Your Merchant Navy Certificate of Competency.

A Professional Certificate of Competency (CoC) is issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the UK. This provides you with the international recognition that you require in order to work at sea as a Ship's Deck, Engineer or Electro-Technical officer. It defines the role that you are qualified to undertake and the types of vessels you will be able to work on. All the SSTG sponsorship opportunities lead to the award of an Unlimited CoC allowing you to work on any size vessel trading anywhere in the world.

What do you need to qualify for a Professional Certificate of Competency?

To qualify for a Certificate of Competency you will need to complete the following:

  • Prior to commencing training
    Meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the programme you are applying for.

  • Completed during the college phases
    Specified academic and ancillary professional training.

  • Completed during the sea phases
    A minimum amount of sea service and watchkeeping, and to gain the necessary practical experience whilst recording the details in an approved Training Record Book.

  • The MCA Oral Examination
    This will usually be the last element of your training prior to qualifying for a Certificate of Competency. This will be a one-to-one interview with an examiner who will be an ex seafarer who will have gained many years of experience whilst working at sea.


Updated:     February 2018.