Your hassle-free guide to applying for an OOW 3000 NOE

Each year our PYA advisors spend a large portion of their time helping yacht crew navigate through the large list of information required in support of their Notice of Eligibility Application (NOE) for OOW 3000. Due to the fairly comprehensive list of supporting documents required by the MCA, it often creates a lot of ‘toing and froing’ to ensure all the necessary information is submitted. 

We encourage all members to plan ahead before the season comes to an end to ensure their application for OOW 3000 NOE goes as smoothly as possible.

Documents required

All the documents listed below (taken from Section 4A of the OOW 3000 NOE application) need to be submitted alongside your OOW 3000 NOE application.

  1. MSF 4343 NOE Application filled in and signed by you, in original;

  2. Attested Copy of Passport and Visa if applicable;

  3. Your PYA Service Record Book in original;

  4. Two countersigned passport photographs (PYA can countersign your photos and also sign the counter-signature in section 6 in your application; alternatively, refer to page 10 of NOE application, for instructions);

  5. MCA recognised Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence/Master of Yachts Limited/Yachtmaster Coastal/Master of Yachts Coastal;

  6. MCA recognised Yachtmaster Offshore Shore-based Certificate (not required if YM was issued before 31/7/03);

  7. Personal Survival Techniques STCW A-VI/1-1 (after 1st January 2017 updated or issued < 5 years);

  8. Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting STCW A-VI/1-2 (after 1st January 2017 updated or issued < 5 years);

  9. Elementary First Aid STCW A-VI/1-3;

  10. Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities STCW A-VI/1-4;

  11. Valid Medical Fitness Certificate (ENG1);

  12. MCA approved Training Record Book (PYA Membership includes a free printed and bound TRB) dully filled in and signed;

Additional documents

The following documents can either be sent with your NOE application or later, but need to be sent before the issuance of your CoC:

  1. PSC&RB/ PSC&RB(R) (STCW A-VI/2) OR Advanced Sea Survival for Yachtsmen

  2. MCA approved Navigational & Radar (OOW Yachts) Training Module and pass certificate (<3 years old)

  3. An MCA approved ECDIS course

  4. MCA approved General Ship Knowledge (OOW Yachts) and pass certificate (<3 years old)

  5. MCA approved Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Course

  6. MCA approved HELM Operational Certificate

  7. GMDSS General Operators Certificate or Restricted Operators Certificate


The MCA takes an average of 28 days to process your NOE application and issue the NOE to you, so plan in advance to ensure you have all of your documents ready to submit with your application.

Our PYA advisors can, if requested, certify photocopies of your passport and certificates if you don’t wish to send your originals to the MCA (provided they have seen originals or certified copies).

Feel free to contact a member of our team who can help you with your NOE application and answer any queries you might have or book an appointment with our specialist advisor at