Which are the MCA approved Centres for doing the Assessment in Marine cookery?

Update as of 6 November 2020.

Email received from MCA below lists the MCA approved providers….

NOTE: This is the list of UK MCA approved centres. If you are wanting to do a UK MCA approved assessment in order to obtain the UK MCA Ships Cook Certificate then these are the centres they have approved. I will post an update on other flag state ships cook certificate info as and when I get them. Some flag states are already listed on this site and what their requirements are regarding ships cooks. Please refer to those pages.

From: Cate Heil
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:34 AM
To: Efrem Leigh – YachtChefs.com

Subject: RE: MCA Approved Centres for SCC?

Good morning Effram,

The following are the only MCA approved training providers who are able to conduct the assessment in marine cookery:

  • 1) City of Glasgow College

190 Cathedral Street G4 0RF

Tel: 0141 375 5555

See http://www.shipscookcertificate.com/city-of-glasgow-ships-cook-certificate-assessment/ for info or https://www.cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk/courses/assessment-marine-cookery-2022-07-31

  • 2) Dumfries and Galloway College

Lewis Street, Stranraer, DG9 7AL

(+44) 01776 706633

  • 3) Entier Limited
    • Endeavour Drive, Arnhall Business Park, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, AB32 6UF

+44 (0) 1224 356 040

  • 4) Leiths School of Food and Wine

16-20 Wendell Road, London, W12 9RT

+44 020 8748 6400

Booking info at https://www.leiths.com/professional-courses/assessment-in-marine-cookery

Additionally Secrets de Cuisine and South Tyneside College are looking for reapproval (but I don’t have a time frame for that).

Kind regards

Cate Heil+44 (0) 203 81 72133
Examiner of Master & Mates
UK Maritime Services 

8 thoughts on “Which are the MCA approved Centres for doing the Assessment in Marine cookery?

  • February 8, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Cate,
    I just left you a voicemail, but i need to renew my ships certificates as i have been out of the industry for a few years.

    Luckily i have a job offer, unluckily I’m having trouble finding somewhere to complete the certificate in marine cookery.

    Any thoughts or ideas would be most appreciated.

    Is there any Covid leeway, such as you must complete the course within a set time period of time???



  • March 29, 2022 at 11:11 am

    NOTE: As at 29 March 2022 this list of MCA Approved centres is correct.
    The MCA are hoping to visit new centres to audit them at some point but no date has been given for this yet.
    So please refer to the list on this page for where to sit an approved MCA assessment in marine cookery for those wanting to apply to the MCA for a UK MCA issued Ships Cook Certificate
    YachtChefs.com Team

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  • August 9, 2022 at 2:36 am


    I will be taking the STCW certification in November along with the ENG1 to break into yachting. I want to move forward and book myself at Leiths, however I understand that I need one month minimum ship experience before taking the ships cook assessment. Is this a hard rule or just a suggestion? Would love to knock out the assessment first if I could!

    Chef Angela Smigel

    • August 11, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Angela, you are right. If applying to MCA for one you need to prove 1 months sea service.
      I guess if Leith’s will let you do the marine cookery assessment without the 1 mth sea record, then you get a job and get the 1 mths sea time and you can always delay sending off the docs with your ships cook application to the MCA..
      Remember.. sitting the marine cookery assessment and passing it is not the actual ships cook cert itself. you need to fill and send all the docs on the form at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/708167/MSF_4395_Ships_Cook_0518.pdf to the MCA and they will send you the actual ships cook certificate…

  • October 6, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Is the London School of Nautical Cookery still going?
    I’m trying to get a copy om my certificates from 1981 – is there any way I could do this?
    Many thanks


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