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Revalidation of Cyprus Certificates of Competency further to the International Convention of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers STCW 78, as amended.

Further to the 2010 Manila Amendments of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, (STCW 78 Convention), the Ship Registry has issued on the 14th October 2015 a Circular which provides for the Revalidation of Cyprus Certificates of Competency (CCoC).  The Convention will be in force after the 31st December 2016.

Following the relevant enforcement date, the masters and deck officers, holders of CCoC, who wish to revalidate their Certificates of Competency (CoC) must: have training in Ship Simulator, Bridge Teamwork (BRM) and in ECDIS and present the relevant certificates issued by the Republic of Cyprus. In addition, they must undergo refreshing courses or full courses training, accordingly, at training centers approved by the Republic and present the appropriate certificates (DMS Circ. 09/2015).

Similarly, Engine officers, holders of CCoC, in order to revalidate their CoC must: have training in Engine Room Simulator (ERS) and in High Voltage and present the relevant certificates issued by the Republic of Cyprus and must undergo refreshing courses or full courses training, accordingly, at training centers approved by the Republic of Cyprus and present the appropriate certificates of proficiency issued by the Republic of Cyprus.

All the certificates that are issued by the Administration of a Country whose certificates of competency are recognized by the Republic of Cyprus will be accepted in lieu of the aforementioned certificates.

The aforesaid trainings are ONLY required for the revalidation of CCoC after 31 December 2016.  Masters and officers presenting the above mentioned certificates may apply for a renewal of the CCoC for a period not exceeding five years from the date of the previous revalidation without the need for any additional requirement for exams and sea service.