This certificate allows you to perform the duties or functions of Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.
To obtain a Watchkeeper deck certificate of competency you must meet the medical, sea service and course requirements listed below. The requirements depend on whether you are applying for an initial issue of a certificate of competency or you are applying to revalidate your existing certificate of competency.
These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about seafarer certificates under Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014, Marine Order 71 (Masters and deck officers) 2014, Marine Order 72 (Engineer officers) 2014, Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014 and Marine Order 74 (Master and deck officers – yachts) 2015. Please refer to these marine orders for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.