Front Page: Traficom
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Almost every member of a ship’s crew has to have a certificate of competency related to their job, and they may also be required to have certificates of proficiency depending on the type of ship or the job on-board. In Finland these certificates are issued by Traficom.

Processing time of applications

The current processing time of Certificates of Competency and Proficiency applications is approximately 3-4 weeks. Applications with requested express processing Traficom will strive to process within 1-2 working days.

Apply for a certificate


Make sure that you are applying for the correct certificate

Check that you meet the conditions to acquire or renew the certificate you are applying for. 

The application requires, for example, the following documents:

  • valid seafarer's medical certificate
  • training certificate
  • seagoing service certificate, if the service is not already reported to Traficom's seaman's registry
  • passport photograph

Processing of application

Your application is transferred to the processing queue. If you pay an express processing fee (200 euro), Traficom will strive to process your application within 1-2 working days. An express processing fee is per applied certificate.

Normal processing time is about 14 working days.

If additional information is required to support your application, you will be sent a request for additional information. Send the missing documents before the time limit.



If you can be issued the certificate, you will receive the certificate of competence or proficiency by post within about 1 - 2 weeks from the decision date.

If you do not send the requested additional documents, or the conditions for issuing the certificate are not met, a negative decision will be made. The fee for a negative decision is the same as for an issued certificate.


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