Certificate of Equivalent Competency

The Certificate of Equivalent Competency may be issued, on application to the MCA, to officers who are not UK nationals but who hold STCW or fishing vessel certificates issued by certain other maritime administrations.   The MCA will need to be satisfied that there are no significant differences from the standards which are applied to candidates for the UK’s existing Certificates of Competency.

All applicants for Certificates of Equivalent Competency should contact MCA Headquarters or Marine Offices for an application form.   On receipt of completed application forms and appropriate supporting documentation the MCA will send a Notice of Assessment, stating whether or not they fall short of any of the requirements for a Certificate of Equivalent Competency.

UK Legal and Administrative Process (UKLAP)

All applicants will be required to take a written examination to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of UK law and administrative processes through the medium of written English, unless they hold appropriate qualifications.  This examination will be administered by SQA and held overseas, under the supervision of the British Council.   Alternatively, the test can be taken as an oral exam, carried out by the MCA at a Marine Office in the UK.  SQA can supply a contact number for a UK Marine Office on request.

Applicants should note that only the MCA can state the requirements necessary for the issue of a Certificate of Equivalent Competency.

The marking process for the UKLAP examination is administered by SQA and results issued approximately 4 weeks from the examination date.

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