Cadet Programme

  • Learn at NAFC and at Sea

  • Less than 3 years study

  • Earn while you learn

  • Fees and expenses paid

  • Nationally recognised qualifications

When I was 12 years old I wrote a
school report about the Panama Canal.

As an Engineer Officer Cadet I got
to sail through it for real.

This is the film I made of my incredible experience:

James Black

Next start date: Sept. 2018

For an informal chat about the cadet programme please contact Laura Burden on 01595 772000 or by email to laura.burden@uhi.ac.uk

Overview

This programme trains Deck and Engineer Officers for the Merchant Navy through periods of study at NAFC alternating with periods of service at sea on merchant ships.

During the programme cadets are employed or sponsored directly by a shipping company or by another organisation who will provide sea service and support.

On successful completion of the programme cadets will receive a certificate of competency qualifying them to serve as an officer on merchant ships of any size operating anywhere in the world, plus academic qualififcations:

Deck Officer Cadets will receive:

  • a Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg III/I) from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science.
  • a National Certificate (NC) in Shipping & Maritime Operations.
  • relevant short course certificates, including: First Aid, Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, etc.

Engineer Officer Cadets will receive:

  • an Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg III/I) from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Marine Engineering.
  • a National Certificate (NC) in Shipping & Maritime Operations.
  • relevant short course certificates, including: First Aid, Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, etc.

Entry Requirements

You should normally have a minimum of four National 5s (or GCSE or Standard Grade passes at Grade C/3 or above), including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject.

Applications from those who do not have these qualifications may also be considered - contact Laura Burden on 01595 772000 or by email to laura.burden@uhi.ac.uk to discuss.

You must be a resident in the UK, and have had residency in the UK for at least 36 months, be a National of an EU Member State, and hold a passport of an EU member State.

Medical

You will be required to pass a Maritime & Coastguard Agency medical examination (ENG1) which includes standards for physical fitness and eyesight.

Content

The programme includes periods of study at NAFC alternating with periods of service at sea on merchant ships (see 'Study Mode' for further details).

The indicative content of the different phases of the programme for Deck and Engineer Officer Cadets are as follows:

PhaseDeck Officer
Cadets
Engineer Officer
Cadets
Phase 1 - At NAFC
  • Induction.
  • STCW Basic Training: Personal Survival Tecniques; Elementary First Aid; Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting; Personal Safety & Social Responsibility; Proficiency in Security Awareness; Entry into Enclosed Spaces.
  • FEC & Company Induction
  • National Certificate (NC) Shipping & Maritime Operations.
  • Study Skills, Core Skills: Communications, Numeracy & IT.
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats.
  • Efficient Deck Hand (EDH).
  • Signals.
  • Ship Visits.
  • Induction.
  • STCW Basic Training: Personal Survival Tecniques; Elementary First Aid; Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting; Personal Safety & Social Responsibility; Proficiency in Security Awareness; Entry into Enclosed Spaces.
  • FEC/HEI & Company Induction.
  • National Certificate (NC) Shipping & Maritime Operations.
  • Study Skills, Core Skills: Communications, Numeracy & IT.
  • Ship Construction & Stability; Statics; Dynamics; Strength of Materials; Marine Heat Engines; Marine Electrical Fundamentals; Marine Engineering Practice; Electrical Principles.
  • Workshop Skills.
  • Ship Visits.
Phase 2 - At SEA
  • Shipboard Induction & Familiarisation.
  • Development of basic seamanship and seafarer skills.
  • Undertake planned training documented in MNTB Training Record Book.
  • Shipboard Induction & Familiarisation.
  • Familiarisation with marine engineering operations.
  • Undertake planned training documented in MNTB Training Record Book.
  • Undertake NC Unit Engineer Officer Work Based Learning 1: Operations & Maintenance.
Phase 3 - At NAFC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science:
  • Chartwork & Tides.
  • Navigational Mathematics & Science.
  • Meteorology.
  • Bridge Watchkeeping.
  • Marine Cargo Operations.
  • Ship Stability - Introduction.
  • Naval Architecture - Ship Construction.
  • Celestial Navigation

