attainment.

Eligibility To Apply For A Victorian Marine Licence

Pursuant to regulation 30 of the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) the following persons are not eligible to apply for a marine licence:

  • A person who is disqualified from obtaining a marine licence, during the period of that disqualification
  • A person who is the holder of a marine licence that has been suspended, during the period of that suspension
  • A person who is disqualified from obtaining a licence or other authority to be the master of or to operate a recreational vessel under
  • (i) the law of another State or Territory, or
  • (ii) the law of another country,
  • in circumstances which, if they occurred in Victoria, would have resulted in the person being disqualified from obtaining a marine licence in Victoria
  • A person who is the holder of a licence or other authority to operate a recreational vessel issued by another State or Territory that has been suspended, during the period of that suspension
  • Persons aged under 16 years of age are not eligible to obtain a personal watercraft endorsement.
  • Applicants should also note that they will be required to meet the health requirements for operating a car or motorcycle and this may include further testing where appropriate. More information about Marine Licence eligibility is available from VicRoads.

Prerequisites

Participants are advised to review the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook and attempt the Marine Licence and/or PWC Endorsement Practice Tests. These are useful resources for preparing to sit the multiple-choice knowledge tests which are included in the course.

Special needs

Assistance is available for applicants who have difficulty reading or writing English, or who use AUSLAN. (sign language) Call College Trainer, Blair Talbot on 0409 594 939 to discuss your special needs. Information about using an interpreter or translator services is also available from VicRoads.

What to bring

  • Pen
  • Proof Of Identification
In order to complete the necessary paperwork for Vic Roads on the day of the course, it is essential that you bring along approved Evidence Of Identity (EOI). Without the correct EOI you will not be able to take part in the course. For adults, typically just your driver's licence is adequate EOI. For those who don't have a driver's licence, such as people 12 under 16 years old will need to bring along a birth certificate or Australian Passport as well as something like a Medicare card or bank card with your name on it. NOTE: If your address is not noted on any of the above mentioned documents, you will need to provide proof of your address such as a power or phone bill. More information about the EOI requirements is available from VicRoads.

Assessment

You will be assessed in one (1) way:

Multiple-choice knowledge tests.Theory assessments are completed face-to-face in the presence of a College Approved Trainer.

The classroom theory course is derived from the following nationally recognised units of competency:

MEM50008B - Carry out trip preparation and planning
MEM50009B - Safely operate a mechanically powered recreational boat
MEM50010B - Respond to boating emergencies and incidents
SISOPWC201A - Select and maintain a PWC
SISOPWC202A - Demonstrate basic skills to ride a PWC in controlled conditions

Licence Tests

The Marine Licence test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions which are based on a range of knowledge defined by Maritime Safety Victoria for the issue of a Victorian Marine Licence or PWC Endorsement. You must correctly answer at least 26 out of 30 to pass the licence test. If you fail the first attempt you will be provided the opportunity to re-sit the test on the day. No more than two (2) attempts can be made on the one day.

The Personal Watercraft (PWC) test consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer at least 13 out of 15 to pass the PWC test. If you fail the first attempt at the exam you will be provided with the opportunity to re-sit the test on the day. No more than two (2) attempts can be made on the same day. NOTE: Should the second attempt not be successful you will need to resit the tests on another date. A re-testing fee of $35.00 may apply.

The Safe Boating Marine Licence course runs for 4-5 hours depending on variances which may arise on the day. It includes enrolment, boating knowledge learning and testing.The first 30 mins covers enrolment and course briefing. The next 3-4 hours is dedicated to the training with break periods included.The last 3o minutes is dedicated to the test assessment and issuing your Certificate of Attainment. On completion of the course and passing the test you will receive a Certificate which you need to take to a VicRoads Office in order to obtain the licence.

12 months from the Certificate issue date.

