If you do not currently hold a CoC, and feel that you would rather work towards the unlimited SV Second Engineer <3000GT & <9000kW CoC instead of a Y4 or SV 2nd Engineer limited to Yachts, there are 2 routes available to you:
- The ‘Experienced Seafarer Route’ detailed in MIN 524, in section 3.4. This is based on you already having some seatime under your belt, with no previous qualifications.
- The ‘Alternative Route’ detailed in MIN 524, in section 3.5. This is based on you having relevant previous qualifications that may exempt you from undertaking certain courses or reduce your service requirements (this is similar to the Letter of Initial Assessment that is available to Engineers entering the Yacht CoC route)
To undertake the Experienced Seafarer Route you must contact an MCA-approved training provider to obtain a Training Record Book. To obtain a Training Record Book you must meet the following requirements: :
- 24 months actual sea service on vessels of at least 200kw (see note below if you are a Yacht Engineer)
- Hold an Approved Engine Course I & II (AEC I & II);
- Hold basic STCW safety training certificates (less than 5 years old, or updated);
- Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code A-VI/1-1);
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Code A-VI/1-2);
- Elementary First Aid (STCW Code A-VI/1-2);
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW Code A-VI/1-4).
Once you have obtained a Training Record Book, in addition to meeting the above requirements you must complete the following requirements to be issued with a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) to sit an MCA Oral examination:
- A further 11 months of actual sea service on vessels of 350kw, including at least 6 months engaged in watchkeeping or UMS (Unmanned Machinery Spaces) duties (see note below if you are a Yacht Engineer)
- Completion of SV Training Record Book during this sea service;
- 2 Weeks MCA-approved initial Workshop Skills Training followed by; 2 weeks actual sea service on yachts of at least 350 kW or 2 weeks of MCA-approved additional Workshop Skills Training.
Sea Service Allowance for Yacht Engineers Undertaking Experienced Seafarer Route:
The MCA understand that seafarers serving on Yachts would face difficulties in completing the amount of sea service required for the full SV 2nd Engineer CoC, and have made provision for this, stating that for the SV (Unlimited) CoCs, sea service performed on Yachts will be counted as 1.5 times the number of days actually spent underway.
Therefore a Yacht engineer applying under the Experienced Seafarer route would need to provide 24 months yacht service and 16 months actual sea service to obtain the TRB, and a further 11 months yacht service and 7.5 months actual sea service whilst holding the TRB.
NOTE: this rule cannot be used for calculating yacht service towards a ‘Yacht only’ restricted SV Second Engineer CoC or the Yacht Conversion Routes in Annex A of MIN 524.
You are able to claim 3 months or 25% (whichever is least) of the required sea service for your service in shipyards, repair berth, anchorage and at lay-up.
To undertake the Alternative Route you must apply to an MCA-approved training provider for an Action Plan.
You will be eligible for this route if you have completed a suitable engineering qualification and/or work based apprenticeship. This will include:
- Graduates or Higher National Diploma (HND)/Higher National Certificate (HNC) holders in mechanical/aeronautical/marine/electromechanical or an engineering programme that comprises of at least four of the following six modules: applied mechanics, applied heat, mathematics, engineering drawing , naval architecture and ship construction and electro-technology;
- Suitable engineering apprenticeship (NVQ level 2 or above) holders. Examples could include, but not limited to Mechanical, Marine Engineering and Diesel Fitter. Relevant apprenticeships must have been completed in an EU state, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
The following training and seagoing service will also be assessed for eligibility onto the Alternative Route:
- Royal Navy engineering: service, training and qualifications;
- Naval engineering: service training and qualifications from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Action Plan will draw on the requirements below:
All applicants must complete a minimum of 6 months’ actual sea service engaged in watchkeeping duties or UMS duties. Sea service must be completed on vessels of at least 350 kW and you must document your onboard training during this period in an approved Small Vessel Training Record Book (TRB) plus, in addition to the requirements detailed below, one of the following:
- An additional 2 weeks actual sea service on vessels of at least 350 kW or
- 2 weeks of further MCA-approved additional Workshop Skills Training
In addition you must complete one of the following, which will be highlighted in the Action Plan, and must be gained AFTER the Action Plan is issued:
(i) A Graduate (Degree), a holder of an MCA-approved HND in Marine Engineering Qualification or an engineering apprenticeship (NVQ level 3 or above), must complete a further 5 months’ of actual sea service on vessels of at least 350 kW.
(ii) An HND holder must complete a further 8 months’ of actual sea service on vessels of at least 350 kW.
(iii) An HNC holder must complete a further 11 months’ of actual sea service on vessels of at least 350 kW.
The courses that you must undertake for both routes towards this CoC are:
- Approved Engine Course I & II (AEC I & II) NOTE – the AEC courses are required for the issue of your TRB, and must be done prior to the three SV written modules listed below
- 2 weeks Workshop Skills Training (similar to the Skills Test that is currently required for Y4, but 2 weeks instead of 1)
- CPSC&RB/Advanced Sea Survival certificate¹
- Advanced Fire Fighting certificate
- Proficiency in Medical First Aid Aboard Ship
- SV Marine Diesel Engineering certificate
- SV Auxiliary Equipment I certificate
- SV Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services & Ship Construction certificate
- Human Element Leadership & Management (Operational) certificate
Note that your Action Plan may exempt you from AEC I & II and Workshop Skills Training. You must also have a valid 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
¹ NOTE: if you submit an Advanced Sea Survival/Restricted PSC&RB certificate, your CoC will be endorsed as follows: “not for use on ships equipped with davit launched lifeboats”