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Approved Engine Course (AEC) (Yachts)

About this course

This MCA-approved course is entry level for commercial yachts, it is recognised by Captains and yacht crew management companies, and is ideal for those wishing to start careers within the deck or engine department of superyachts or skippering smaller yachts. It is also a first level qualification for the MCA Engineer Officer of the Watch CoC commercial yacht pathway. 

This course provides students with the basic theoretical knowledge and some practical hands-on experience of diesel engines to work as dual deck hand/engineers on yachts over 24m.


Candidates must be aged 18 or over.

Please note: to work on any vessel you will need to complete STCW Basic Safety Training.

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email


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