16 January 2015: Update on SCC and applying for cert directly from MCA in UK.
There has been much confusion about the SCC and whether chefs need to complete the assessment or not..
I know that some chefs are being issued with the SCC directly by the MCA in the UK if they can satisfy them that they have the relevant chef training, work experience and qualifications in their careers.
I know of 2 experienced chefs who have gone directly to the MCA, submitted all their relevant docs and then been issued with the cert.
So I would recommend to any professionally trained chef working on yachts that you follow this course before having to spend your own cash on the course in France.
I would recommend you are up to date with Food Safety Level 2 from a recognised course provider as per the MCA list at https://www.gov.uk/…/…/MIN_479_Recgonised_qualifications.pdf
RECOMMENDATION: Either contact or visit in person the Head Office of the MCA in Southampton and obtain some helpful info on where to send all your documentation to have it certified (for free) to satisfy the MCA that you do not need to sit the assessment.
You will need to send off all relevant documents along with some pages from the MCA which you will need to fill in.
You will also need to obtain a PSA Cert before the Ships Cook Cert will be issued.
The PSA course in the UK takes 4 hours of sitting through a lecture on Marpol and other items – which are basically covered in the STCW, costs around 50 pounds. Very easy!
PSA Course – Fireaid Academy in Hampshire firstname.lastname@example.org
MCA – https://www.gov.uk/…/organis…/maritime-and-coastguard-agency
NOTE: this process doesn’t guarantee you get the SCC but it is likely that if you have the equivalent of 706/1/2 and worked and trained in pro kitchens early in your career and also have the yacht and sea time then I would think the MCA will feel you meet their requirements.
This involves much paperwork filling on but must be worth it if you are issued the SCC.