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Danish Requirements for Watchkeeping Certificate, and CoP in Ordinary Ship's Assistant & Able Ship's Assistant for Seafarers Working in Danish Registered Ships

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Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) requires that the ratings hold appropriate certificate of proficieny. An ordinary ship’s assistant is educated to work on deck as well as in the engine department, while an ordinary seaman is educated to work in the deck department only and a trainee motorman is educated to work in the engine department only. An Able Ship’s Assistant is educated to work on deck as well as in the engine department, while an Able Seaman (Able Seafarer Deck) is educated to work in the deck department only and an efficient motorman is educated to work in the engine department only. An able ship’s assistant can therefore always replace an able seaman or an efficient motorman.

Seafarers having fulfilled Danish training as ship’s assistants comply with the basic training requirements (regulations II/4, II/5, III/5, V/1-1, paragraph 2.2, V/1-2, paragraph 2.2, VI/1, the STCW Code, section A-VI/1, paragraph 2, on basic training as specified in tables A-VI/1-1, A-VI/1-2, A-VI/1-3 and A-VI/1-4, and VI/6-4). In Denmark, the necessary education and training is part of mandatory shorebased training

On Danish vessels, no electro-technical ratings (STCW Reg. III/7) are required because competencies according to STCW Reg. III/7 are held by prescribed engineer officers holding a certificate of competency according to STCW Reg. III/1, III/2, and III/3.

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Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) requires that the ratings hold appropriate certificate of proficieny

General Requirements for Ratings



  • Age: 18 years (16 years for watchkeeping certificate)
  • Hold a health certificate for seafarers and fishermen valid for the service for which the certificate of proficiency entitles the holder, including be fit for lookout duty
  • Documentation of seagoing service when required

Denmark Watchkeeping Certificate (STCW II/4) Requirements

  • Have completed the basic module of the ship's assistant training program, the ship's assistant course for persons with a letter of apprenticeship or have completed introductory training at sea as part of the junior officer training program; AND
  • Have completed at least 2 years' bridge watch duty under the supervision of the master or the watchkeeping navigating officer, including have been instructed in all tasks related to the bridge watch duty.

Denmark Ordinary Ship's Assistant Requirements

  • Have completed either the basic training module for ship's assistants OR
  • Basic training course for commercial fishing, course in fire-fighting in ships and course in basic tanker operations for oil, chemical and gas tankers, cf. regulation V/1-1, paragraph 2.2, and regulation V/1-2, paragraph 2.2, of the STCW Convention

Danish Able Ship's Assistant Requirements

  • Completed the final module of the ship's assistant training program AND
  • Have served as an ordinary ship's assistant for 18 months on board seagoing merchant ships with a gross tonnage of or above 20;
  • 12 months documented through an approved training record book on board seagoing merchant ships with a gross tonnage of or above 20.
  • After 31 December 2016, persons who have completed the ship's assistant training program for persons holding a letter of apprenticeship must have served as an ordinary ship's assistant for 12 months in order to sign on as an able ship's assistant.

Dsclaimer: For general information purpose only. Please check with DMA for the latest and accurate information

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