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What is it?

The Ships’ Cook Certificate is a mandatory requirement for all chefs on commercially registered vessels operating more than 60 miles offshore, or with 10 or more crew on board.

This qualification is run in accordance with the requirements of MLC (Maritime Labour Convention) and the ILO (International Labour Organisation) with respect to ship’s cooks and other catering personnel to confirm that applicants have the necessary skills and knowledge.



  • be at least 18 years of age

  • have completed a minimum of 1 month of actual sea service service in any capacity

  • have completed training in accordance with the learning outcomes and assessment criteria set out in annex 1 and annex 2 MSN 1846 (M) MLC 2006 food and catering ship's cooks and catering staff - GOV.UK (

  • have completed the following standards of training certification and watchkeeping (STCW) basic safety courses:

    • personal survival techniques (STCW Code A-VI/1-1)

    • fire prevention and fire fighting (STCW Code A-VI/1-2)

    • elementary first aid (STCW Code A-VI/1-3)

    • personal safety and social responsibility (STCW Code A-VI/1-4)

    • security awareness

  • hold a current seafarer medical fitness certificate (ENG 1) or equivalent.


How to apply

Complete the MSF 4395 application form and post it together with the required documentation by post to:

Registry of Shipping & Seamen

Anchor Court

Keen Road


CF24 5JW


Should you not want to send your originals, we are authorised to issue certified copies for the MCA.

Ship Cooks Certificate

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