Supervised by the Trainer the testing process takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. There is no time limit set for test, so you can take all time you need.Each participant is handed a question and answer sheet. In the boat component of the assessment there are 30 multiple-choice questions of which a minimum of 26 questions must be answered correctly in order to pass the test. The Personal Watercraft (PWC) test consists of 15 multiple-choice questions.You must correctly answer at least 13 out of 15 to pass the PWC test.

Yes, you can. However, you must first successfully pass the boat test before you can attempt the PWC test. If you already hold a Marine Licence you can opt to complete the PWC Endorsement Upgrade course.

If you do not successfully pass the test you'll be given a second attempt on the day. Should the second attempt not be successful you will need to resit the test on another date. You can opt to re-sit the test with a College Trainer or sit the test at VicRoads. Re-testing fees apply.

NMCTrainers are experienced and supportive and will guide you through the course in a relaxed environment.So that we can be best accommodate your needs please contact Blair Talbot of Border Boat Licence.

Yes, there is. We recommend all participants complete some prior reading and practice tests before coming on the course. You can review the Victorian Recreational Boating Handbook and attempt Marine Licence practice tests on the Maritime Safety Victoria website. You really do benefit when attending the trainer-led session as the course follows a structured learning format designed to reinforce any pre-learning and provide participants with plenty of question and review time prior to attempting the test assessments.

If you do not present your Certificate to VicRoads within the expiry date displayed on the Certificate you will need to complete the course again.

No, penalties apply if you do. You must first submit the Maritime Safety Victoria Certificate, in person, to Vic Roads and pay the licence fee. Only VicRoads can issue the licence. Once you have your licence you can drive a boat or jetski.


VicRoads Marine Licence and PWC Endorsement Fees

Similar to a driver's licence you will also have to pay a state government fee to VicRoads.

Licencen type
 1 year
3 years
 5 years
 Marine Licence
 36.10  108.30  180.50
 Marine Licence with PWC Endorsement
 41.20  123.60  206.00
 Restricted Marine Licence
 18.10 54.30
 90.50
NOTE: Replacement Marine Licence fee $22.00.

Licence period

All new and reissue marine licences are issued for 5 years only. All current marine licences can be renewed 5 years or for the period specified on your renewal notice (1, 3 or 5 years)

Licence types

There are two types of marine licences:

  • General Marine Licence - Required by any person over 16 years of age and over operating a powered recreational vessel.
  • Restricted Marine Licence - Required by any person 12 years old or under the age of 16. There are conditions applied to this licence.
  • PWC (Personal Watercraft/Jetski) Endorsed Marine Licence -This licence is obtained as an endorsement on the General Marine Licence and is not issued as a standalone licence. If an endorsement is required, a marine licence must be obtained first. NOTE: Following law changes in 2017 new applicants under the age of 16 ARE NOT eligible for a PWC Endorsement on their restricted licence.

Exemptions

Holders of valid current AMSA Certificates of Competency as master, mate or coxswain are currently exempt from the requirement to hold a recreational marine licence and are exempt from sitting the licence multiple-choice test. These certificate holders can apply for a recreational marine licence by taking their valid Certificate of Competency along with appropriate evidence of identity to VicRoads. If commercial marine qualification holders wish to operate a PWC, they will need to first apply for the Marine Licence and then complete the PWC Endorsement test with a College Trainer or at a VicRoads service office.

Applicants with poor vision, disability or medical condition

Applicants with poor vision must provide an eyesight certificate from an optometrist, a medical practitioner, occupational therapist or ophthalmologist with their licence application. Applicants with a disability or medical condition which may affect their ability to operate a vessel should contact VicRoads for more information.

Applying for the licence

You can apply for your licence by attending a VicRoads Office in person and presenting:

  • Your Certificate of Attainment presented to you on successful completion of the course and test. NOTE: The Certificate of Attainment is valid for 12 months from the date you attended the course. You must take the Certificate to VicRoads within 12 months of completing the course to receive your marine licence.
  • Same proof of identity you used when attending the course.
  • Payment of the licence fee.



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