New Guidance on MCA Issue of Notices of Eligibility ( NOEs) 

New Guidance on the MCA Issue of Notices Of Eligibility (NOEs) 


MIN 690, released on the 29th March 2023,  provides information on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) oral examination booking process, the MCA examinations, including the intention to amend the current OOW unlimited deck oral examination and applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE).



  1. The Notice of Eligibility (NoE)/Notice of Assessment (NoA) format has been updated, and candidates will no longer receive a document in PDF format.
  2. The oral examination booking process has been amended to take account of the changes highlighted in this MIN.

NoE/NoA Process

Candidates can currently apply for an NoE or NoA by using the appropriate application form and associated marine notices.

4.1 The application forms and associated Marine Notices:

Quick Reference Application Form (including link) M-Notice Number (including link)
Deck Officers MSF 4274 MSN 1856 Amendment 1
Engineer Officers MSF 4275 MSN 1857 Amendment 1 MIN 511 Amendment 1
Fishing Deck MSF 4345 MGN 411
Yacht Deck Officers MSF 4343 MSN 1858 Amendment 1
Electro-technical Officers (ETOs) MSF 4259 MSN 1860 Amendment 1
Tugs (Deck) MSF 4260 MGN 495
Workboats (Deck) MSF 4257 MGN 496
Small Vessel Engineers (including Fishing Eng.) MSF 4900 MSN 1904 MIN 642

Candidates who meet the requirements, will be issued an NoE/NoA in electronic form as an email.

Candidates required to submit a Training Record Book (TRB) should forward the original completed book to the Seafarer Services Branch at  the following address:

UK Seafarer Services
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Bay 2/11
Spring Place,
105 Commercial Road,
SO15 1EG.

Candidates must retain scanned copies of the overview signature pages from the TRB as these may be required during the oral examination.



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