Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme
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 an Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg III/I) as either a Deck (Navigation) or Engineer Officer from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Holders of these certificates are qualified to serve as Deck or Engineer Officers of the Watch on a merchant ship of any size operating anywhere in the world.
next intake: Sept. 2017
For an informal chat about the cadet programme please contact Laura Burden on 01595 772000, or by email.
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 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.
You will be required to pass a Maritime & Coastguard Agency medical examination (ENG1) which includes standards for physical fitness and eyesight.
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:
|Phase 1 - At NAFC
|Phase 2 - At SEA||
|Phase 3 - At NAFC||Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science:
Other Courses and Training:
|Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Marine Engineering:
Other Courses and Training:
|Phase 4 - At SEA||
|Phase 5 - At NAFC||
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:
|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|
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.
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
Deck and engineer cadets normally start in September each year.
There may be an additional intake of Deck cadets in February each year.
NEXT INTAKE: September 2017
Course fees are normally paid by each cadet's employer.
You can also obtain an application form by contacting us here.
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.
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.