Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt)

To work as an Officer on watch for vessels up to 3000gt, you will be required to hold an Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency.

Before you can obtain the MCA Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency you must complete a number of OOW (Yacht) and MCA Ancillary courses to qualify to sit the Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency oral examination.

Please see the list of required training and certification below.

Required Certification Courses for Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) :

General Ships Knowledge (OOW Yachts)

Navigation and Radar (OOW Yachts)

Required Ancillary Courses for Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt):

Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (Restricted) 

GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)

Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level)

Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)

Recommended Additional Courses for Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt):

Orals Preparation Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt)

To qualify for the Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency Oral examination you will be required to hold the the pass certificates from the training courses above and also meet the following entry requirements.

Entry Requirements for OOW (Yachts less Than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency (CoC) Oral Examination

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Hold either; An RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and a certificate of successful completion of a shorebased Yachtmaster Offshore course or IYT Master of Yachts Limited
  • STCW Basic Safety Training
  • Hold a valid ENG1 (medical fitness certificate) or accepted equivalent
  • Have completed a Yacht Training Record Book (Note: Not required if the candidate can provide evidence of 36 months actual sea service in vessels of at least 24 metres in load line length)
  • Since the age of 16 have obtained a minimum of 36 months’ onboard yacht service. This must include at least 365 days seagoing service on vessels of 15 metres or over in load line length, made up of:
    • A minimum of 250 days’ ACTUAL sea going service and
    • 115 days of any combination of the following:
      • Actual sea service
      • Stand-by service – A maximum of 14 consecutive days may be counted at one time, but on no occasion may a period of standby service exceed that of the previous voyage;
      • Yard service – up to a maximum of 90 days continuously or in separate periods;

Please Note: The above entry requirements are not required to attend the training courses for Officer of the Watch (Yachts less than 3000gt), However are required to apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and sit the final CoC Oral Examination. Full details can be found on the MCA Oral Examination Form MSF 4343.

For full Training and Certification Guidance of the UK requirements of Deck Officers on Large Yachts (over 24m) please refer to MSN 1858.


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