Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)


NAFC Course Code: N20



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 Requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the Centre.

Candidates must:

  • 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.



  • £795

(Fees are subject to change without notice.)


Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.