A licence is require in Tasmania when operating a vessel with a motor of 4hp or greater.
As of 1st November, 2004 the way a person gets a motor boat licence in Tasmania has changed. Prior to sitting the motor boat licence test an applicant will need to provide proof of boating experience and knowledge. There are two options available:
Motor Boat Licence Logbook
Document your sea-time and relevant experience in the Marine and Safety Tasmanian (MAST) Motor Boat Licence Logbook. Applicants must achieve 20 hours of experience in a registered power boat that is under the control of a licensed operator. Download the logbook. Of course, the boat must be equipped with the appropriate safety gear.Produce the signed log book at a Service Tasmania Shop or accredited training provider and sit the Motor Boat License test.
Practical Tuition Course
If an applicant is unable to gain 20 hours experience on a vessel, then they may choose to attend the MAST Practical Tuition for Recreational Trailer Boat Operators course with an accredited training provider. This involves on-water training in the required competencies. The Course is approximately 4-5 hours in duration. Once the training provider is confident the applicant has completed the competencies and other components of the course, a Course Completion Certificate will be forwarded to the participant by MAST. This certificate must be presented to the Service Tasmania Shop prior to sitting their licence test. It is highly recommended that new applicants without boating experience attend the accredited course. Some of these accredited training providers who are conducting the course are also are accredited examiners of the MAST Motor Boat Licence Test.
Visit the Marine & Safety Tasmania - MAST web site for more information.