What is the small vessel engineering certification?

Superyacht engineerThe MCA has brought into force a new alternative pathway to engineer qualifications. This will help simplify the number and levels of qualifications across the superyacht and other small commercial vessels sector.

The MCA has pulled together the pre-existing qualifications for engineer officers, leading to certificates of competency (CoC) restricted to yachts only, into a single generic qualification called 'Engineer Officer Small Vessel Certificate of Competency'. The details for the new pathway are covered within MIN 524.

The small vessel (SV) certification is for engineer officers wanting to work on:

  • commercial yachts,
  • tugs,
  • large workboats,
  • fishing vessels,
  • stand-by seismic survey vessels,
  • oceanographic research vessels, or
  • government patrol vessels.  

When does this all change?

The MCA will allow the current Y4, Y3 and Y2 (yacht restricted) courses to continue to run until 1 July 2021, as per MIN 524. We are phasing out Y4 in December 2017, and Y3 and Y2 from May 2018.  

Our Small Vessel Certificate of Competence course schedule is as follows:

  • January 2018 start for Second Engineer (SV) >9,000kW & 3,000GT
  • June 2018 start for Chief Engineer (SV) >3,000kW & 500GT and >9,000kW & 3,000GT

What routes are available?

  1. Standard MCA approved programme
  2. Experienced seafarer route for experienced seafarers serving on small vessels
  3. Alternative route - for those with existing engineering qualifications such as graduate engineer / HND / HNC / apprentice.

Can I convert from the current system to the new system?

Yes. There are numerous ways in which MIN 524 allows for the transition from the current Y4, Y3 and Y2 qualifications to the new small vessel engineer qualification. Check MIN 524 for guidance.

How to book

We are taking bookings now for our SV courses starting from January 2018. Please contact the admissions team for more information. Online booking will be available soon.

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004
Email: wma.training@solent.ac.uk

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