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Norwegian Requirements (General, Sea Service and STCW) for Ratings Forming Part of Engineering Watch, Able Seafarer Engine, and Electro-technical Rating

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The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) requires that seafarers who form part of the engineering watch on seagoing ships with propulsion power of 750 kW or more shall hold the Certificate of Proficiency for ratings forming part of an engineering watch or the Certificate of Competency Engineer Officer. Seafarers who are to serve as able seafarer engine on seagoing ships with propulsion power of 750 kW or more shall hold the Certificate of Proficiency Able Seafarer Engine or the Certificate of Competency Engineer Officer.

Seafarers who are to serve as electro-technical rating on seagoing ships with propulsion power of 750 kW or more shall hold the Certificate of Proficiency Electro-technical Officer or the Certificate of Competency Electro-technical Officer.

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You may also check STCW requirements for RFPEWAble Seafarer Engine, and Electro-technical Rating 

General Requirements for the Engineer Ratings CoP



  • Age: 16 years for RFPEW and 18 years for Able Seafarer - Engine & Electro-technical Rating
  • Documented seagoing service and training in accordance with the relevant certificate class
  • Persons who can also document completed training in subjects covering Annex II table A-VI/6-1 and 6-2 may be issued with a certificate of proficiency which includes competence in security awareness (Except RFPEW)
  • A valid medical certificate for employees on ships
  • Competence shall be assessed by an assessor

Norwegian Ratings Forming Part of Engineering Watch Requirements

  • The Certificate of Proficiency for ratings forming part of an engineering watch may be issued to persons who can document competency in accordance with Annex IV table A-III/4 AND
  • Either have at least six months of seagoing service with watchkeeping duties in the engine department OR
  • Have completed special training which includes at least two months on a ship
  • Seagoing service pursuant to this provision shall be related to functions in the engineering watch and include duties which are carried out under the direct supervision of the chief engineer officer, engineer of the watch or other qualified crew.

RFPEW Requirement Alternatives

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Table: NMA RFPEW Requirement Alternatives - Source: NMA

Norwegian Able Seafarer Enginer Requirements

  • The Certificate of Proficiency Able Seafarer - Engine may be issued to persons who meet the requirements to be issued with the Certificate of Proficiency for ratings forming part of an engineering watch, and who can also document competence in accordance with Annex IV table A-III/5 AND
  • Have at least 12 months of seagoing service in the engine department on ships OR at least six months of seagoing service in the engine department as part of approved training.
  • Training in accordance with the last alternative shall be documented in an approved training record book.

Able Seafarer Engine Requirement Alternatives

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Table: NMA Able Seafaer Engine Requirement Alternatives  Source: NMA

Norwegian Electro-technical Rating Requirements

The Certificate of Proficiency Electro-technical Rating may be issued to persons who either have:

  • At least 12 months of seagoing service which includes training as electro-technical rating on ships; OR
  • Completed approved training, including at least six months of seagoing service on ships; OR
  • Qualifications covering Annex IV table A-III/7 and at least three months of seagoing service on ships; OR
  • NMA may, in the individual case, allow a sufficiently qualified person to perform functions specified in Annex IV table A-III/7

Electro Technical Rating Requirement Alternatives

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Table: NMA ETR Requirement Alternatives  Source: NMA

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