Maritime Education and Training Ireland
Oral Examination

What to bring to the examination


Discharge Book
Sea service testimonials / Watchkeeping certificates
Medical Fitness Certificate
Current Certificate of Competency 
All records of training and ancillary certificates
Project work if applicable

How to arrange an oral examination


If you have submitted an application for a certificate of competency and have received a Notice of Eligibility this will contain information about any written examinations and courses that need to be completed before your oral examination and information on how to arrange an appointment for your examination.
Oral examinations are arranged by appointment with the Mercantile Marine Office.

What to expect


Prior to the oral examination candidates are expected to familiarise themselves with subject matter relevant to the certificate being applied for. Preparatory courses are run by the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).
Your oral examination will take place at an office of the Department of Transport and will be conducted by one or more Examiners.  The examination is a formal assessment of competence based on oral questioning on subject matter relevant to the certificate that you applied for.
The Examiner may be accompanied by a clerical assistant.  The examination will take place in a private office or examination room.  
You should arrange to be at the appointed building at least 15 minutes before the examination is due to begin and make yourself known to the person at the reception or to the Mercantile Marine Office.
Public toilets and drinking water are available in the building should you need them and there are shops and cafes nearby.  Parking is not available on site.
At the end of the examination you will be informed of the result and, if successful a certificate will be issued to you, usually on the same day.
If you are not successful the Examiner will point out the areas of the examination in which you did not have sufficient knowledge and explain the re-application procedure.