Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
The Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Certificate is the basic qualification for deck hands on UK registered merchant ships. This one-week course covers the theoretical and practical knowledge of seamanship necessary to obtain an EDH Certificate.
NOTE: There are additional requirements for obtaining an EDH Certificate including for age, sea-time and medical fitness (see 'Entry Requirements').
Entry is at the discretion of the Centre.
- be at least 17 years old.
- have a valid ENG1 medical certificate.
- have relevant experience and certification, such as:
- an MCA accepted Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and shorebased course;
- a Yacht rating with at least 6 months sea service and a steering certificate or NWR certificate;
- a Fishing Vessel Class 2 CoC or the Seafish 5 day watchkeeping course for under 16.5m fishing certificate;
- a BML Tier 1, level 2 certificate; or
- a Tug rating with at least 6 months sea time (which may be in categorised water) and a steering certificate or NWR certificate.
NOTE: before an EDH certificate can be issued you must have at least six months qualifying sea service in vessels over 15 metres in length.
Topics covered during this course include:
- Nautical Knowledge
- Code of Safe Working practices
- Shipboard Maintenance
- Pollution Prevention
- Seamanship and Practical Ropework
- Mooring & Anchoring
- Cargo Work
There are theoretical and practical assessments at the end of the course.
This is a 5 day, full-time course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre.
Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre to enquire about further course dates.
(Fees are subject to change without notice.)