To get your marine licence you need to take a marine licence knowledge test and an eyesight test. Visit the Visual impairment page for details. If you want to operate a Personal Watercraft (PWC) you will need to take an additional knowledge test to obtain a PWC endorsement.
The marine licence knowledge test can be taken at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre or with an accredited training provider. For a listing of approved training providers go to the Maritime Safety Victoria website.
Exceptions from sitting a marine knowledge test
Exceptions from sitting a marine knowledge test are:
- If you hold a valid Certificate of Competency issued by Transport Safety Victoria (formerly Marine Safety Victoria) in the last ten years and meet the health conditions. Commercial qualifications do not cover PWC endorsements. To obtain a PWC endorsement, you must undertake the PWC endorsement test
- If you hold an interstate or overseas marine licence and you have been operating in Victoria waters for a period not exceeding three months.
Marine licence knowledge test
The test has 30 multiple choice questions and you must answer at least 26 correctly to pass. There are an additional 15 questions for the personal watercraft endorsement (e.g. jetski) and you need to answer 13 correctly to pass.
These are two separate tests that will require two separate appointments. If you wish to complete both tests you must advise VicRoads when booking your appointments.
The test is available in English only and interpreters can be provided by VicRoads for applicants who speak a language other than English. Auslan interpreters can also be provided for deaf applicants.
Validity of test results
Marine licence knowledge tests taken at a VicRoads customer service centre are only valid for 12 months. If you don't pay for your marine licence within 12 months from the date you completed your test, you will have to re-sit the marine knowledge test.
Accredited training providers will issue you with a certificate which is valid for 12 months when you have passed your marine licence knowledge test and/or PWC endorsement test. Older certificates issued by an accredited training provider that are valid for up to five years from the date of issue will be accepted within this period. The validity period is located at the bottom of the certificate. A list of accredited training providers can be found on the Maritime Safety Victoria website
To have your marine licence issued you will need to attend a VicRoads Customer Service Centre and supply to the following:
Interstate and overseas marine licence holders
To get a Victorian marine licence you need to make an appointment at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre and bring your documentary evidence in English. You will still retain your interstate or overseas marine licence if you are issued with a Victorian marine licence.