United Kingdom seafarers can now seek Canadian recognition of their STCW certificates - SSB No.: 03/2023

RDIMS No .: 19248898
Date (Y-M-D) : 2023-03-31

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The bulletin is to let you know that:

  • Canada has signed a reciprocal arrangement with the United Kingdom.
  • United Kingdom seafarers holding a valid STCW certificateFootnote 1 of competency, issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, can now apply for a Canadian endorsement.


This bulletin applies to:

  • owners and operators of Canadian-flagged vessels, and
  • seafarers from the United Kingdom, who want a Canadian endorsement.

What you need to know

On March 23, 2023, Canada entered into a reciprocal arrangement with the United Kingdom for the recognition of certificates of competency and issuance of endorsements pursuant to regulation I/10 of the STCW Convention.

Seafarers with a valid STCW certificate issued by the United Kingdom can now apply for a Canadian endorsement. This is similar to reciprocal arrangements Canada has already signed with Australia, France, Georgia, Norway, and Ukraine.

Canadian seafarers can also seek a United Kingdom endorsement for a valid Canadian STCW certificate. Please consult the following website from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency which provides guidance related to obtaining a United Kingdom endorsement https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-of-countries-accepted-towards-issuing-a-uk-FSE.

Documents you need to apply

To apply for a Canadian endorsement, please download and follow the instructions contained within the following Transport Canada forms:

You are invited to visit the following website which provides relevant information regarding Recognition of a Foreign Certificate Through a Reciprocal Arrangement.

How to apply

Send your completed application and supporting documents, using one of the following methods:


1. Reciprocal arrangement
3. Canadian endorsement

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:


Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Place de Ville, Tour C
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5

Contact us at: Email: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca or Telephone: 1-855-859-3123 (Toll Free).