Deck Rating to Officer of the Watch
This course is aimed at deck ratings who wish to qualify as a deck officer. Candidates must have at least 36 months of sea time as a deck rating.
On successful completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Competency qualifying you to serve as a junior deck officer on merchant ships of any size operating anywhere in the world, plus academic qualifications that can allow you to progress to further study:
- a Deck Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/1) from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
- a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Nautical Science.
- relevant short course certificates, including First Aid and Fire Fighting.
Candidates must have at least 36 months qualifying sea service as a deck rating on merchant ships with at least 6 months engaged in bridge watchkeeping duties.
See MCA Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1856 (pdf) for full details.
The programme covers a wide range of subjects relevant to the duties of ships' officers, including:
- Chartwork and Tides
- Navigational Mathematics and Science
- Marine Cargo Operations
- Naval Architecture - Ship Construction
- Celestial Navigation
- Ship Stability - An Introduction
- Bridge Watchkeeping
- Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)
- Human Element, Leadership & Management (HELM) - Operational
- GMDSS General Operator's Certificate (GOC)
- Medical First Aid
- Navigation Aids & Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST) - Operational
The course also prepares candidates to sit the written and oral examinations required to obtain a Deck Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.
This is a 10 month full-time course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre.
The majority of the course is delivered through taught classes, group work and study, alongside other deck officer students. About 10% of the course will involve guided self-study.
Assessment will be by means of open and closed-book examinations, oral questioning, practical activities, graded presentations and course work.
You will also have to pass an oral examination by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to obtain a Certificate of Competency.
- 3 Sept 2018 - July 2019
Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre for further dates.
(Fees are subject to change without notice.)
Candidates may apply for financial support to the Slater Fund which helps ratings study for a first certificate of competency. The fund is managed by the Marine Society with Nautilus International, and offers Slater Scholarships of up to £18,500, with an additional discretionary £1,500 for completing the programme.
For further details see: www.marine-society.org/slater-scholarship.