About General Purpose Ratings (G.P Ratings) & C.D.C


GP Rating stands for General Purpose Rating. This is a 6 month long pre-sea course and can be joined after completing high school or 10th Standard. GP Rating focuses on training cadets on two main departments, Deck Crew and Engine Crew. This course also includes training in swimming, Physical drills, workshop, fire safety, life saving, rope and mast climbing.

Eligibility: 10th standard Pass

Physical fitness: Should undergo medical and Eye testing

GP Rating provides exciting opportunity and adventurous career. After successful completion of the training student should pass external exam which will be conducted by Board of Examinations of Seafarers (BES). After passing the exams Indian CDC will be issued and cadets are eligible for ships around the work.

C.D.C. means a Continuous Discharge Certificate (Seafarer’s Identity Document). This document certifies that the person holding this is a seaman as per The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended 1995. Every seafarer must carry this document while on board, which is also an official and legal record of his sea experience.

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