Certificate of a skipper of recreational craft and certificate of an operator of personal watercraft

Validity of certificate

 

A certificate of a skipper of recreational craft is valid for 10 years. 

Certificates of skippers of recreational craft issued before 12 April 1999 remained valid together with the restrictions provided therein until 31 December 2006.

Certificates of skippers of recreational craft issued by the Maritime Administration between 12 April 1999 and 1 July 2005 will remain valid together with the restrictions provided therein.

Application for and replacement of a certificate of a skipper of recreational craft

 

Certificates of a skipper of recreational craft are issued and replaced by all Estonian Road Administration service bureaus. A certificate of a skipper of recreational craft can be applied for by persons who have passed a corresponding examination and are at least 15 years of age and whose state of health corresponds to the requirements for the health of drivers of power-driven vehicles of category B.

The examination and calculation of seagoing service of a skipper of recreational craft is organised by the training provider.

An application for issuing a certificate of a skipper of recreational craft can been submitted starting from the seventh working day after passing the examination and calculation of seagoing service of a skipper of recreational craft. The certificate is issued based on a list of persons who have passed the examination and calculation of seagoing service of a skipper of recreational craft.

A person with professional education as a deck officer may, if he or she wishes so, apply for a certificate of a skipper of recreational craft by submitting an application and the certificate of competency or professional certificate as a deck officer or the certificate of competency as a deck officer of an inland vessel or a document certifying the professional education as a deck officer to the Estonian Road Administration. A person holding a certificate of competency or a professional certificate as a deck officer or a certificate of competency as a deck officer of an inland vessel or a person with professional education as a deck officer need not pass an examination for skippers of recreational craft in order to receive a certificate of a skipper of recreational craft.

A person applying for or replacing a certificate has to submit to the Estonian Road Administration:

  • An identity document.

  • If necessary, the certificate being replaced or a document certifying professional education as a deck officer if no information regarding the certificate has been entered in the traffic register.

  • A medical certificate certifying that the state of health of the applicant corresponds at least to the requirements for the health of drivers of power-driven vehicles of category B.

  • An electronic photo taken at the Estonian Road Administration and a signature of the applicant.

  • The applicant must pay a state fee for the issue or replacement of a certificate.

A certificate of a skipper of a recreational craft can also be replaced at the e-service of the Estonian Road Administration. 

Instructions for use of the e-service are available here.

 

Certificate of an operator of personal watercraft

 

Validity of certificate

 

A certificate of an operator of personal watercraft is valid for 10 years. Certificates of operators of personal watercraft issued before 1 July 2005 remained valid until 31 December 2006.

Application for and replacement of a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft

 

A personal watercraft may be operated by a person of at least 15 years of age who holds a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft or the right to navigate recreational craft.

Certificates of an operator of personal watercraft are issued and replaced by all Estonian Road Administration service bureaus. A certificate of an operator of personal watercraft can be applied for by persons who have passed a corresponding theoretical examination and are at least 15 years of age. The necessary preparation for applying for a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft, including practical skills, may be acquired by participating in courses organised by persons approved by the Maritime Administration or independently. In order to apply for a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft the applicant must pass a theoretical examination conducted by the organiser of the course.

The application for issuing a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft can been submitted after five working days of successfully passing the examination of an operator of personal watercraft.

A person applying for or replacing a certificate has to submit to the Estonian Road Administration bureau:

  • An identity document.

  • If necessary, the certificate being replaced if no information regarding the certificate has been entered in the traffic register.

  • An electronic photo taken at the Estonian Road Administration.

  • The applicant must pay a state fee for the issue or replacement of a certificate.

A certificate of an operator of personal watercraft of the Republic of Estonia will not be issued based on a document certifying training for an operator of personal watercraft issued in a foreign state and a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft issued in a foreign state will not be replaced by a certificate of an operator of personal watercraft of the Republic of Estonia.

A certificate of an operator of personal watercraft can also be replaced at the e-service of the Estonian Road Administration. 

Instructions for use of the e-service are available here.