Other Courses and Training:
  • Marine Emergency Response & Communication.
  • Marine Law & Management.
  • Navigation Aids & Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST) - Operational.
  • GMDSS General Operators Certificate (radio).
  • Medical First Aid.
  • Human Element, Leadership & Management (HELM) - Operational.
Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Marine Engineering:
  • Marine Heat Engine Principals.
  • Auxiliary Thermodynamic Principals.
  • Dynamics & Machines.
  • Statics & Strengths of Materials.
  • Propulsion.
  • Naval Architecture.
  • Ship Construction.
  • Engineering Drawing.
  • Mathematics.
  • Electrical & Electronic Devices.
  • Electric Motors & Generators.
  • Fundamentals of Control Systems & Transducers.
  • Safety Engineering & the Environment.

Other Courses and Training:
  • High Voltage Training (Operational)
  • Workshop Skills.
Phase 4 - At SEA
  • Bridge & cargo handling duties & responsibilities, including understudying the role of the Officer of the Watch.
  • Complete programme of shipboard training documented in Training Record Book.
  • Development of shipboard operations & skills - moves from basic skills to engineering operations duties & responsibilities, including understudying the role of the Engineer Officer of the Watch.
  • Complete programme of shipboard training documented in Training Record Book.
  • Complete NC Unit Engineer Officer Work Based Learning 2: Safety & Management.
Phase 5 - At NAFC
  • Advanced Fire Fighting.
  • Additional short courses.
  • Preparation for MCA & SQA examination.
  • MCA oral examinations and final SQA written examinations.
  • Advanced fire fighting.
  • Additional short courses.
  • Completion of MNTB workhop skills.
  • Preparation for MCA & IAMI examinations.
  • MCA oral examinations and final IAMI written examinations.

Study Mode

This is a full-time programme lasting just under 3 years. It includes periods of study at NAFC alternating with periods of service at sea on merchant ships.

The approximate durations of the phases of the programme are:

  

Deck Officer
Cadets

Engineer Officer
Cadets
Year 1 At NAFC 21 weeks 29 weeks
  At Sea 31-40 weeks 23 weeks
Years 2-3 At NAFC 29 weeks 42 weeks
  At Sea 54 weeks 41 weeks
Year 3 At NAFC 15 weeks 14 weeks

Qualifications

On successful completion of the programme you will receive the following qualifications:

  • A Deck Officer OR Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg III/I) from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • A National Certificate (NC) in Shipping & Maritime Operations
  • A Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science OR Marine Engineering
  • Relevant short course certificates, including: First Aid, Fire Fighting, Sea Survival, etc.

Career

A Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited certificate of competency qualifies you to serve as a junior deck (navigation) officer on board a merchant ship anywhere in the world.

An Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited certificate of competency qualifies you to serve as a junior engineer officer on board a merchant ship anywhere in the world.

With sea service as a junior officer and additional training you will be able progress to higher ranks or to obtain further academic qualifications.

Dates / Fees

Dates

NEXT INTAKE: September 2017

Deck and engineer cadets normally start in September each year. There may be an additional intake of Deck cadets in February each year.

Fees

Course fees are normally paid by each cadet's employer.

Apply

Download an Application Form (Word format) or you can Contact NAFC for a form.

Notes

Employment / Sponsorship: acceptance on the NAFC Merchant Navy Cadet Programme is dependent on the applicant being employed or sponsored by a shipping company, ship manager, or by another organisation on their behalf who will provide the sea service and at-sea training necessary for the award of an MCA certificate of competency.

In addition to completing this form applicants will be required to apply directly to one or more of these companies or organisations. NAFC will assist applicants in identifying employment and sponsorship opportunities and in completing the necessary applications.

Medical: Officer cadets must be physically and mentally fit for service at sea with good vision (not colour blind) and will have to pass an MCA ENG1 medical examination. NAFC can provide further information and guidance if required.

Queries

If you have any queries about NAFC's Merchant Navy Cadet Programme, would like to discuss it with a member of staff, or require any advice or guidance please contact Laura Burden on 01595 772000 or by email to laura.burden@uhi.ac.uk