State of the art Training Academy

The only Maritime & Coastguard Agency Approved training centre in the North of Scotland

The Course

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Ship’s Cook Competency course is designed for all chefs and cooks on board commercial sea bound vessels and the certificate is legally required in accordance with the Marine Labour Convention (MLC 2006). Providing objective assessment of a chef’s skills in a controlled environment, the Entier course verifies chefs attending can cook correctly and safely across a range of techniques, using a variety of foods.

Aimed at all seafarers with proven experience in the industry with an appropriate food hygiene certificate but no formal cookery qualifications, the course will provide a formal qualification to work across sea bound vessels internationally.

At just £600 inc VAT, our course provides excellent value for money, with trainees benefiting from our high-end training facilities and the knowledge of our highly qualified assessor.

MLC Training Programme

Training Facility

Entier’s Training Academy in Westhill is the only Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) approved centre in the North of Scotland. Delivered in a bespoke training kitchen, attendees will benefit from accredited training in a modern, state of the art facility where they can showcase their skills and complete their qualification.


The course, delivered over 1.5 days, includes a practical assessment and theory exam assessed by Entier’s Executive Chef, Ali MacSween, an award winning chef in his own right, and will offer candidates an approved certificate and qualification to work on sea bound vessels internationally.

The assessment is thorough and covers food and knife health & safety, healthier diets, allergens & food intolerance and requires attendees to produce a 3 course meal in 3 hours followed by a nautical cook’s theory assessment.

Remaining Course Dates for 2020

  • January 2020 15th & 16th
  • February 2020 5th & 6th
  • March 2020 18th & 19th
  • April 2020 14th & 15th
  • May 2020 13th & 14th
  • June 2020 17th & 18th
  • July 2020 1st & 2nd
  • August 2020 5th & 6th
  • September 2020 10th & 11th
  • October 2020 21st & 22nd
  • November 2020 11th & 12th


  • Gary Leishman

    Fantastic facilities, tutor was informative, all Entier staff were welcoming and friendly. Great course, all aspects were informative and enjoyable 10/10

  • Jonathan Reidy

    I found the training really interesting especially the revision of the HACCP. Ali MacSween was also a great trainer throughout the course and including a Mystery Basket part, which was good fun.

  • Heidi Cudi

    Good training Kitchen, Great teacher

Find out more

Hayley Reidford

Mlc Booklet July 2019

Contact Hayley to find out more information and book your MLC Ship’s Cook Competency Course.

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