How to apply for a UK deck certificate of competency

Complete form MSF 4274, for a notice of eligibility (NOE) for an oral examination leading to the issue of a deck CoC (STCW) for masters, chief mates and OOW.


Application for an oral examination leading to the issue of a certificate of competency (STCW) for masters, chief mates and deck officers in the merchant navy (MSF 4274)

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Application Information

If this if your first UK CoC application, please post your application and supporting documents to UK Seafarer Services (Training & Certification), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG For all other applicants, please email your application and scanned documents to

Other information

It is important that the guidance notes and instructions on pages 6, 7 and 8 are read when completing the application.

Please provide an email address in block capitals for us to inform you that we have received your application.

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Published 17 April 2014
Last updated 22 December 2023 + show all updates
  1. Important information added to the payment section.

  2. New version of form available

  3. Field for Sponsoring Company Email Address (UK Cadets only) added to form

  4. COVID-19 update (unable to accept applications by post)

  5. Updated form version

  6. Application form updated with fee change.

  7. Application form updated

  8. Application form updated & summary updated

  9. Application form has been updated

  10. Title updated

  11. Removed 6 week warning as this is no longer in effect.

  12. New version of the Form available advising the new requirements as of 01/01/2017

  13. New form version

  14. First published.