How to become an Integrated Rating

Integrated Rating

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

Personal requirements for an Integrated Rating

  • 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

Education & Training for an Integrated Rating

To become an integrated rating you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for more information.You can become an integrated rating through a traineeship. 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 Safety 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.

Duties & Tasks of an Integrated Rating

Integrated ratings:

  • 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
  • Remove rust from, treat and paint the ship's sides and structures
  • Assist with maintaining 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.


  • Handles ropes and wires, and operates mooring equipment when berthing and unberthing..
  • Performs routine maintenance and checks on deck equipment, cargo gear, rigging, and lifesaving and fire fighting appliances..
  • Stands lookout watches at sea and adjusts the ship's course as directed..
  • Assists with cargo operations using on-board equipment and stows and secures cargo..
  • Patrols ships to ensure safety of the vessel, cargo and passengers..

Working conditions for an Integrated Rating

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.

Employment Opportunities for an Integrated Rating

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.


Integrated Rating

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

  • Average age
    Average age
    39 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    12% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    58 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Lower skill
  • Unemployment
    Higher Unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    78% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    2,700 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 0.3%
    NSW: 27.4%
    NT: 1.9%
    QLD: 27.6%
    SA: 5.8%
    TAS: 6.7%
    VIC: 9.7%
    WA: 20.3%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 5.1%
    20-24: 11.3%
    25-34: 24.8%
    35-44: 20.7%
    45-54: 22.4%
    55-59: 8.6%
    60-64: 4.4%
    65 and Over: 2.6%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 12.2%
    Bachelor degree: 8.5%
    Certificate III/IV: 35.9%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.6%
    Year 10 and below: 18.5%
    Year 11: 5.5%
    Year 12: 18.7%
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