Certificate of recognition

​Certificates of recognition are issued by the Danish Maritime Authority on the basis of the seafarer's foreign certificate of competency. The Danish Maritime Authority also issues certificates of endorsement for foreign ship's cooks.

A Danish certificate of recognition is a certificate issued to a seafarer who has not completed a Danish exam or does not hold a Danish certificate of competency, who would like to be engaged on a ship flying the Danish flag.

Apply online for certificates

Typically, shipowners and agents will apply for certificates of recognition on behalf of the seafarers. If you are a citizen of the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you yourself can apply for a Danish certificate of recognition.

If you apply as a shipowner or an agent, you are to use the shipowner's CVR number.

When applying, you must have your NemID or your employee signature as well as your credit card at hand. We request a fee of DKK 855 for certificates. You must attach a digital photo against a uniform background meeting the requirements for passport photos.

Apply for certificate

 At the moment, we need an average of five days to consider applications, but you should always remember to apply well in advance.

Once you have applied, you will receive two emails, one confirming receipt of your application together with a case number, and one confirming receipt of your payment.

Should you have any questions or need to forward additional documentation for your case, you should answer the email received together with your case number.

In connection with future email enquiries, please leave out sensitive information, such as your social security number, since the internet connection is not encrypted. However, if you do submit documentation containing your social security number, please cover the last four digits.

  • All foreign officers must hold a certificate of recognition; ratings are not required to have a certificate of recognition.
  • All seafarers must have a medical certificate, from a country that has implemented the STCW convention and ratified the MLC.
  • Senior officers must have completed a Danish maritime law course.
  • Masters must have completed a Danish maritime law course for masters.

See checklist for specific requirements for various types of certificates of recognition..

The Danish Maritime Authority can issue a CRA (confirmed receipt of application), which is a temporary certificate valid for up to three months. CRAs are issued only upon request following the filing of an application. CRAs are not issued to masters.

See the list of countries that have concluded an agreement on recognition with Denmark..

If you are a foreign cook and would like to work on board a merchant ship flying the Danish flag, you must have a certificate of endorsement for foreign ship's cooks from the Danish Maritime Authority.

Ship's cooks from other EU/EEA countries are approved on the basis of their ship's cook certificate from their own country.

Ship's cooks from countries outside the EU/EEA must be approved by the shipowner first by means of a so-called "48/24 declaration", which confirms that you have completed 48 months' apprenticeship as a ship's cook, 24 months of which in seagoing service.

The Danish Maritime Authority has approved the following educational institution for the training/education of ship's cooks for Danish ships.

  • Catering Academy, OSM Maritime Services, INC.