Certificate of competency


Image of certificate of competency

​​​​A certificate of competency is issued by the Danish Maritime Authority on the basis of your qualifications and experience.

You  can read more about the new STCW refresher requirements for seafarers here

Recording of seagoing service

Before applying for a certificate with requirements for seagoing service, you must record your seagoing service via "My page".

Here you can read more about seagoing service and find guidelines for how to record your seagoing service

Apply for your certificates online

You must apply for your certificates online. This is the case for the first issue, an upgrade, a renewal, a re-acquisition or if your certificate has gone lost.

When you apply, you must have your NemID and your credit card at hand. We request a fee of DKK 500 for the issue of a certificate. You must attach a digital photo against a  uniform background, which meets the rules of passport photos.

Apply for certificate

At the moment, we need an average of five days to consider your application, but in generally you should always apply well in advance.

Once you have filed your application, you will receive two emails. One confirming that the application has been received together with a case number, and one confirming receipt of your payment.

Should you have any questions or are required to forward additional documentation for your case, you must answer the email that you received together with your case number.

Issue of your certificate of competency for the first time

When you have passed your exam from one of our approved education and training institutions, you must forward your application for a certificate to the Danish Maritime Authority.

Here you can see which training programme is required for a specific certificate of competency (in Danish)

Upgrading your certificate of competency

Seagoing service is required to have your certificate upgraded. The requirements for seagoing service vary according to the type of certificate. The requirement for seagoing service is stipulated in the order on certificates of competency.

When you need to have your certificate of competency upgraded, you must be able to document completion of refresher course in basic maritime safety and fire-fighting with the STCW designations A-VI/1-1 and A-VI/1-2.

Renewal of certificate of competency

You can have your certificate of competency renewed if you have completed at least 12 months' seagoing service during the last five years or three months' seagoing service during the last six months. It must, however, have been in a position where you can maintain your certificate.

When you need to have your certificate of competency renewed, you must be able to document completion of refresher course in basic maritime safety and fire-fighting with the STCW designations A-VI/1-1 and A-VI/1-2.

Re-acquisition of certificate of competency

If you do not meet the requirements for renewal, you must re-acquire your certificates. Read more about re-acquisition in our guidelines below.

Guidelines on tests for renewal of certificates of competency for navigating officers and tanker operation certificates at management level

Guidelines - renewal of certificates of competency for engineer officers

GMDSS radio certificate

You must hold a valid GMDSS radio certificate in order to be issued with a certificate of competency as a navigating officer in merchant ships. Read more about radio certificates here.

Health certificate

In order to be issued with a certificate of competency, you must hold a valid health certificate, declaring that you are fit for ship service. Navigating officer must be fit for lookout duty.

In connection with medical examinations outside Denmark, the Danish medical certificate must be used. The Danish medical certificate and guidelines for the general practitioners must be brought along.

Certificates of competency for yachtsmen

You must apply for a certificate of competency as a yachtsman, 1st class or 3rd class, or for a certificate of proficiency in sailing for yachtsmen.

In order to apply, you must have passed a yacht master exam or a test for a certificate of proficiency for yachtsmen. In addition, you must be subject to a sight and hearing test for yachtsmen with a maritime doctor or an eye specialist. You yourself must pay for the examination.

Sight and hearing test certificate for yachtsmen

If you want a license as a powerboat operator in the form of a plastic, you must apply on the issue of certificates page.