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Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) Deck Officer Class 5 CoC Requirements (General, Sea Service and STCW)

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The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) Certificate of Competency Deck Officer Class 5 entitles the holder to serve on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage in North Sea and Baltic trade as Officer in Charge of a Watch and Chief Mate. Holders of the Certificate of Competency Deck Officer Class 5 who have turned 20 years and have at least 12 months of seagoing service as officer in charge of a watch, may serve as master on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage in North Sea and Baltic trade.

This qualification enables you to work as deck officer class 5 in North Sea and Baltic trade area.

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This qualification enables you to work as Deck Officer Class 5 in North Sea and Baltic Trade area

General Requirements for Deck Officer Class 5



  • Age: 18 years (20 years for masters)
  • Documented seagoing service and education in accordance with the relevant certificate class
  • A valid medical certificate for employees on ships
  • Competence shall be assessed by an assessor

Norwegian Deck Officer Class 5 Requirements

The NMA Certificate of Competency Deck Officer Class 5 entitles the holder to work as:

  • Officer in Charge of a Watch 500 GT North Sea and Baltic Trade
  • Chief Mate 500 GT North Sea and Baltic Trade
  • Master 500 GT North Sea and Baltic Trade (After attaining 20 years of age and completed 12 months seagoing experience as an Officer in Charge of a Watch)

Education and Training Requirements

  • Completed education and a passed exam covering the areas of Annex III table A-II/3. Education and training for being issued with a Certificate of Competency Deck Officer Class 5 shall be based on principles for the navigational watch.

Norway Deck Officer Class 5 Sea Service Requirements

  • At least 36 months of seagoing service on seagoing ships of 15 metres in overall length or above, where at least six months include navigational watchkeeping covering the areas of Annex III table A-II/4 under the supervision of a qualified officer, and where at least one month has been served after the issuance of a diploma. OR
  • At least 12 months of seagoing service or at least six months of seagoing service with a certificate of apprenticeship as able seafarer deck or fisherman. The seagoing service must be a part of an approved training program on seagoing ships of 15 meters in overall length or above, including training in navigational watchkeeping duties that covers the areas specified in Annex III table A-II/4. Education covering the areas of Annex III table A-II/3 shall be successfully completed before seagoing service in accordance with this alternative may be performed.

Deck Officer Class 5 STCW Certificate Requirements

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Table: NMA Deck Officer Class 5 STCW certificates - Refer: STCW Code

Deck Officer Class 5 Requirement Alternatives

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Table: NMA Deck Officer Class 5 Alternatives  Source: NMA

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