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 be 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'.
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.
Red over Green' (Rood boven Groen) has a handy flowchart available here (in Dutch)
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), this may take longer.
KIWA itself will charge costs for the issuing of a certificate of competency.
CoC Certification up to 500 tonnes, valid from May 3rd, 2014 :
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.
CoC’s for seagoing sailing vessels are being issued by KIWA, phone nr. +31 70 41 44 888.
The rules have changed since May 2014: please check Dutch government laws
accreditation of prior learning
If your certificate has expired, the KIWA can ask you to produce an ‘accreditation of prior learning’ (Dutch: EVC) in the form of a Certificate of Proficiency before handing out a new Certificate of Competence. As you have already obtained a KZV-diploma at our school, we presume the knowledge is present. We just need to proof that it is still up to date. For more information click here