• be at least 18 years of age
• have attended an approved course and have at least 1 month of sea service as second cook or cooks assistant OR hold an appropriate cookery qualification (e.g. City And Guilds 706 1, 2 or 3; S/NVQ 2 or 3; or equivalent qualification) and not less than 1 month sea service; OR have at least 12 months working in a catering establishment and not less than 1 month sea service
• have passed an approved examination for ships cooks. It is recommended that ships cooks have also completed appropriate food hygiene training.
Sea experience should be recent and needs to be evidenced, normally using the discharge book. Other proof of service could be accepted.