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High Voltage (Operational Level)

About this course

This course is suitable for marine engineer officers, electrical or electro-technical officers, engineer surveyors and marine superintendents. The training gives seafarers the essential education and training in high voltage (HV) installations to meet the knowledge, understanding and proficiency requirements as set out in STCW 2010 Table A-III/1 for electrical, electronic and control systems at the operational level.

The course is a blend of classroom and practical training using dedicated facilities to enable students to achieve the following training outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the arrangement and protection of HV installations on board a vessel, including what is considered to be high voltage, typical voltages found on board ship, the reasons why modern vessels are equipped with high voltage generators, the difference between insulated and earthed neutral distribution systems, which circuits will operate at high voltage, and the function of the protection devices and their sequence of operation.
  • Knowledge of the safety requirements necessary for HV installations, including the hazards associated with high voltage, the requirements outlined in the HSE publication Electricity at Work safe working practices, the terms 'authorised and competent' person, the difference between an ordinary and a high voltage permit to work, the isolation process required to produce a high voltage permit to work, and the importance of a circuit main earth.

Further information

Please see MSN 1861(M) for further information on requirements for revalidation of Certificates of Competency (CoCs).

Further information of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendment requirement for engineer and electro-technical officers to undergo training in HV systems.

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

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

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 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

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

Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 7 October 2019 Yes £280 Enquire
Thursday 16 January 2020 No £280 Enquire
Monday 3 February 2020 No £280 Enquire
Thursday 20 February 2020 No £280 Enquire
Tuesday 14 April 2020 Yes £280 Enquire
Monday 27 April 2020 Yes £280 Enquire
Tuesday 5 May 2020 Yes £280 Enquire
Thursday 21 May 2020 No £280 Enquire
Thursday 28 May 2020 Yes £280 Enquire
Monday 3 August 2020 Yes £280 Enquire

Course information

Next available date

Monday 7 October 2019


1 day




Teaching methods

Classroom and practical training.


There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, we strongly recommend that delegates are currently working or studying in a marine engineering-related environment.

As the course delivery is in English, delegates are required to have a good understanding of the English language.

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