Chief Mate & Master Unlimited

Chief Mate Unlimited

Once you have completed 12 months’ watchkeeping service whilst holding your OOW Unlimited CoC, you become eligible to apply for a Chief Mate Unlimited CoC provided you meet the following additional criteria;

Hold the following qualifications in addition to those required for OOW

STCW Proficiency in Medical Care
STCW HELM (M)
NAEST (M)

Pass SQA Chief Mate/Master Exams in

Navigation
Stability & Operation

Pass MCA Oral Examination B (Syllabus here)

If you achieved your OOW Unlimited CoC through the HNC qualification or the experienced seafarer route, then you will need to complete an additional period of education and training before being able to sit the SQA exams, this involves enrolling with a nautical college to complete HND units to the approved level. This is normally a combination of classroom teaching and distance learning.

As long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.

Master Unlimited

The upgrade path to a Master Unlimited CoC is relatively straightforward.

Firstly, you must hold a valid Chief Mate Unlimited CoC to ensure that you meet all the relevant education and training standards.

Secondly, you need to demonstrate 36 months’ watchkeeping service whilst holding your OOW Unlimited. This can be reduced to 24 months if 12 months of this service has been served in the capacity of Chief Mate whilst holding the Chief Mate Unlimited CoC.

Thirdly, you need to pass MCA Oral Examination A (Syllabus here)

Again, as long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.

Chief Mate & Master Unlimited - Further Information

Chief Mate & Master Unlimited

The information provided on this page is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of writing. Regulations are, however, updated by the MCA on a regular basis and requirements change accordingly. Whilst we do our best to keep as up to date as possible, the full details of the requirements for the Chief Mate and Master Unlimited CoC's are included in the relevant M-Notices, which are listed below.

MSN 1856

MSF 4274

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