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Engineer Officer of the Watch (IAMI/Exam Route) - For Experienced Seafarers

About this course

This programme for experienced seafarers (ie, senior engine room ratings and other uncertificated personnel) leads to STCW '95 III/1 engineer officer of the watch (EOOW) certification.

In addition to any other training requirements specified by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) in their 'Letter of Initial Assessment', candidates will undertake International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) Engineering Knowledge (EK) exam, IAMI academic exams and/or the MCA oral exam, as required. Overseas students must also hold an appropriate English language qualification at IELTS 4.0 or equivalent.

Candidates will undertake guided study courses in preparation for IAMI EK and academic written exams at the Academy. While the EK course provides general and motor/steam engineering knowledge, the academic course provides underpinning knowledge in a number of key general engineering science subject areas as detailed below.

Whilst accumulating a minimum 30 months' sea service (including six months' engine room watchkeeping duties in the last 12 months), candidates complete a Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Training Record Book to the required standard. Candidates will then return to the Academy for tutorials, review of the MNTB Training Record Book, IAMI written exams and MCA oral exams to gain initial EOOW certification.

If MNTB workshop skills training or assessment is also required (unless exempted by the MCA), this would be undertaken separately at the Academy. Candidates must also hold STCW certificates in Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats before taking their MCA oral exam. If not already held, these courses can be undertaken at the Academy outside of the main course. 

Course content (subject to individual requirements)

  • Guided study course for a General and Motor/Steam Engineering Knowledge exam.
  • Guided study course for two academic exams (four course modules cover mechanics, naval architecture, thermodynamics, and electrics AC and DC). Exam 'A' covers mechanics, strength of materials and naval architecture, while exam 'B' covers heat, fluids and electricity.
  • Academy tutorials for IAMI EK and academic written exams and review of MNTB Training Record Book prior to MCA oral exam.

Documents for download

Summary course information
Course fee guidance notes
Booking form

Course start dates

18 September 2017
8 January 2018
23 April 2018

Please contact the admissions team for prices and availability.

How to book

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

Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 5015 

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

Course information

Training towards

STCW '95 III/1 Engineer Officer of the Watch.


Exams, and completion of required sea service and MNTB Training Record Book.

Teaching methods

Tutorials and guided study.


Minimum 30 months' sea service (including six months' engine room watchkeeping duties in the last 12 months).

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