Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)

NAFC Course Code: N84

VOS Vigilant off Noss, Ivan Reid

VOS Vigilant off Noss, Ivan Reid


This MCA approved course follows IMO model course 1.27 and is intended to equip candidates with the basic knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch using ECDIS, interfaced with other on board equipment, to maintain safety of navigation.

An Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) certificate is required by Masters and all deck officers of UK flagged ships (including fishing boats) which have ECDIS as their primary means of navigation.

NOTE: All deck officers applying for or revalidating a UK Certificate of Competency are required to include an ECDIS certificate with their application. Where an ECDIS certificate is not included the CoC will be endorsed: "From 1 January 2017, this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS."

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (OOW CoC), or be engaged in a planned programme of training leading to the award of a such a certificate.


Topics covered during this course include:

  • SOLAS Convention and timescale for introduction
  • Electronic chart types and construction
  • Hardware and software limitations
  • Approved and non-approved systems
  • Settings, chart layers, safety parameters
  • Readme files.
  • IHO data check.
  • Position fixing and monitoring
  • Chart planning and checking

Training will include real-time simulation exercises and group work sessions using a Transas ECDIS system in a full-mission bridge simulator with full conning, radar and visual systems.


This is a 5 day, full-time course delivered at the NAFC Marine Centre.


Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre to enquire about course dates.


  • £1,000

(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.