A task book helps you record the practical training and experience on board a vessel. Recording your sea service allows you to make the best use of your time on vessels. The task book contains practical tasks that you must carry out on board a vessel. Completing these tasks will assist you to gain the qualifications you need to become a competent Coxswain, Master, Watchkeeper or Engineer.
You are not required to complete your task book for the issue of your certificate of competency. Completing the task book will let you reduce the amount of sea service you are required to do. The reduction in sea service for a completed task book depends on the certificate of competency and your previous experience, but it will be reduced by at least 50 per cent. You can get a task book for all certificates of competency other than General Purpose Hand.
You are responsible for the safe keeping of your task book throughout your training. You will also need to submit your task book to a registered training organisation and final assessor if your training course or certificate requires you to.