Ship’s Cook Certificate of Competency


2 days

Accredited by HABC and compliant with CISR.

It is a requirement (as of August 2014) for all Chef/Cooks on board charter yachts with 10 crew or more to have a Ship’s Cook Certificated crew member onboard at all times. This is the result of changes in the law brought about by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006). The assessment provides a way for all chefs to have their skills objectively assessed in a controlled environment. The purpose of the assessment is to verify that a candidate can cook correctly and safely across a specified range of techniques and foodstuffs.


In 2013, the PYA took the initiative to develop a luxury yachting equivalent route to obtain the compulsory Ships Cook Assessment. This was undertaken in response to the pending regulations under MLC (with the deadline of August 2014 looming), where it was required for MLC compliant commercial yachts to have a qualified “Ship’s Cook Certificate” holding cook on board at all times when catering for more than 10 crew on board. (Note this does not include guests).

If nothing had been done, our chefs and cooks would have had to take a further education route of up to 6 months to qualify for a certificate – but now they can achieve this in an assessment course in a few days. There are currently two approved SSC Assessments centres (France and UK based) who offer this easy route for the yacht chefs to achieve the SCC.There are various entry level requirements for application for the SCC as well as certificates of equivalency and in some cases exemptions.

For course dates and more information please contact or call Lucy at +33(0)6 46 64 10 61.


Additional information

Ship Cook Certification  (UK) – MSN 1846

Application for a Ships’ Cook Certificate of Competency – MSF 4395




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