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There are five basic training modules that every person working at sea is required to complete before they can be employed on a UK-registered vessel (Personal Survival Techniques, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Elementary First Aid, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Proficiency in Security Awareness). This is a mandatory safety requirement and more advanced versions of these modules will have to be completed as your career progresses. Warsash offers the mandatory basic STCW safety training courses as a Basic Safety Training Week.
Warsash Maritime Academy is an ELCAS approved training provider. If you have ELCAS funding available to you, you can use it to pay for your training. All you need to do is let us know that you will be accessing your ELCAS funding, and provide us with the relevant forms to complete on your behalf when making a booking with us.
There is no substitute for hard work and pre-study! It is strongly recommended that you read your study guides and from them try to answer the selection of past questions that we supply you. You may find that you need to search the internet to gain additional information before you fully understand the problem. By this means you will arrive at Warsash ‘knowing what you don’t know’, and this will then enable you to focus your studies during the course.
An NOE is valid for five years from date of issue, and for three years after a successful oral exam. You must apply for your NOE well in advance of your anticipated exam date as they can take up to six weeks to be processed.
No. However, if you do not include evidence of completing an MCA-recognised ECDIS course you will receive the following limitation on your new Certificate of Competency:
"From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS"
Yes. All ECDIS courses conducted at Warsash Maritime Academy since January 2005 will be accepted by the MCA for Certificate of Competency issue or revalidation purposes.
No. However, if you do not include evidence of completing an MCA-recognised ECDIS course, you will receive the following limitation on your new Certificate of Competency:
Yes. From 31 December 2013, evidence of completion of an MCA-recognised ECDIS course must be received before your Certificate of Competency can be issued.
No. The MCA-approved merchant navy NARAS/NAEST course at the operational or management level (completed on or after 1 January 2005) is approved as an ECDIS course, but the yacht courses are not as they are much shorter and include only a small amount of ECDIS content.
No. As the syllabus is the same for everyone requiring ECDIS training, we only run one type of generic ECDIS course. This means every ECDIS course we run is suitable for both yacht and merchant navy officers. All our generic ECDIS courses are suitable for those working towards yacht OOW certification, all chief mate/master students, as well as for all deck Certificate of Competency holders wishing to revalidate their Certificate of Competency.
When you have accrued sufficient sea time to sit an oral examination with the MCA, you are required to apply for an NOE. This form can be downloaded from the MCA website and must be returned with ORIGINAL COPIES all of your supporting documentation (sea service testimonials, STCW certificates, exam pass certificates and ENG1) to prove that you are eligible for an oral examination.
You will need to complete an ECDIS course acceptable to the MCA, provide documentary evidence (certificate) to the MCA, along with a request for the removal of the endorsement. The application form for 'The Replacement of a Certificate of Competency', (MSF 4299) should be used, although a police report is not required. The request for the removal of the endorsement should be stated in the 'circumstances of loss' section. You must include your Certificate of Competency, the ECDIS certificate and the fee, currently £58 (as at March 2014).
New updating training course requirements are also being introduced for all STCW certificate holders to comply with STCW 2010 requirements. The following courses are subject to updated training:
An ENG1 is a seafarers medical fitness certificate which must be renewed every two years. You must have a valid certificate work at sea. A list of approved doctors, both in the UK and overseas, can be found here.
The MCA will accept any of the following courses as meeting the ECDIS generic training requirements on board UK-flagged vessels:
An ECDIS course based on the IMO model course 1.27, approved by the MCA.
An ECDIS course based on the IMO model course 1.27, approved by an administration whose certificates of competency are accepted by the MCA for the issue of certificates of equivalent competency.
An MCA approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses. For these courses to be considered as meeting ECDIS training requirements, the course must have been completed on or after 1 January 2005.
The yacht navigation and radar courses for OOW and Master are not accepted as meeting the ECDIS training requirements. Even though these courses do include some ECDIS training, they are currently too short to incorporate everything required in an ECDIS course. See MIN 503 for detailed information.
For initial issue or revalidation of a certificate of competency, slightly different rules apply.
For the revalidation of any MCA deck certificate of competency (including yachts and code vessels) the MCA will accept any of the following:
An MCA approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses, completed on or after 1st January 2005.
An MCA-approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005.
An ECDIS simulator training course in compliance with the current IMO Model Course 1.27 and accepted by the MCA for the purpose of CoC revalidation only (refer to the MCA website for a list of MCA approved and accepted courses and training providers).The original course certificate must be submitted with the application. Deck officers not meeting the above requirement will receive the following CoC limitation: "From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS."Deck officers may subsequently request the removal of this limitation by providing documentary evidence of MCA-approved ECDIS training and submitting the required fee. See MSN 1861(M) for detailed information.
For the initial issue of an MCA deck certificate of competency (including yachts, but excluding code vessels), acceptable original ECDIS certification must be submitted. The MCA will accept any of the following:
An MCA-approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses, completed on or after 1 January 2005.
An MCA-approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005 (refer to the MCA website for a list of MCA approved and accepted courses and training providers).
See the appropriate oral exam application form for further details.
We offer a fully MCA-approved five-day generic ECDIS course at our Warsash campus. Training is conducted in our dedicated ECDIS training suites by experienced instructors. The course is also approved by Transas as equipment-specific training for its Navi Sailor 4000 ECDIS. We also provide type-specific training on a range of other manufacturers' equipment, including Kongsberg and Sperry.
Check dates and availability and book.
Any award certificate queries (HNC/HND/FD) need to be forwarded to: firstname.lastname@example.org and the awards department at Southampton Solent University will help you obtain a copy of your certificate.
There is limited accommodation available for senior officers at the Warsash campus along with a café, bar and restaurant facilities. There is also a website where students can book bed and breakfast accommodation off campus in the local area. The accommodation listed has a range of prices and facilities: www.warsashhousing.co.uk
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