TSV Maritime ATP– Applicationfor Accreditation Form and Guideline

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(a) Purpose – This Application for accreditation form has been produced by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) to provide information about the Training and Assessment, as atthe date of publication.

(b) No substitute – This Application form is not a substitute for, and should not be read in lieu of, theMarine Safety Act2010 (Vic) or the Marine Safety Regulations2012 (Vic), or any other relevant laws, codes, rules, procedures or policies. Further, the contents of this Application form do not constitute legal or business advice.

(c) No Warranty – While TSV has used due care and skill in the production of this Application form,neither TSV, norany of its employees, agents and consultants make any representation orwarranty as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for particular purposes ofthe information in this Application form.

© State Government of Victoria 2012

Copyright in this publication resides with the Director, Transport Safety and the State of Victoria. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).


Accredited Training Provider, or ATPmeans the entity accredited by TSV to conduct the Marine Licence Training and the Marine Licence Test and where the context admits includes its employees, sub-contractors, and agents;
Approved Location means a location listed in this ATP accreditation;
Business means the business of providing approved training and assessment for Training and Assessment purposes;
Business Days means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday appointed under the Public Holidays Act 1993 including any day appointed by the Minister under section 7 (1) (a) of that act applicable to the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Certificate of Attainment means the certificate, provided by the Safety Director or the ATP, for issue to Eligible Applicants who have passed the Training and Assessment;
Certificate of Competency or COCmeansthe certificate issued by the Safety Director under section 78(1)(a) of the MSA
Code of Practice for the purpose of privacy provisions means a code of practice as defined in, and approved under ,the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic);
Commencement Date means the commencement of the ATP’s accreditation as specified in the ATP Accreditation;
Commercial Course means the course provided by the ATP in accordance with the requirements specified in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels - Part D Crew Competencies;.
Completion Date means the date of completion specified in the ATP accreditation;
Eligible Applicant means a person who:
(a)in the case of an applicant for a general marine licence under section53 of the MSAsatisfies the age requirement in section 53(1)(a) (i) of the MSA; or
(b)in the case of an applicant for a restricted marine licence under section54 of the MSA,satisfies the age requirement in section 54(1)(a) (i) of the MSA; and
(c)is not ineligible to apply for a Marine Licence,
(d)a person in the case of an applicant for a COC, ,
and has provided satisfactory evidence of identity to the ATP as outlined in the TSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures..
Information includes information or data, whether:
(a)written, graphical, electronic, oral or in any other form, irrespective of the form in which it was originally provided;
(b)provided in writing, graphically, electronically, orally or in any other way.
Information Privacy Principles means the principles so identified and set out in the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic);
Intellectual Property includes all intellectual property rights, title to, and interests in any jurisdiction whether protectable by statute, at common law or in equity, including without limitation:
(a)patents, trade marks, service marks, copyright, registered designs, trade names, domain names, symbols and logos;
(b)patent applications and applications to register trade marks, service marks and designs; and
(c)techniques, computer programme code, specifications, rights in circuit layouts, ideas, concepts, know-how, data, inventions, discoveries, developments, trade secrets, information and logical sequences (whether or not reduced in writing or other machine or human readable form),
and includes any improvements, advancements, modifications, discoveries and developments arising in relation to any of these.
Key Personnel means the persons nominated by the ATP to perform the training and assessment and includes Nominated Principals, Nominated Liaison Officers, relevant managers, trainers and assessors and administrative staff;
Law means Commonwealth, Victorian and local government legislation, including regulations, by-laws and other subordinate legislation; judicial, administrative or regulatory decrees, judgments or orders, standards, procedures as amended from time to time;
Liaison Officer means the person nominated by the ATP to be the contact person in relation to the provision of day to day training and assessment;
Marine Licence means a general marine licence or a restricted marine licence granted by TSV
Marine Licence Test means the test provided to the ATP by TSV.
Marine Licence Training means the training provided to Eligible Applicants;
Marine Safety Act means Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic);
Marine Safety Regulations means Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic);
Maritime Training Package means the Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council TDM07 Maritime Training Package;
Media Release means a prepared publicity or a news announcement;
National Quality Council means the advisory body of that name, established by the Federal Government that reports to the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education;
National Standards for Commercial Vessels – Part D (NSCV Part D) means Part D – Crew Competencies of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels published by the National Marine Safety Committee as amended repealed or replaced;
Principal means the Principal of the ATP who will represent the ATP;
Private Dwelling means a structure that is intended to have people live in it as permanent residents and includes houses, flats or apartments;
Publications means TSV manuals, handbooks, guidelines, procedures documented work practices etc referred to in this ATP Approval .(as amended by TSV from time to time);
PWC means personal watercraft;
RTO means a registered training organisationregistered by an Australian state or territory recognition authority to deliver training and/or conduct assessments and issue nationally recognised qualifications in accordance with the Australian Quality Training Framework;
Training and Assessment means:
(a)for Marine Licences and PWC endorsement:
(i) the Marine Licence Training;
(ii) the Marine Licence Testing.
(b)for Certificates of Competency:
(i) the Commercial Courses.
Transport Safety Victoria or TSV,means Transport Safety Victoria supporting the Director, Transport Safety in the exercise of the Director’s statutory functions;
VicRoads means the Roads Corporation established under the Transport Act 1983 (Vic);
Working With Children Check has the meaning given in the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic).


