ETO CoC Complete Guide


  • The blog offers a complete explanation of the ETO CoC examination procedure. It guides possible seafarers through the processes necessary to apply for and successfully achieve the ETO CoC. 
  • Each process, from accessing the DG Shipping e-governance profile to scheduling an exam seat, paying costs, and completing qualifying requirements, is described clearly.
  • The site also discusses the test style, curriculum, and renewal procedures, providing useful information for applicants preparing for the assessment. 
  • Overall, it is a useful resource for anyone interested in pursuing a satisfying career as an ETO in the marine business.

1. ETO CoC Assessment Process 

  1. Go to DGS e-governance Profile
    1. Access DGS’s e-governance profile via their official website or a specific e-governance platform.
    2. Create or log in to the profile with personal information and credentials.
  2. Application for Seat Booking
    1. From the e-governance profile, go to the ETO COC test section.
    2. Complete the seat booking application form accurately.
    3. Provide details like educational qualifications and training status.
  3. Pay the Fees
    1. After seat booking, pay the examination fees.
    2. Fees vary based on factors like exam centre and candidate category.
    3. Payment is usually done online through secure gateways.
  4. Examination
    1. Upon fee payment and seat booking, candidates are registered for the ETO COC exam.
    2. Receive confirmation with exam details: date, time, and venue.
    3. Review details and make arrangements to attend the exam.
  5. Fill Up All Necessary Details and Select Date
    1. Ensure all required details are accurately filled during the application process and provide information about education, training, and other relevant documents. Choose a suitable exam date based on available slots.
  6. Assessment Process
    1. Assessment verifies eligibility for the ETO COC exam.
    2. Checks educational qualifications, training completion, and other requirements.
    3. Eligible candidates proceed with the exam process as outlined.

2. ETO CoC Exam Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria for ETO COC Exams
Educational QualificationsDiploma/B-Tech
– 3 years of diploma (For DG Shipping eligibility)
– 4 years of B-Tech (As required by Anglo, Great Eastern, Tolani, etc.)
Training Requirements– 4 months of pre-sea course
– 8 months of onboard training
Advanced Courses– Completion of 3 advanced courses
(or High Voltage course only for those sailing on ships with high voltage)

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ETO CoC Eligibility

3. ETO CoC Exam Fees 

CourseAverage Cost Range (INR)Cost Range in Mumbai (INR)Cost Range in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai (INR)
Advance STCW₹13,000 – ₹20,000₹13,000₹25,000 – ₹30,000
High Voltage (Management)₹10,000 – ₹15,000₹10,000₹25,000 – ₹30,000
Eligibility Assessment₹3,000₹3,000₹3,000
Written Exam₹4,500₹4,500₹4,500
Oral Exam₹4,500₹4,500₹4,500
COC Application₹3,000₹3,000₹3,000
Fooding, Travelling, Lodging (if extra attempts)₹50,000
Total Approximate Cost₹37,000 – ₹50,000

Average Cost of Each Course:

  • AFF (Advanced Fire Fighting): ₹ 4,599
  • MFA (Medical First Aid): ₹ 2,499
  • PSCRB (Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats): ₹ 5,999

Please note that the costs provided are approximate and may vary depending on the college or training institute.

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4. ETO CoC Advance Courses Duration

Advanced CourseDurationMinimum Seatime RequiredAverage Cost (INR)Cost Range in Mumbai (INR)Cost Range in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai (INR)
Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)5 Days6 months₹ 4,599₹ 4,599₹ 4,599
Medical First Aid (MFA)4 Days6 months₹ 2,499₹ 2,499₹ 2,499
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB)5 Days6 months₹ 5,999₹ 5,999₹ 5,999
Management High Voltage5 Days
Operational High Voltage2 Days

Please note that the Management and Operational High Voltage courses do not have a specified minimum sea time requirement.

5. How to Apply for ETO CoC

ETO CoC assessment

The ETO CoC examination application form is not available on the ePariksha Portal for ETOs. Instead, you should visit the DG Shipping website. Once there, head to the examination area. You’ll find a variety of choices there, including updating your profile, scheduling a test, checking results, and more. Simply log in and you’re set to go!

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Visit DG Shipping’s website.
  2. Click on the examination section.
  3. Log in with your login information.
  4. Once logged in, you will see a variety of options.
  5. Look for an option relating to the ETO CoC examination.
  6. Depending on your needs, you can:
  • Update your profile details as needed.
  • Schedule a test.
  • Check your exam results.
  1. Follow the steps outlined for each selection.
  2. Ensure that all required information is entered correctly.
  3. Follow the instructions to submit your application or booking.
  4. Once done, you’re all set!

