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Sailors and seafarers


Minimum standards applicable throughout the EU for the training of persons working on ships (not including fishing vessels) lay down the conditions required to qualify for a certificate of competence, in particular minimum age, theoretical knowledge, practical skills and length of service at sea.

They are described in detail in Annex I to Directive 2001/25/EC

Automatic recognition of qualifications

If you have received a certificate of competence in an EU country, that qualification is valid throughout the EU.

Directive 2001/25/EC on training of seafarers