Transport Safety Victoria (TSV), is the State’s marine safety agency and is responsible for the administration of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)(MSA) and the Marine Safety Regulations 2012 (Vic) (MSR). Under the MSA, the Safety Director’s functions includes the issuing of recreational Marine Licences (Marine Licence) and the issue of Certificates of Competency (COC).

TSV has established two pathways via which the boating public may obtain a Marine Licence. These are:

  • successful completion of a VicRoads Licence Test; or
  • successful completion of formal training and assessment by a TSV Accredited Training Provider (ATP).

To obtain a general operator or restricted Marine Licence, a person must (among other requirements):

  • provide documented evidence of evidence of identity and age, and
  • undergo any training about the operation of recreational vessels that the Safety Director considers appropriate.

To obtain a COC applicants must provide evidence that they have complied with any prerequisites for the issue of a certificate of competency as specified in Annexure D of Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels.


This application is to be used to apply tothe Safety Director for accreditation to provide the prescribed service of Training and Assessment pursuant to section 271D (1) of the MSA and regulation 131 of the MSR.

TSV will consider applications to deliver Training and Assessment which leads to the qualifying of applicants for a licence to be a Master of a Recreational Vessel (‘MarineLicence’) or holder of aCertificate of Competency.


Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. For Marine Licence training and testing, the extent to which any Training & Assessment Strategy and Lesson Plan is considered to deliver the National Maritime Safety Committee’s Guidelines for Recreational Boat Operator Competencies, in accordance with best practice in training and assessment.The TSVMaritime ATP Training Standards provides guidance on the level of detail required.
  2. for Commercial Courses, the extent to which any Training & Assessment Strategy and Lesson Plan is considered to deliver the prerequisites for the issue of Certificates of Competency as specified in Part D of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels,
  3. The applicant’s current status as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and asa legal entity with a business name registered in the State of Victoria. This is a mandatory requirement.
  4. The applicant’s experience in delivering training and education in the maritime sector or similar environment.Organisations will be expected to demonstrate that the business principals have at least twelve months experience in delivering training and assessment within the maritime sector or a similar environment. This training and assessment should be as part of a program accredited by a state or federal regulator, industry peak body or equivalent and should be tailored towards licensing or permitting a defined activity.
  5. The applicant’s ability to satisfy insurance requirements in terms of Workers’ Compensation, Professional Liability and Public Indemnity at the time of application. Existing insurance certificates, or written evidence that such insurance will be made available to the applicant in the event that they are successful, will be accepted. This is a compulsory requirement.
  6. The applicant’s access to professional training facilities and resources.Applicants should refer to the TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards for guidance on the level of the requirements for these issues.