6. Documents Required for ETO CoC Application

1. Online Printout of the Seafarer’s Profile, duly updated.

2. Copy of CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate) – First and last page, along with relevant sea service pages.

3. Copy of Passport – First and last page.

4. Fees for ETO examination and assessment (Rs. 12,000) – Assessment (Rs. 3,000), Written booking (Rs. 4,500), Oral booking (Rs. 4,500), plus any bank charges if applicable.

5. Copy of Education Qualification certificates.

6. Copy of Approval Course Certificate.

7. Copy of Sea Service Testimonials duly signed by the Chief Engineer and Master of the vessel.

8. Article of Agreement (only for Indian flag vessels).

9. Sea Service Extract (only for navy candidates).

10. Copy of Valid Medical Fitness Certificate (DGS approved).

7. STCW Certificates Required for ETO CoC

  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) – valid within 5 years or refresher.
  • Advanced Fire Fighting – valid within 5 years or refresher.
  • Medical First Aid – valid within the last 5 years.
  • Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques (PSSR) refresher.
  • Ship Security Officer (SSO) or Security Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (STSDSD).

Ensure all documents are duly attested and organized as per the guidelines provided by DG Shipping for a smooth application process.

8. ETO CoC Exam Syllabus 

Electro-Technical Officer Certificate of Competency

Here’s a breakdown of the ETO CoC Exam Syllabus for the written and oral sections:

8.1:- Written Exam

  • Total Marks: 100
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total Sections: 3
  • Total Questions: 9 (3 questions in each section)
  • Candidates need to attempt 2 questions from each section.

8.2:- Subjects for ETO CoC

  1. Section 1: Electrical Theory
  • Questions related to electrical theory principles and concepts.
  1. Section 2: Theory and Numerical
  • Questions covering theoretical concepts and numerical problems related to electrical engineering.
  1. Section 3: SSAP Environmental Protection plus Technical
  • Questions focusing on Shipboard Safety and Environmental Protection (SSAP) regulations and technical aspects related to environmental protection.

8.3:- Oral Exam for ETO CoC

  • Total Sections: 2
  • Candidates need to prepare for one section only.

8.4:- Oral Exam Subjects for ETO CoC

  1. Section 1: Electrical Technology
  • Oral questions related to electrical technology, practical applications, and troubleshooting.
  1. Section 2: SSAP Environmental Protection plus Technical
  • Oral questions focusing on Shipboard Safety and Environmental Protection (SSAP) regulations and technical aspects related to environmental protection.

9. ETO CoC Exam Pattern 

Here’s the ETO CoC Exam Pattern 

Exam ComponentWritten ExamOral Exam
Duration3 hoursNot specified
Total Marks100
Questions9 (3 in each section)
Attempt2 questions from each sectionPrepare for one section only


Electro-Technical Officer Certificate of Competency
  • The process for earning an Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) Certificate of Competency (CoC) consists of numerous parts. First, candidates visit the DG Shipping e-governance profile online, where they book their exam seats and securely pay the needed costs. Important papers such as educational credentials and STCW course proofs must be supplied correctly. 
  • Candidates must fulfill specified qualifying requirements, such as educational credentials and training completion. The test includes written and oral evaluations on topics such as electrical theory and environmental protection. 
  • Preparation is essential for grasping the syllabus. Renewal requirements must be fulfilled to keep the ETO CoC. Overall, attaining the ETO CoC is a key milestone in a sailor’s career.

ETO CoC Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1:- How do I apply for an ETO CoC exam?
To apply for an ETO CoC exam, access the DG Shipping e-gov profile, book an exam seat, fill the form accurately, pay fees, and submit docs: education certificates, STCW proofs.

Q.2:- What are the eligibility criteria for the ETO CoC assessment?

  1. Educational qualifications: Diploma or B-Tech.
  2. Completion of pre-sea and onboard training.
  3. Successful completion of three advanced courses.
  4. Alternatively, completion of a high-voltage course for those sailing on ships with high-voltage systems.

Q.3:- What is the exam pattern for the ETO CoC?

  • Written assessment: 3 sections on electrical theory, practical applications, and environmental protection. Attempt 2 questions from each.
  • Oral exam: Tests practical knowledge in electrical technology and environmental protection

Q.4:- How can I renew my ETO CoC?

  • Follow regulatory renewal procedures.
  • Complete refresher STCW courses.
  • Provide evidence of ongoing professional development and sea service.
  • Submit renewal applications within a specified timeframe.

Q.5:- What are the costs associated with obtaining an ETO CoC?

  • Exam and assessment fees.
  • Advanced course expenses.
  • Travel and lodging.
  • Costs vary based on location and candidate category.
  • Budget and plan for the assessment process.

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