What is the Assessment in Marine Cookery?
The Assessment in Marine Cookery verifies that a candidate has been assessed by an accredited organisation and proves competency in the learning outcomes in Annexes 1 and 2 of MCA MSN 1846. It replaces the Merchant Shipping (Certificate of Ship’s Cooks) Regulations 1981, which have been revoked. It sets out the minimum training requirements for all ship’s cooks and catering staff. New training prerequisites take religious requirements and practices into account as they pertain to food as well as duration and nature of the voyage.
The requirements relating to ship’s cooks do not apply to ships which:
- only operate within 60 miles of a safe haven, and
- ordinarily operate with fewer than 10 seafarers on board.
How can I avoid the Assessment in Marine Cookery and can I do it online?
Whilst the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will accept certain qualifications as Accredited Prior Learning (see below or refer to MCA MSN 1846) these qualifications do not meet the required Learning Outcomes in their entirety. All chefs will have to be assessed in person to ensure all Learning Outcomes are met and that they meet the minimum standards.
In addition, the MCA do not accept any online qualifications (including Food Safety Level 2). Any chef and crew involved in the processing, preparation and handling of food for others need to hold a valid Level 2 Food Safety Certificate. At Tante Marie, the Level 2 Food Safety is incorporated within the Assessment in Marine Cookery.
What if I’m already qualified or have valid food handling level 2 certification?
If you already hold a professional chef qualification you may not need to do the full Assessment in Marine Cookery training course. The MCA accepts certain qualifications as Accredited Prior Learning. To read more about what your Accredited Prior Learning means about your Assessment in Marine Cookery, please refer to MCA MSN 1846 (M) and MCA MIN531 (M) or email us.
What does the Food Safety and HACCP Training at Tante Marie entail and how much will it cost?
Level 2 Award in Food Safety
This course is ideal for anyone working in a food handling role. Anyone working on board or about to start a career on board should hold a Food Safety Level 2 award. This 1-day, MCA-required, and approved course can be delivered in our Woking base.
- Duration: 1 day
- Assessment: 1 hour multiple-choice test (20/30 required)
- Pre-requisites: None
- Progression: Level 3 Food Safety and Level 3 HACCP
- Cost: £105+VAT for UK based training
Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
This course is well-suited to anyone working in a supervisory, leadership or management position where food is handled. The Level 3 Award is required for the Cayman Island Flagged Vessels’ Assessment in Marine Cookery.
- Duration: 3-day’s tuition or distance learning and 1-day tuition
- Assessment: 60-question multiple-choice question examination 2 Hours (40 correct to pass)
- Pre-requisites: None. However, it is strongly advised that candidates hold the Level 2 Award and a reasonable level of numeracy and literacy
- Cost: £395+VAT
How do I apply?
Please read carefully the MCA MSN 1846 (M) and MCA MIN531 (M) documents which list the requirements for eligibility and previous accreditation and qualifications. Then contact Tante Marie Culinary Academy and we can give you further advice on course availability and fee structure for the elements of the course that you will need to attend in order to gain your Assessment in Marine Cookery.
As part of the application process we will need an online copy of your CV and covering letter, outlining your past experience and reasons for undertaking the course as well as scanned copies of your previous qualifications. We can also advise you on which day/s of the course you will need to attend. Once your fees are paid you will receive online access to the Tante Marie Virtual Learning Experience (VLE).
What do I need to bring with me?
On the first day of your course you will need to provide:
- Valid photographic proof of identity, such as your passport
- Original certificates of previous qualifications (if these are to be taken as exemption from some of the assessments)
- Your own clean chef’s uniform, apron, protective head/beard covering
- Your own knives for the day(s) of the kitchen-based assessments
- Pen and notebook
Lunch will not be provided, however as Tante Marie is centrally located in the main shopping area of Woking there are several places to obtain food within a very short distance.
What will be provided?
Tante Marie Culinary Academy will provide all the recipes and ingredients needed to complete the cooking elements and will also provide you with any advice and online help prior to in-house assessments.