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Application and Payment Hours

Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.*

* No cash/EPS payment to be made after 4:30 p.m.

Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency

For Enquiry : 2852 4941


1.       Written Examination Schedules
Grade 1 ( any pleasure vessel )
Grade 2 ( not more than 15 m in length overall )

2.       Oral Examination Schedules
Oral Examination

3.       Related Rules
a) Examination Rules for Pleasure Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency (PDF)
(Chapter 5 - Applications, Examination Procedures and General Provisions
Chapter 6 - Examinations
Chapter 7 - Examination Syllabuses
Chapter 8 - Extension of the Certificates)
b) Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (Local Ceritificates of Competency) Rules (PDF)
(Schedule 1 Application fees)

4.       Mode of Assessment
a) Demonstrative Application and Mock Examination – helps candidates to familarize themselves with the format and operation of the computerized examination system (Best viewed with 1024 x 768 resolution)
b) Sample Paper (pleasure Vessel Operator Grade 1 Examination, Part A - Navigation) (PDF)

5.       Examination Guidebook
a) Examination Guidebook on Pleasure Vessel Operator Grade 2 Certificate of Competency (PDF)

6.       Validity of Certificates
  A pleasure vessel operator certificate expires when the holder of the certificate attains the age of 65 unless the validity is specified in the certificate.


Local Certificate of Competency

For Enquiry : 2852 4941

1.       Written Examination Schedules
Coxswain Engine Operator
Grade 2 (not more than 24 m in length) Grade 2 (aggregate power not more than 1,500 kW)
Grade 3 (not more than 15 m in length) Grade 3 (aggregate power not more than 750 kW)

2.       Oral Examination Schedules
Oral Examination

3.      Related Rules
a) Examination Rules for Local Certificates of Competency(PDF)
(Chapter 5 - Applications, Examination Procedures and General Provisions
Chapter 6 - Examinations
Chapter 7 - Examination Syllabuses
Chapter 10 - Extention of the Certificates)
b) Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (Local Ceritificates of Competency) Rules (PDF)
(Schedule 1 Application fees)

4.       Mode of Assessment
a) Demonstrative Application and Mock Examination – helps candidates to familarize themselves with the format and operation of the computerized examination system (Best viewed with 1024 x 768 resolution)
b) Sample Paper (Coxswain Grade 2 Examination, Part A(2) - Practical Chart Work)

5.       List of Approved Training Providers and Courses (Local) (PDF)



6.       Examination Guidebook
a) Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate Examination Guidebook (Chinese version only - PDF)

7.       Validity of Certificates
  A coxswain and an engine operator certificate expire when the holder of the certificate attains the age of 65 unless the validity is specified in the certificate.



8.       List of Specified Government Vessels Used by Leisure and Cultural Services Department Crew (PDF)




Seagoing or River Trade Certificate of Competency / Hong Kong Licences /

Hong Kong GMDSS Certificate of Equivalent Competency

For Enquiry : 2852 3148

1.       Examination Schedules
Deck Officer / Marine Engineer 2018 (PDF)
Deck Officer / Marine Engineer 2019 (PDF)

2.       Related legislations
a) Certificates of Competency and Licences for Deck Officers Determinations
p3(2012 Edition)
(PDF)
b) Certificates of Competency and Licences for Marine Engineer Officers and Electro-technical Officers Determinations
p4(2012 Edition)
(PDF)
c) Certificates of Proficiency for Able Seafarers’ Determinations
p5(2016 Edition)
(PDF)
d) Certificates of Proficiency for Engine Room Watch ratings’ Determinations and Certificates of Proficiency for Electro-
p5technical ratings’ Determinations (2016 Edition)
(PDF)
e) Certificates of Proficiency for Navigational Watch ratings’ Determinations
p5(2016 Edition)
(PDF)
f) Certificates of Proficiency for Safety, Security and Designated Duties Training Determinations
p5(2016 Edition)
(PDF)
g) Certificates of Proficiency or Endorsements for Oil, Chemical and Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations
p5Determinations (2016 Edition)
(PDF)

3.      List of Approved Training Providers and Courses (Seagoing & River Trade) (PDF)


4.       Guidelines for the Issue of Hong Kong Licences and Endorsements (PDF)


5.       Guidelines for the Issue of Hong Kong GMDSS Certificate of Equivalent Competency with Endorsement and Certificate Endorsement Revalidation


6.       Marine Department has been appointed as the Assessment Agency for Professional Maritime Qualifications under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework commencing September 3, 2018. The seven seagoing Certificates of Competency (CoC) and their QF Level are as follows:
a) Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) Class 1 (Master Mariner) p3 QF Level 5
b) Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) Class 2 p4 QF Level 5
c) Certificate of Competency (Deck Officer) Class 3 p5 QF Level 4
d) Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineer Officer) Class 1 p5 QF Level 5
e) Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineer Officer) Class 2 p5 QF Level 5
f) Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineer Officer) Class 3 p5 QF Level 4
g) Certificate of Competency (Electro-technical Officer) Class ETO p5 QF Level 4