Applicants must be 17+ and hold four GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (or A* to C)/Scottish equivalent in Maths, English and a science-based subject. If you have other equivalent qualifications and prior learning and/or experience in the marine industry, then contact us.

Training to become an officer with the Merchant Navy means you must be able to pass the Merchant Navy Medical Exam. It is advisable to take a medical and sight test to find out if there are any medical barriers to joining the Merchant Navy.

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To apply for this course, individuals must be an EU national.

Sea Time Requirements
All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. This must include a minimum of six months’ seagoing service engaged in watchkeeping or unmanned machinery space (UMS) duties and three months’ workshop skills training. Seagoing service must be completed on merchant ships of at least 750kW and include on-board training that meets the requirements of section A-III/1 of the STCW Code. This training must be documented in an approved Merchant Navy Training Board Training Record Book (TRB) and its associated workbook.

The Industry

The Merchant Navy is the international commercial shipping industry, transporting both cargo and people to destinations worldwide.

About us

We have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our nautical college and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

A Guide To Joining

A marine Engineering Officer is responsible for the safety, performance and maintenance of the engine room and ship’s technical systems.

Cadet Programme

From Phase 1 – The Foundation Phase through to Phase 5 – Continuation of academic programme, additional short course, exam and oral preparation.

Requirements & Assessment

All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship.

Cadet Benefits

There are many benefits for cadets, both during training and once qualified. Once qualified as a marine Engineering Officer, cadets will normally begin as a 4th engineer and can progress to becoming a chief engineer.


While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.


Individuals will apply directly to a cadet training management company who will process your application.