SCQF Level 7


3 years


Aug 2024




  • Maritime
  • Maritime


  • Scottish Maritime Academy

Why take this course?

Deck Officers are vital members of the ship’s operational team, responsible for navigating ships safely around the world.

The programme consists of 5 phases, usually over 3 years, and is a combination of Academy based learning and seatime.

Upon completion you will gain the MCA Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency and an HNC in Nautical Science.

Places are sponsored by shipping companies. In the first instance register your interest with Centre Manager Chris Bell   and we can chat you through the options.

Applications are through one of our training agents whom we work closely with to approve each applicant’s suitability and place on the Cadet program. 

Listen to why Kyle Mcgonagle chose the programme and his journey so far:

What you will experience

View the full programme here

  • STCW basic safety courses
  • NC in Shipping and Maritime Operations
  • Theoretical and practical elements of Efficient Deckhand
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PRCRB)
  • MNTB Entry into Enclosed spaces
  • HNC Nautical Science
  • Ancillary courses required for Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency
  • Sea phases will be undertaken and training provided as per MNTB training record book.

The Ambassadors video below provides a flavour of life as a Deck Officer.