Top-level deck qualifications

MCA deck officer training

MCA deck officer training certificates are the highest qualifications in the yachting industry, and UKSA is one of the best places in the world to train for them. In fact, we’re one of the top 3 providers of MCA certificates in the yachting world.

MCA Officer of the Watch, MCA Chief Mate and MCA Master certificates require a combination of pre-entry requirements, training courses, assessments and sea service.

These certificates are only for experienced professionals, so if you are looking to start your career in the industry take a look at our yacht training courses.

Training at UKSA

We are recognised throughout the industry as being world-class providers of MCA deck officer training. We have expert teachers and fantastic facilities, including a new simulator suite, and everything is on site. We don’t think you’ll find a better value training provider. All of our MCA training courses are all-inclusive, meaning that there are no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises, and all of your food and accommodation is included in the price.

Our doors don’t close when classes end: we have evening seminars and you’ll have access to facilities after teaching hours. There’s also a great social aspect to training at UKSA thanks to our lively bar with regular events and convivial atmosphere. As as an MCA student you’ll be in one of our premium en-suite rooms on the waterfront.


We have several intakes per year on all of our MCA courses so can be very flexible. You can either do individual modules at times that suit you, or you could do the whole course in one go. We also understand the nature of the industry. We know that it can be hard to commit to dates until the last minute, so we aim to be as flexible as possible to accommodate our MCA students. We’re always happy to talk through the options to work out what would suit you best.

Who will I be taught by?

We have some of the most highly regarded people in the industry teaching our courses, and we know that this is why some students choose UKSA over other providers. We can’t guarantee who will be teaching each course in advance, but our regular teachers include:

Captain Bill Tate: Head of Maritime Studies. Bill is a master mariner with over 30 years of sea going experience and 15 years of teaching MCA yacht modules. He oversees all our MCA training and is a member of the MCA Yacht Qualification Panel.

Paul Martin: Paul teaches our radio communications courses. He’s an ex-Merchant Navy radio operator and with 25 years at coastal radio stations he certainly knows his stuff!

Fred: Fred has worked in the yachting industry for 15 years, starting on sailing boats before, as he says, “moving to the dark side, power!” He began teaching OOW modules at UKSA during his time as a relief captain, and is in demand as a freelance MCA teacher.

So whether you’re after Officer of the WatchChief MateMaster or individual MCA modules we can help. Explore these web pages or call one of our MCA course advisors today on +44 (0) 1983 203001.

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