Certificate of Competency
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is an Executive Agency in the Department for Transport (DfT). One of its responsibilities is the issue of Certificates of Competency for Deck Officers and Marine Engineer Officers in the Merchant Navy, Certificates of Competency for Deck Officers and Marine Engineer Officers for Fishing Vessels and Certificates of Equivalent Competency for UK Merchant Ships and Fishing Vessels.
Written examinations for the Certificates of Competency are administered for and on behalf of the MCA by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Colleges throughout the UK offer courses leading to examinations for the Certificates of Competency: information on courses will normally be available from these colleges.