Take ferries as an example, a coxswain of local ferries must possess the Local Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate and certificates in relation to personal survival, first aid at sea, fire prevention and fire fighting, and radar and radio equipment, etc. Holders of Local Coxswain Grade 2 or Grade 3 Certificate may serve as an assistant coxswain on board local ferries, or serve as a coxswain on board some ferries with smaller size.
To become a coxswain of local ferries, one must first complete recognised maritime courses and training, and receive in-service training. Upon acquiring sufficient sea time, one may apply for the examination for a Local Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate. Having accumulated more sea time, one may sit for examinations to acquire Grade 2 and Grade 1 certificates progressively. After acquiring the Grade 1 certificate, the person is eligible to serve as a coxswain.