Small Vessel Chief Engineer <3000GT & <9000kW CoC

This is one of the new Small Vessel Chief Engineer CoCs, which is a similar level to the old Y1 CoC.

You can obtain this CoC either by converting your current Yacht Engineer CoC, or by following the route from your Small Vessel Engineer CoC.

Information on the conversion routes from Yacht to Small Vessel CoCs can be found here.

In order to gain an SV Chief Engineer <3000/<9000 CoC whilst holding an SV 2nd or Chief <500/<3000 Engineer CoC, you will need to do some classroom training, some sea service, and finally an oral exam.

The courses that you must undertake for this are:

SV Chief Engineer Statutory & Operational Requirements certificate¹

SV Auxiliary Equipment II certificate¹

Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level) certificate¹

SV Applied Marine Engineering certificate

General Engineering Science I certificate²

General Engineering Science II certificate²

¹ NOTE: these courses are only required if you currently hold the SV 2nd Engineer CoC. If you did these courses for your SV Chief <500/<3000 CoC you do not need to complete them again.

²NOTE: if you hold a relevant engineering qualification (degree, HND/HNC or equivalent) you may be eligible for exemptions from General Science I & II, click here to apply

Required Service:

You must prove a minimum of 6 months sea service on vessels of at least 350 kW and 6 months seagoing service on vessels of at least 750 kW whilst holding an SV Second Engineer CoC


Complete 6 months seagoing service on vessels of at least 750 kW whilst holding SV Chief Engineer <500/<3000 CoC (if seagoing service has already been completed on vessels of at least 750kW to gain SV Chief Eng. 500GT CoC then you may complete this on 350kW vessels)

Calculating Sea Service

Actual sea service is defined as time spent on board a ship, relevant to the issue of the certificate or other qualification being applied for. Sea service must be in the engineering department reckoned from the date of engagement to the date of discharge. At least 6 months of the qualifying sea service must have been performed within the 5 years immediately preceding the date your application is received by the MCA.

A month is defined as a calendar month or 30 days if made up of periods less than 1 month.

Sea service may be performed on vessels of any flag.

Sea service must be performed on vessels proceeding to sea. Proceeding to sea means, beyond the categorised waters around the coast of the United Kingdom or beyond the harbour limits for waters outside the United Kingdom.

NOTE: Sea Service Allowance/Exemption for Yacht Engineers:

The MCA understand that seafarers serving on Yachts would face difficulties in completing the amount of sea service required 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.

At least 75% of the required sea service must be performed while the vessel is underway on sea passage. Sea service (steaming time) will be calculated from the sea service testimonials. 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.

If you are applying for an SV Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency, your seagoing service must be spent performing engine room watchkeeping duties while in FULL CHARGE of the entire watch or performing UMS duties.
Watchkeeping service is defined as time spent on an engine room watch, for a minimum of 4 hours out of every 24 hours.

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

Applying for an NoE

To do the final oral exam, 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!

It should be noted that written exam pass certificates have a validity of only three years. If your module pass certificates are more than 3 years old when you apply for an NoE you will have to submit new pass certificates to the MCA before they will issue an NoE.

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 SV Chief Engineer oral exam. Click here for details.