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.
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.
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.