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I am studying for my OOW (Yachts, less than 3000GT) Certificate of Competency, do I need to complete an ECDIS course?

Question:
I am studying for my OOW (Yachts, less than 3000GT) Certificate of Competency, do I need to complete an ECDIS course?
Answer:

No. However, if you do not include evidence of completing an MCA-recognised ECDIS course, you will receive the following limitation on your new Certificate of Competency:

"From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS"

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