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EndorseMe Tool

This EndorseMe tool is designed using an easy-to-use database format, to simplify the search and categorisation of information specifically related to Certificate of Competency (CoC) recognition. This is geared towards seafarers across all EU member states, and third countries.

The primary objective of this online database tool is to provide accurate and up to date information, to seafarers, regarding recognition of their CoC status under two categories:
1. EU member state and third country recognition of their certification issued by their national administration; and
2. Their own national administrations’ recognition of other EU and third country CoC qualified seafarers.

The tool shows data in a drop-down menu, to simply cross check International STCW standardisation on recognition, between a selected country and other seafaring countries that will endorse certification. The information provided is using IMO and EMSA data, published by STCW participating countries official national administrations.

Find out in a few easy steps, initial, reliably sourced information from the EndorseMe project on where and how CoC qualifications are identified and recognised.

Seafarers and Students

Find out in a few easy steps where and how you can apply your CoC qualifications overseas. This EndorseMe project resource helps to search for your preferred international posting and need to know information on how to do so.

Shipowners and Manning Agencies

Our EndorseMe tool allows a search for internationally approved STCW national administration CoC recognition. This can allow a quick and easy search across all EU member states and third countries for international seafarers looking to work abroad.

Maritime Education & Training Institutions

This is an ease of access tool to provide information on national administrations recognition of international seafarer Certification of Competency qualifications. It can be a used an educational resource.

Maritime Administrations

This EndorseMe project online search tool lists all EU and third country seafarer CoC recognition, under STCW accredited national authorities. Data provided from regularly updated reputable sources.


About the project

ENDORSEME Erasmus+ project brought together six organisations from six European countries to provide a platform which will investigate acceptance/endorsement of sea-going certificates.

The project will develop a platform for various ranks of seafarers. The platform will have an option to investigate acceptance/endorsement of sea-going certificates. ENDORSEME project aims to:

  • Identify the problems associated with recognition/endorsement of certificates in a questionnaire-based needs analysis and information based on the investigation of undiscovered areas,
  • Develop a platform and complementary online tool for seafarers, shipping companies, MET institution to identify whether the certificates of seafarers are accepted/endorsed by one country to another.

ENDORSEME platform will cross-reference the certificates available to seafaring profession to provide a higher quality system that is suited to each individual member state. It will also enable MET programmes to be kept up to date with changes to requirements locally and internationally with minimum disruption to other core areas of the programme. The quality assurance system of ENDORSEME platform will enable the good practices to be seen and transferred to other member states as well as maintaining a high quality of education, training and assessment.