About this course

This course enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification by the SQA exam route. Candidates will receive tuition and assessment in HND (Nautical Science) Level 5 units, the NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses as well as preparation for the SQA exams in Navigation, and Ship Stability, and COD signals and oral exams.

Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in Proficiency in Medical Care before taking their COD orals. This certificate must be no older than five years. Additionally, candidates who completed the NAEST(O) course prior to 1 January 2005 must have completed an IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course before undertaking the NAEST(M) course. Both of these courses can be undertaken at Warsash outside of the main course.

Once a chief mate certificate of competency has been achieved, candidates must return to sea to accumulate a further minimum 12 months’ sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer before taking a Master’s COD oral exam to gain full Master’s certification.

Course information

Master certification

Commonwealth Of Dominica Approved

Classroom tuition and assessment in preparation for examination.

  • Minimum 12 months’ sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper).
  • A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the COD.