Obtaining an inland navigation seaman’s certificate


Currently, we no longer organize professional qualification exams with the exception of the dangerous goods transport expert.
On January 18, 2022, a new directive on the recognition of professional qualifications in the field of inland navigation (directive 2017/2397) will enter into force.
This provides for a series of additional requirements such as for example: a practical test for the driver as well as for the passenger navigation expert.
In the course of 2022, the Walloon region aims to organize four professional qualification exams, namely:

  • sailor ;
  • driver ;
  • radar navigation ;
  • expert in passenger navigation.

The examination relating to the Rhine license and knowledge of sectors should be scheduled in the course of 2023.
We are currently busy putting in place a new system in line with the new European requirements.

Key points




SPW Mobilité et Infrastructures - Département de la Réglementation et de la Régulation des Transports - Direction de la Réglementation et du Contrôle des Voies hydrauliques - Guichet de la navigation
Canal de l'Ourthe, 9
4031 Angleur
+32 (0)4 231 65 33
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Process n° : 144512
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