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Integrated Rating

VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Minimum Age 18+ Medical Exams

Also known as Merchant Mariner, Merchant Seafarer and Sailor.

Integrated ratings carry out maintenance and lookout duties on the decks and in the engine rooms of merchant ships.

Integrated ratings may spend long periods at sea.

When steering the ship, on lookout duty or on watch, integrated ratings work under the direction of the officer of the watch.

When in the engine room, they work under the direction of engineering officers.

Integrated ratings may be required to work in confined spaces following safety protocols.


    Integrated ratings may perform the following tasks:

  • maintain deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances
  • assist with standing lookout at sea, and alert deck officers when other vessels, navigation marks or hazards are sighted
  • steer the ship under supervision
  • secure cargoes and splice wires and ropes
  • handle rope and wire mooring lines, gangways and ladders when the ship is berthing and unberthing
  • maintain the cleanliness of decks and structures
  • renove rust from, treat and paint the ship's sides and structures
  • assist with maintaining a watch in the ship's engine room
  • assist with maintaining and repairing the ship's engines and mechanical equipment
  • participate in safety drills under the direction of the ship's officers
  • clean the ship's cargo compartment and the fresh water, ballast and oil tanks


  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • enjoy manual activities
  • able to pass a medical examination and eyesight test
  • normal colour vision
  • enjoy life at sea
  • mechanical aptitude

Interest Area

Manual/Practical Outdoor Technical/Engineering


VOC Course Subject Prerequisites Traineeship Year 10 Preferred Minimum Age 28+ Medical Exams

To become an integrated rating you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in maritime operations (integrated rating). As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for more information.

You can also become an integrated rating through a traineeship in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating).

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In addition, you will need to complete nine months of sea time on board a seagoing ship prior to being awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Integrated Rating by the Australian Maritime Authority (AMSA).

    Integrated ratings must be over 18 years of age at the time of completing their qualifications. In order to serve on board a ship, you will need to qualify for and obtain an AMSA Certificate of Medical Fitness.


Integrated ratings work on coastal and overseas ships. There is a relatively small number of ships in the Australian merchant fleet, so positions can be competitive. There is an increasing demand for integrated ratings in the Australian offshore oil and gas industry.

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