NPA (SCQF Level 5)


12 weeks


Sep 2024




  • Maritime
  • Maritime


  • Scottish Maritime Academy

Why take this course?

This is a course specifically designed for new entrants interested in exploring a maritime career.

This course covers the basic requirements of a trainee deckhand. It provides the necessary training to enter the Merchant Navy; the offshore supply and standby vessel fleet and the fishing industry.

In addition to the National Progression Award (NPA) in Maritime Studies, you may achieve STCW basic safety training and Seafish mandatory safety certificates (current COVID restrictions permitting) allowing you to work at sea.

Find out more here.

What you will experience

  • Vessel ropework, anchoring and mooring
  • Vessel construction and stability
  • Basic navigational watchkeeping
  • Maritime sector overview
  • Seamanship
  • Safety training (personal survival techniques; first aid; personal safety and social responsibilities and security awareness)