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Verification of UK Certification

Verification of a UK Certificate of Competency (CoC) or Flag State Endorsement (FSE)

If you are a foreign maritime agency or an employer that needs to verify UK-issued Certificates of Competency (CoC) or Flag State Endorsements (Certificates of Equivalent Competency) you can do this online through our designated verification checker.

If you are unable to verify through the online verification website, please contact the exams team for verification on

Please note the following if you are contacting our exams team:

  • A full scan of the certificate is required for verification. This includes pages 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 of the old UK CoC book, or both sides of the new UK Certificate of Competency (CoC) card licence.
  • Please ensure it is the most recent certificate. We cannot verify a certificate if a new endorsement has been issued.
  • We cannot verify to individuals; a company or Institution will need to email us with full scanned copies of the relevant documents or certificates to receive verification.
  • Verification of other UK documentation

    If you are a foreign maritime agency or an employer that needs to verify other UK issued certificates, such as a Watch Rating Certificate or GMDSS Endorsement, please send across full scans of documentation for certificate verification to and we will provide a response as soon as possible.

    If you are seeking to verify a training certificate issued by an MCA approved third party, please contact the issuing institution directly. You can find information on MCA-approved training providers for various courses on GOV.UK.

    If you find an error, omission, or think a document has been tampered with please contact