The MCA oral examination is aimed at ensuring the candidate’s ability to undertake the duties appropriate to the officer of the watch (OOW). Oral examinations are part of the procedure for attaining all MCA certificates of competency, and all candidates must demonstrate adequate knowledge of the English language.
It is recommended that candidates complete an “Oral Prep Course” to ensure the best chance of passing the exam. Many schools have these courses on offer, but the course should be taken as close to your exam date as possible and in the same geographic location as your exam.
The oral examination pass is valid for a period of 3 years. This must be in date at the time of the issue of your Certificate of Competency. The NOE must be returned to the MCA with any outstanding documentary evidence.