Letter of Initial Assessment
You will need a “Letter of Initial Assessment” if you are following any route other than a MNTB approved Cadetship (minimum 30 months' training) to Engineer Officer of the Watch. You will need the “Letter of Initial Assessment” in order to enrol at a MCA approved training college and it will indicate the training, education and sea service you require to attain your first Certificate of Competence.
Experienced Seafarers: We no longer issue LIAs for applicants following this route. If you meet the requirements you need to apply directly to a UK nautical college in order to register for the Engineer Officer of the Watch training programme. The requirements are detailed in MIN 468 and include:
Nautical Colleges offering this programme include: City of Glasgow College, South Tyneside College and Warsash Maritime Academy.
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You should complete an application form MSF 4352 (see below) and send with the required documents and fee to Seafarer Training & Certification Branch, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG. From the receipt of your documents.
Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, these applications may take up to 8-12 weeks but we will endeavour to process these as soon as we can.
|MSF 4352||Initial Assessment application form (PDF, 109KB)|
We can only make assessments based on original documentation, apart from the exceptions shown below in bold (UK Armed Forces & Experienced Seafarer only). You are advised to use registered post for such correspondence and we will return the documents in the same manner. You should submit:
|All Applicants||Apprentice||Armed Services||EC Graduate (degree/HND)||Yacht||Experienced Seafarers|
|STCW'95 training courses (if any)||STCW'95 training courses (if any)||STCW'95 training courses (if any)||STCW'95 training courses (if any)||STCW'95 training courses (if any)||STCW'95 training courses|
|Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)||Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)||Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)||Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)||Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)||Relevant specialist training courses (e.g. engine manufacturers course)|
|Declaration from employer stating relevant experience||Declaration from employers stating relevant experience||Declaration from employer stating relevant experience||Declaration from employer stating relevant experience||Declaration from employer stating relevant experience||Discharge book OR Certificates of Discharge|
|Apprenticeship papers||History Sheets||Certificates of academic achievement above secondary education||Discharge book, Certificates of Discharge OR Log Book||Sea Service Testimonials|
|Certificates of academic achievement above secondary education||Certificates of Service||Certified transcript of modules throughout studies (or yet to be taken if undergraduate)||Sea Service Testimonials||STCW'95 Certificate of Competence (including Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate)|
|Record of Employment||Apprenticeship papers|
|Certificates of academic achievement above secondary education||Certificates of academic achievement above secondary education|
|Note: If the applicant is currently serving then it acceptable to send in copies of your History Sheet and Record of Service, providing they are marked as certified true copies and signed by your Commanding Officer.||
Note: For assessment of eligibility to commence training under the "Experienced Seafarer Upgrade Scheme" (see MGN 278) we accept copies of documents required on board, i.e. discharge books and certificates of competence, providing each page copied is certified true by the Master or Chief Engineer and carries their signature.
The person certifying your documents should also supply a separate sheet detailing the following information:
Their full name
● Their date of Birth
● The Certificate of Competency number and grade
● The administration under which it was issued
We only accept original Sea Service Testimonials
Please do not include documentation that is not relevant to your application.
For further details please read:
|MGN 8||Education and Training Schemes|
|MGN 8 (Amendment)||Amendment to MGN 8|
|MGN 9||Procedure for the Issue and Revalidation of Certificates of Competency, Marine Engine Operator Licences and Tanker Endorsements|
|MGN 93||Certificates of Competency – Engine department|
|MIN 251||Amendments to the entry requirements for Engineer Officer Certificates of Competency|
|MGN 156||Certificates of Competency or Marine Engine Operator Licences for service as an Engineer Officer on commercially and privately operated yachts and sail training vessels|
|MIN 468||Experienced Seafarer to Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW)|
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