Guidance on Applications

AS FROM THE 1 JANUARY 2017, THE RATING TO OFFICER SCHEME WILL APPLY TO ENGINE OFFICERS ONLY AND APPLICATIONS FOR PROMOTIONS WITHIN THE DECK OR ELECTRO-TECHNICAL DEPARTMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

The Ratings to Officer Scheme was set up to assist IMEC members in promoting good practice and to support the career progression of seafarers.

An investigation carried out by the Recruitment and Training Committee in 2007 found that there were many qualified officers with valid STCW Officer of the Watch Certificates of Competency who were still sailing as ratings.

In response to this, a Rating to Officer Scheme was set-up whereby, on approval by the committee, IMEC offers a grant of $3,000 per promoted seafarer to members who successfully convert a rating into an officer in the marine engineering department .

  • The IMEC rating to officer application form is completed for all applicants. (Form updated)
  • Following copies must be submitted:
    • personal page(s) of the seaman’s discharge book(s).
    • copies of the relevant pages showing that the seaman has sailed as both a rating (minimum 6 months) and has been promoted to an officer after 1.1.2012.
  • A brief summary of the upgrading training undertaken by the seafarer .
  • The application is approved by 2 members of the Recruitment and
    Training Committee respectively.

Guidance on Applications

In order for an application to be processed the following conditions must be met:

  • Both a copy of the personal details and the record of sea service are present.
  • All the details are clearly legible. (Name, personal number, all dates)
  • Photograph of the candidate on the personal page is clear.
  • The seaman's identification number on the personal details page clearly corresponds to that on the sea service record pages.
  • If the personal number is not printed on every page of the Discharge Book, the copies must be notarised.
  • There is clear evidence of the candidate having sailed within the capacity of both a rating (minimum total 6 months) and an officer (promoted after 1.1.2012).

If you submit copies of two different Discharge Books, remember to include copies of the personal pages for BOTH Discharge Books.
To apply, send the completed application form with appropriate evidence by post to Magdalina Petsa (London office).

The rules of the IMEC Rating to Officer Scheme are available here. See also the Frequently Asked Questions.

Here is a summary of all funds that are available to IMEC members.