What Are the Requirements for a Y1 CoC?

The Yacht Engineer CoC route is being phased out.

Yacht NoE applications are no longer being accepted by the MCA.

If you already hold a Yacht Engineer NoE, it will remain valid for use until its expiry date. JPMA continue to offer oral prep courses for the Yacht oral exams

Your written modules must be in date at the time of your CoC application.

In order to gain a Y1 CoC, you will need to do some classroom training, some yacht and sea service, and finally an oral exam.

Candidates may submit an application for a Letter of Initial Assessment if they already hold a large amount of yacht/sea service, or non-yachting certificates or have apprenticeship or other employment experience. To be assessed you must download and submit the relevant application form

NOTE: Updating Training for CoC applications– anyone serving on board ship, who holds any of the following certificates must, as of 1st January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating training within the last 5 years:

  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (CPSC & RB)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB)
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Fire Fighting

The course you must undertake for Y1 is:

Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level) certificate (if this wasn’t submitted with your Y2 CoC application)

Required Service:

12 Months service as a yacht engineer on motor yachts of at least 500gt and 1500kW or more in propulsion power, whilst in possession of the Chief Engineer Yacht 2 Certificate of Competency;


12 Months service as a yacht engineer on sailing yachts of at least 1000gt and 1500kW or more in propulsion power, whilst in possession of the Chief Engineer Yacht 2 Certificate of Competency; 


if you hold any Merchant Navy engineering qualifications, flow charts on pages 22, 23 & 24 of MSN 1859 show the entry routes for this CoC


Information about Service:
The qualifying yacht service must be performed in the engineering department. In the case of a dual role Engine‚ĀĄDeck candidate, half of the service is counted.

Yacht service is counted as the time spent on the vessel and excludes leave and other non-working time. At least 6 months of the yacht service must be within the 5 years preceding the application.

Yard & refitting time is accepted as yacht service, but is limited to 90 days. This cannot be counted towards actual sea service.

Actual sea service must be in the engine department onboard yachts, and is only applicable when you are actually at sea, on passage. A minimum of 4 hours or working duty in 24 hours would count as 1 full day of actual service.

Sea Service Verification Process – please click here to read about new regulations.


Applying for an NoE:

To do the final oral exam for Y1, you will need a Notice of Eligibility. This document is issued once the MCA have assessed your eligibility, and an oral exam cannot be booked until the NoE is issued.

The service needs to be proved with 2 forms of evidence for each vessel on which you are claiming service time. Usually a Testimonial and a Certificate of Discharge. If you have a discharge book, this can be used with a testimonial for each vessel, or if you are a member of the PYA they will attest your PYA logbook.

You must send a form of ID with your application. You can send a copy of your passport, signed by your Captain and with their CoC number noted, but you can also send any form of National ID – birth certificate or Discharge Book are usually easier to cope without!

This is all laid out in MSN 1859 (the Engineer testimonial and Certificate of Discharge can be found as an annex of the M Notice on pages 28, 29 & 30)

Update to Electronic NoE application process & online oral exams

You will need to download the NoE application form. You must complete the form and send all of your original certificates and testimonials to the MCA.
The NoE will be processed in about 28 days. Once the NoE is issued you are deemed eligible to take the oral exam.

JPMA offers oral preparation courses for the Y1 oral exam. Click here for details.