MEOL (Y), Y4, Y3, Y2 & Y1 CoCs are still available until 31st December 2022!
In order to gain an MEOL, you will need to do some classroom training, some yacht and sea service, and finally an oral exam.
Depending on the amount of yacht and actual sea service you have accumulated, you may be able to go straight to Y4 or Y3 level. In order to be assessed as to the level at which you may enter the yachting certification process, you must download and submit the Letter of Initial Assessment application form
The courses you must undertake for MEOL(Y) are:
STCW Basic Safety Week (PST or RYA Basic Sea Survival/PSSR/Elementary First Aid/Basic Fire Fighting)
CPSC&RB/Advanced Sea Survival certificate
Advanced Fire Fighting
ENG1 Medical certificate
(if you are yet to receive any of these certificates, you can still apply for the NoE, but you will need to submit the certificates to the MCA after you have undertaken your oral exam)
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
You need to have 36 months service as a dual purpose deck/engineer officer, responsible for the maintenance and servicing of the vessel
24 months service as a yacht engineer responsible for system maintenance of yachts of 200kW or more in propulsion power.
Information about Service:
The qualifying yacht service must be performed in the engineering department. In the case of a dual role Engine⁄Deck 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 MEOL (Y), 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.
Your 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)
You will need to download the 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 MEOL oral exam. Click here for details.