A certificate of competency is issued by the Danish Maritime Authority on the basis of your qualifications and experience.
You can apply for certificate of competency and read more about the requirements on this page.
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
STCW Refresher requirements
Before a certificate of competency can be issued, the STCW Refresher requirements must be met. You can read more about the requirements here. You will also be able to read about other refresher requirements.
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 855 for the issue of a certificate. You must attach a digital photo against a uniform background, which meets the rules of passport photos.
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.
In connection with future email enquiries, please leave out sensitive information, such as your social security number, since the internet connection is not encrypted. However, if you do submit documentation containing your social security number, please cover the last four digits.
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, you will also find which certificate the training programme eventually can lead to.
The first certificate of competency must be issued no later than 5 years after the diploma is issued, otherwise there might be additional requirements, i.e. validation of the exam.
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.
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.
Certificate of competency for dual ship officers
Seafarers with dual exam can obtain a certificate of competency as a dual ship officer.
To renew or upgrade this, seagoing service must be obtained in a dual position onboard.
If you do not obtain seagoing service in a dual position, the seagoing service is obtained as a navigator or engineer, and the required amount of seagoing service thus follows the general requirements for navigator and engineer certificates.
If you have certificate as dual, but do not serve as dual, or obtain sufficient seagoing service as a navigator or engineer, you will not be able to maintain the dual certificate.
If you serve exclusively as a navigator, you will be able to maintain the lowest level as an engineer, watchkeeping engineer, in your dual certificate.
If you serve exclusively as an engineer, you will not be able to maintain the navigator part of your dual certificate.
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.
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.
Medical certificates are accepted from countries that has implemented the STCW convention and ratified the MLC.
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. Certificates of competency are applicable for recreational crafts with a hull length between 15 and 24 metres.
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 or personal watercraft operator in the form of a plastic, applicable for recreational crafts with a hull length below 15 metres, please read more on the issue of certificates page.
Re-acquisition of certificate of competency
If you do not meet the requirements to renew or if your certificate has expired, you must re-acquire your certificates.