There is a difference between the certificate which can be obtained at our school, and the so called ‘Certificate of Competence’ (CoC).
In order to become a qualified sailor you will need a CoC….
task book and certificate of proficiency
From diploma to proficiency
In order to be able to request a certificate of competency, which enables you to muster on a vessel, you need a so-called certificate of proficiency.
In order to get this, you need to sail a total of at least 6 months (180 days) and fill in a task book (which can be obtained from the school). The captain or mate will sign off tasks which are performed by you during your time at sea.
If all the appropriate tasks are signed off, you come to us (the EZS) and hand over your task book. It can also be sent at your own risk or scanned and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will verify all the information that has been filled in and supply you with a certificate of proficiency. This means that we will get in contact with the officer or captain that has signed-off the tasks in the book.
All tasks have to be performed during the last 4 years on ships 'under class', or a vessel which is used as a training vessel. The director determines if a ship is suitable.
50% of the time may be spent at innerwater vessels, the same goes for motorized vessels. It goes without saying that in that case only the appropriate tasks can be signed off.
It is advised to also attain a Seamans book to register your time at sea.
Copies from the task book will not be accepted!
Be aware! Registering and signing off of tasks is a serious matter, please make sure that the officer or captain is aware of your progress. He or she takes a responsibility when it comes to teaching you all the necessary skills.
From proficiency to competency
With your certificate of proficiency, your Marcom certificate, your basic safety and your first aid/medical care you go to KIWA (www.kiwaregister.nl) and apply for a certificate of competency.
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The Task book itself costs €20,-. The costs for settling and handing off the certificate of proficiency are €150,-
Please take into account that a minimum of two weeks will be needed to settle your request! In the holidays (July, August, December), and during the examination in April this may take longer.
KIWA itself will charge costs for the issuing of a certificate of competency.
Phone nr. +31 70 41 44 888.
CoC’s for the European Inner Waters can be obtained at the CBR (cbr.nl). Combined with the KZV diploma and sufficient time spent on these waters (two seasons) you can obtain a Sailing Certificate for the Inner Waters. This allows you to skipper Inner water based sailing vessels in Holland.
what to do when your certificate of competence is expired
The regulations make a distinction between CoC's that have expired less than five years ago and those that have expired more than five years ago.
If a (sail) CoC has expired less than five years ago, there are three options for seafarers to obtain a valid CoC.
These options are:
1. Obtaining a new Certificate of Proficiency issued by us, through an ‘accreditation of prior learning’
2. Gaining three months of experience in the six months preceding the date of the application for renewal in a position that can be considered relevant for the renewal of the CoC; this involves a position at a level higher than the manning levels indicated in the Minimum Safe Manning Certificate
3. Gaining three months of experience in the six months preceding the date of the application for renewal in a position that can be considered relevant for the renewal of the CoC; this involves a position within the manning level, but at a lower level than that for which the expired CoC was valid In practice, the latter option means that a seafarer with an expired CoC as Master may sail for three months as Officer in charge of a navigational watch based on an officially issued CoC.
The official CoC is valid for 12 months but has the same external look as a regular CoC. After this time, the seafarer may be considered once again eligible for obtaining a qualification as Master. The option of fulfilling the three-month requirement in the position of Chief Mate is not available to a seafarer, since a Chief Mate acts as the
This provision does not apply to seafarers with an expired CoC as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch , because there is no relevant lower qualification for these positions.
If the CoC has expired more than five years ago, there is only one possibility of once again obtaining a valid CoC, which is via a new diploma in the form of a Certificate of Proficiency, issued by us.