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

Overseas students must also hold an appropriate English language qualification at IELTS 4.0 or equivalent.

To enrol on this certification programme at Warsash, you must have first completed a minimum of 21 months' approved seagoing experience on board a vessel with propulsive power of 350kW or more. After this has been achieved you must apply for a Letter of Acceptance and an MNTB workbook by sending us a completed application form and sea service form, as well as other official documentation and payment information - this will register you on the course at Warsash.

After registering, you must then complete a further nine months' approved sea service on vessels of 750kW or more, including six months' engine room watchkeeping duties, during which time you must complete the MNTB workbook to the required standard. You will then return to Warsash for tutorials, 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), you would need to undertake this separately at the Academy. You must also hold STCW certificates in Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire FightingProficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, High Voltage (Operational) and HELM (Operational) before taking your MCA oral exam. If you don't already hold these certificates, the courses can be undertaken at Warsash outside of the main course. 

Please refer to MSN 1857 for more information.

Course content (subject to individual requirements)

  • Guided study course for a general, motor/steam, and instrumentation and control engineering Knowledge exams.
  • 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; exam 'B' covers heat, fluids and electricity.
  • Academy tutorials for IAMI EK and academic written exams and MCA oral exam.

Dates, fees and availability

Please contact the admissions team for start dates, enrolment information, fees and availability.

How to book

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

Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 5004

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

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

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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