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Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) at the Management Level

About this course

The course meets the latest mandatory requirements for approved training in the human element, leadership and management at the management level and the standards of competence to be achieved.

This course is normally for technical officers following an approved education and training programme leading to MCA certification as:

  • Chief mate or master on ships of 500GT or more
  • Second engineer officer or chief engineer officer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more.

It meets the obligatory requirements relevant to bridge resource management, engine-room resource management and application of leadership and teamworking skills as set out in Tables A-II/1, A-III/1 and A-III/6 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) incorporating the Manila amendments.

This training is a pre-requisite for a management level Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued by the MCA upon meeting the requirements of Regulation II/2 and III/2.

Course content

Students will be able to control the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level through the use leadership and managerial skills to ensure that:

  • The crew are allocated duties and informed of expected standards of work and behaviour in a manner appropriate to the individuals concerned;
  • Training objectives and activities are based on assessment of current competence and capabilities and operational requirements;
  • Operations are planned and resources are allocated as needed in correct priority to perform the necessary tasks;
  • Communication is clearly and unambiguously given and received;
  • Effective leadership behaviours are demonstrated;
  • Necessary team member(s) share an accurate understanding of current and predicted vessel state and operational status and external environment;
  • Decisions are most effective for the situation;
  • Operations are demonstrated to be effective and in accordance with applicable rules.

Course delivery location

From September 2018, this course will be delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

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Getting to Solent University

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 25 February 2019 Yes £650 Book
Monday 8 April 2019 No £650 Enquire
Monday 29 April 2019 No £650 Enquire
Monday 24 June 2019 Yes £650 Book
Monday 1 July 2019 No £650 Enquire
Monday 15 July 2019 No £650 Enquire
Monday 22 July 2019 No £650 Enquire
Monday 29 July 2019 Yes £650 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 25 February 2019


5 Days





Teaching methods

Learning is delivered through lectures, discussion, case studies and group work


Technical students should hold a deck or engineering certificate of competency at the operational level and meet the minimum seagoing service requirements for the issue of a management level CoC.

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