Maritime Education and Training Ireland

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Training Courses and Medical Fitness Certificates

Maritime Education and Training centres providing courses in Ireland must be approved by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to deliver courses leading to Certificates of Competency and ancillary training for Certificates of Proficiency.  You can find details of these and other training course providers on this website.

 

 

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Certificate of Equivalent Competency (STCW)

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport recognises Certificates of Competency, issued by other countries, for service as officer on Irish merchant ships in the following capacities.

 

Master | Chief Mate | Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch | Chief Engineer | Second Engineer | Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch | Electro-Technical Officer

 

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Certificate of Competency (Fishing)

Fishing is a strictly regulated profession. Certificates of Competency are issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for service as officer on fishing vessels in the following capacities. 

 

Skipper Full | Skipper Limited | Second Hand Full | Second Hand Special | Second Hand Limited | Class 1 Engineer | Class 2 Engineer | Class 3 Engineer

 

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Certificate of Competency (Domestic)

Certificates of Competency are issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for service on merchant ships trading on domestic voyages only, in the following capacities. 

 

Master of Passenger Boat | Master Domestic Passenger Ships of less than 100 Passengers | Master Domestic Cargo Ships of less than 200 Gross Tonnage | Master Domestic Cargo Ships of less than 300 Gross Tonnage | Master Domestic Cargo Ships of less than 500 Gross Tonnage | Master Ships engaged on Government Service, less than 24m length, within 30 miles of the Irish Coastline | Marine Engine Operator Licence

 

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Certificate of Competency (STCW)

Seafaring is a strictly regulated profession. Certificates of Competency are issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for service as officer on merchant ships in the following capacities.

 

Master | Chief Mate | Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch | Chief Engineer | Second Engineer | Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch | Electro-Technical Officer       

 

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Certificate of Competency (Radio)

Operation of a two way radio on a ship, fishing vessel or pleasure craft may only be carried out by a person who is qualified to do so or under the supervision of a qualified person.  Certificates of Competency for radio operators are issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the following capacities. 

 

GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC) | GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC) | Long Range Operators Certificate (LRC) | Short Range Operators Certificate (SRC)

 

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Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of proficiency are issued by or under the authority of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for service as a rating on merchant ships in the following capacities. 

Able Seafarer Deck | Able Seafarer Engine | Electro-technical Rating | Rating forming part of the Navigational Watch | Rating forming part of the Engineering Watch | Cook

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Special Training for Personnel on Tankers

Personnel serving on tankers require special training. Certificates of proficiency are issued by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport for service on tankers in the following capacities. 

Oil Tanker | Chemical Tanker | Liquefied Gas Tanker

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ECDIS

The Master and all Navigational Officers of Irish Flagged vessels, which have ECDIS as their primary means of navigation, are required to have completed both generic and ship specific equipment ECDIS training. Training incorporating ECDIS is carried out at operational and management level in Navigational Aids and Equipment Simulator Training.

 

NAEST (O) | NAEST (M)

 

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Pleasure and Recreational Craft

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport recommends that all operators of pleasure and recreational craft undertake some form of appropriate training before they take a boat out on the water.  Training is available for boat handling, navigation, radiocommunications, first aid and personal survival techniques

 

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Seafarer Information System

Obtain Seafarer Identification Number

You will need a Seafarer Identification Number before any certificate is issued to you. 

If you already hold a Certificate of Competency or a Radio Certificate a Seafarer Identification Number will have been assigned to you and you can access it through this website.

You can also apply for a Seafarer Identification Number if you do not have one already.

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Certificate Provider log in

If you are a Certificate Provider you can log in through this website to issue certificates.

If you are a Certificate Provider and have not yet been issued with log in details please contact the Mercantile Marine Office.

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Verification of Certificates of Competency

If you are a Maritime Administration or other body with a legitimate interest you may apply to the Mercantile Marine Office for access to the Register of Seafarers where you can check the validity of a Certificate of Competency. 

If you have been issued with login details already you can login through this website to verify Certificates of Competency.

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Seafarer Training Providers

Maritime Education and Training centres providing courses in Ireland must be approved by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to deliver courses leading to Certificates of Competency and ancillary training for Certificates of Proficiency.  You can find details of training course providers on this website.

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SIS Training Videos

Short videos are available showing you:

 

  • How to register and login as a seafarer
  • How to issue certificates for courses that you provide
  • How to upload examination results
  • How to verify a certificate of competency or proficiency
  • How to register for a verification account

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General Information

Seafarer Discharge Book and Seafarer ID Card

Seafarers Discharge Books are used to record the dates of engagement and discharge on board ships and a seafarer may use the discharge book as evidence of sea service. They may also be used by a seafarer to show that they are free to sign on for service on a ship and are not otherwise engaged on another vessel.

A seafarer’s identity card may be used as proof of identity.

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Oral Examinations

Oral examinations for Certificates of Competency and Marine Engine Operator Licences are held by appointment with an Examiner at the Marine Survey Office.  If you meet the qualifying conditions for a Certificate of Competency you can make an appointment for examination by contacting the Mercantile Marine Office.

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Application Forms and Fees

The Mercantile Marine Office, Dublin handles all application and queries related to seafarer certification and examinations.

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Replacement Certificates

If you have lost your Certificate of Competency or it has been stolen a replacement certificate may be issued to you.  You will need to explain the circumstances of the loss and if it has been stolen then you must make a report to the Gardai.  If your certificate has been lost through shipwreck or fire there is no fee for the replacement certificate.

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Examination Directions

The Directions as to the Examination of Engineer Officers, Electro-technical Officers, Marine Engine Operators and Engine Room Ratings under the Merchant Shipping Acts provide more specific detail about the entry requirements for various grades of certificates and should be read by all applicants for a certificate. 

The Directions as to the Examination of Deck Officers under the Merchant Shipping Acts provide more specific detail about the entry requirements for various grades of certificates and should be read by all applicants for a certificate.

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Dates of Examinations for Certificates of Competency

The dates for oral and written examinations conducted on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport are decided in advance.

Information on the venues, rules of examination and dates for examinations for certificates of competency are available on this site.

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Medical Fitness Certificates

Seafarers that work on commercial vessels are required to have a Medical Fitness Certificate.  Medical fitness certificates are issued with a maximum validity of two years and are issued only by approved doctors following a medical and eyesight examination.

We strongly recommend that anyone considering a career at sea obtains a Medical Fitness Certificate before starting any training courses.  Any defects in health and/or colour vision may severely restrict your ability to work at sea.

Refer to MARINE NOTICE No. 38 of 2014 Seafarer Medical Examinations Scheme - Medical and Eyesight Standards & List of Approved Doctors for details.

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Instructions to Masters - Engagement of Crew & Official Log

Instructions to Masters regarding engagement of Crew and Maintaining an Official Log as provided by the Merchant Shipping Acts



The importance of keeping both crew agreements and official log-books properly and making all necessary entries at the proper time and in the proper form is strongly impressed on Ships Masters.  By neglecting to do so they render themselves liable to heavy penalties. To secure compliance with the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Acts the following instructions, while not exhaustive, should be strictly observed.

 

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Careers at Sea

A career at sea can be a very rewarding choice. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport does not offer careers advice however there are a number of government sponsored sites that provide details on careers at sea and the training courses available.

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Employer and Vessel Owner

If you are an employer of seafarers or a vessel owner you can find out more information about manning, Certificates of Equivalent Competency and issuing watch rating certificates. 

 

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