How to apply for a GMDSS STCW endorsement

MSF 4354: Application for initial STCW endorsement and subsequent revalidation to GMDSS certificate of competence


Application for initial STCW endorsement and subsequent revalidation to GMDSS certificate of competence (MSF 4354)

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Important COVID-19 Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are currently unable to accept any applications via post. Please submit all applications and supporting documents via email. Please note that scanned copies of supporting documents are currently acceptable. Please note this is subject to change, visit our webpage to stay up to date with the latest information – Click here. Please email your application to

Upon receipt, we will look to allocate your application to a processing officer as soon as we are able. They will assess your documentation and, provided you satisfy the requirements, issue you an electronic GMDSS STCW Endorsement.

This will hold a validity of 6 months from the date of issue.

Once we are able to resume normal service your application can be considered in full for the normal initial endorsement or 5 yearly revalidation procedure. If you have applied and paid for the return courier for the application now you will not need to make an additional payment.

Other information

If you are applying at the same time as a UK STCW CoC Revalidation you do not need to also complete or include this form. Please instead use MSF 4201

IMPORTANT - Before completing this form, please read the guidance notes and instructions on pages 4 and 5. 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 19 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Fixed invalid UK/EU courier fee link

  2. Added additional information regarding COVID-19's impact on GMDSS applications.

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

  4. Updated version of form.

  5. Application form updated with fee change.

  6. Application form updated

  7. Application form has been updated and title has been changed

  8. Form Update

  9. First published.