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RFA Qualified Rating
Careers / Services / RFA

RFA Qualified Rating

As an RFA rating you contribute to the ship‘s overall operational success.

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Crew member working on RFA Mounts Bay whilst it deployed in the Caribbean. RFA Mounts Bay is ready to respond to any natural disasters.

Develop specialist skills

Your hard work will see you gain a level of skill and experience that only comes from providing specialist global support to the Royal Navy. If you’ve already got experience of life at sea, you could be eligible to join on a ‘lateral entry’ basis.

Ships company from RFA Argus played their roll in mass casualty exercise that took place on board their ship.

Making a difference

The work done by our ratings is the foundation of all our operations - from the galley to the Engine Room. You’ll work together with your crewmates to provide the Royal Navy with logistical and operational support that’s second to none.
As an RFA rating, much of your training will be on the job but you’ll also have the opportunity to gain Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) certificates, funded by us. These will not only develop your RFA career, making you eligible for more senior roles, but are also recognised by other Merchant Navy employers too.

Becoming a qualified rating with the RFA is about what you can do and what you want to do, rather than what you’ve already done. For most roles, you don’t need any qualifications. What you do need is ambition and being fully committed to getting stuck in.

This is like no other merchant navy job. It’s an extremely challenging position in an organisation that’s integral to protecting our nation’s interests. If you have a sense of adventure and a determination to achieve, along with a fantastic team-spirit and willingness to learn, you could make it in the RFA.

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