Marine pilot licences
Find out about marine pilot licences, including how to qualify, how to apply, when they expire, and how to get an exemption.
A marine pilot is an experienced seafarer with extensive local knowledge who assists a vessel master with the safe navigation of their vessel.
The Department of Transport (DoT) licenses marine pilots for ports gazetted under the Shipping and Pilotage Act 1967.
To be eligible to apply for a marine pilot licence, you must:
- hold a current certificate of competency
- have satisfactorily completed an approved training course
- have completed trips acting as a pilot under the direct supervision of a licensed marine pilot
- have adequate skill and knowledge of the relevant pilotage area.