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Which courses are accepted by the MCA for the ECDIS training requirement?

Question:
Which courses are accepted by the MCA for the ECDIS training requirement?
Answer:

The MCA will accept any of the following courses as meeting the ECDIS generic training requirements on board UK-flagged vessels:

An ECDIS course based on the IMO model course 1.27, approved by the MCA. 

An ECDIS course based on the IMO model course 1.27, approved by an administration whose certificates of competency are accepted by the MCA for the issue of certificates of equivalent competency.

An MCA approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses. For these courses to be considered as meeting ECDIS training requirements, the course must have been completed on or after 1 January 2005.

The yacht navigation and radar courses for OOW and Master are not accepted as meeting the ECDIS training requirements. Even though these courses do include some ECDIS training, they are currently too short to incorporate everything required in an ECDIS course. See MIN 503 for detailed information.

For initial issue or revalidation of a certificate of competency, slightly different rules apply.

For the revalidation of any MCA deck certificate of competency (including yachts and code vessels) the MCA will accept any of the following:

An MCA approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses, completed on or after 1st January 2005.

An MCA-approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005.

An ECDIS simulator training course in compliance with the current IMO Model Course 1.27 and accepted by the MCA for the purpose of CoC revalidation only (refer to the MCA website for a list of MCA approved and accepted courses and training providers).
The original course certificate must be submitted with the application. Deck officers not meeting the above requirement will receive the following CoC limitation: "From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid   for service on ships fitted with ECDIS."
Deck officers may subsequently request the removal of this limitation by providing documentary evidence of MCA-approved ECDIS training and submitting the required fee. See MSN 1861(M) for detailed information.

For the initial issue of an MCA deck certificate of competency (including yachts, but excluding code vessels), acceptable original ECDIS certification must be submitted. The MCA will accept any of the following:

An MCA-approved navigation, radar and ARPA simulator (NARAS) course at operational or management level, or their replacements: the navigation aids and simulator training (NAEST) operational or management courses, completed on or after 1 January 2005.

An MCA-approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005 (refer to the MCA website for a list of MCA approved and accepted courses and training providers).

See the appropriate oral exam application form for further details.

Book ECDIS training

We offer a fully MCA-approved five-day generic ECDIS course at our Warsash campus. Training is conducted in our dedicated ECDIS training suites by experienced instructors. The course is also approved by Transas as equipment-specific training for its Navi Sailor 4000 ECDIS. We also provide type-specific training on a range of other manufacturers' equipment, including Kongsberg and Sperry.

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