Relevant Documentation

Prior to submitting an application the applicant must read the following documentation which outline the conditions of accreditation:

  1. TSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions
  2. TSV Maritime ATP Letter of Accreditation
  3. TSV Maritime ATP Administration Procedures
  4. TSV Maritime ATP Audit Guidelines
  5. TSV Maritime ATP Training Standards
  6. TSV Maritime ATP Application for Accreditation Form and Guideline

Application Process

Applications must be submitted using the attached application form. The application must:

  • be in writing,
  • specify the name, address and contact details of the applicant,
  • be on the attached form,
  • be accompanied by a documented Training & Assessment Strategy and Lesson Plans to deliver training and assessment against TSVMaritime ATP Training Standards. This plan must include a strategy for using qualified trainers and assessors with demonstrated skills and experience in recreational boating and/or commercial maritime qualifications, and having access to professional training facilities and resources as required,
  • be accompanied by lesson planscovering the scope of the Training and Assessment that is being applied for,
  • provides details of training and assessment resources, including staff, venues and management systems,
  • provide evidence that the applicant satisfies the insurance requirements for Workers’ Compensation, Public Liability and Professional Indemnity,
  • provide evidence of status as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO),
  • provide evidence of current commercial registration, and relevant certificate/s of survey for any commercial vessel utilised for training, in accordance with the MSA and MSR (the regulations) will need to be presented now or prior to commencing training,
  • Provide evidence that the applicant is a legal entity with a business name registered in the State of Victoria, and
  • Provide a current Working with Children check for each person involved in training will need to be presented now or prior to commencing training.

TSV will review applicationsagainst these criteria and make a determination as to whether the training provider has demonstrated their ability to deliver Training and Assessment to the required standard.TSV does not however bind itself to proceed any further with an application for accreditation, if in TSV’s view, the applicant does not meet the required criteria.

Where the applicant is successful,TSV will provide written approval and arrange formal signing of the TSV Maritime ATPTerms and Conditions. Any questions regarding new applications should be emailed to call the Senior Project Officer, Registration and Licensing on 03 9655 3307.

Where an applicant is unsuccessful, they may request that TSV conducts an internal review. This review will be conducted by TSV staff who were not involved in the original decision.

Lodgement of applications

Applications should mailed to the Senior Project Officer, Registration and Licensing, TSV, PO Box 2797, Melbourne, Victoria, 3001.

Training and Assessment Strategy

The Training and Assessment Strategy should address the following, as a minimum:

  • How the training staff will be recruited and kept updated with current issues in the maritime environment,
  • How the evidence of identity for applicants will be collected and recorded, with an emphasis on privacy and accuracy,
  • How training venues are to be assessed and reviewed for suitability and compliance with relevant occupational health and safety laws,
  • A brief outline of how course delivery will occur including the estimated duration of the course.Include a description of how participants with poor language, literacy and numeracy skills will be identified before the commencement of training,
  • A brief outline of the process for assessing applicants, including an estimate of the duration of the assessment,
  • A description of your process for continuing review of course content and delivery, and for ensuring consistency amongst your trainers, and
  • Insert a brief outline of how and how frequently feedback will be collected from participants and how this feedback will be used to improve the quality of training and assessment.

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Application for Accreditation Form

This application to be submitted to:

Senior Project Officer, Registration and Licensing

Transport Safety Victoria

PO Box 2797

Melbourne VIC 3001

Please complete all of the information requested in this application form and attach copies of evidence to support your application.

Application for (tick one or both of the following boxes):

□ Marine Licence and PWC endorsement training and assessment

□Commercial Course training and assessment

Training Provider Details

Business name
Trading name

Training Provider Head Office

Street addressline 1
Street address line 2
Postal address
Phone / Fax

Principal place of business (if different from above)

Principal place of business
Street address
Postal address
Phone / Mobile / Fax
Email / Website

Nominated Principal

The Nominated Principal is the person who has the authority to act on behalf of the Training Organisation in relation to all matters under the TSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions.

Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile

Nominated Liaison Officer

TheNominated Liaison Officer is the person who has day-to-day charge of the work to be performed in relation to theTSV Maritime ATP General Terms and Conditions.

Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile

Details of all staff who will be signing Certificates of Attainment if not the Nominated Principal or Liaison Officer.

Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile
Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile
Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile
Title / Surname / Givennames
Phone / Fax / Mobile

Note: If more than four persons will be signing Certificates of Attainment, please attach details.

List other supporting documents attached

Title / Description

Applicant Declaration

I (person’s name) ……………………………………………………………………… on behalf of (entity’s name) …………………………………………..declare that the information provided in the above application is true and correct.
Applicant Name: / Signature:
Date: ___ / ___ / __

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