Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)
MCA Masters training consists of several different training modules required to be completed before attending and oral exam to obtain the Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) Certificate of Competency.
Master (Yachts less than 500gt)
To qualify for issue of the Master (Yachts less than 500gt) CoC a candidate must meet all of the following requirements:
a) Have a minimum of 12 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including not less than 120 days Watchkeeping Service, in vessels of 15 metres or over in load line length whilst holding an accepted OOW STCW Reg. II/1 (Yachts less than 3000gt) Coc.
b) Have fully met the education and training requirements for the issue of the MCA Chief Mate STCW Reg. II/2 (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC.
c) Hold all of the pass certificates for the training required to obtain the Master (Yachts less then 500gt) CoC (please find required training modules below).
Master (Yachts less than 3000gt)
To qualify for issue of the Master (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC a candidate must meet all of the following requirements:
a) Have a minimum of 24 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including not less than 240 days Watchkeeping Service whilst holding an accepted OOW STCW Reg. II/1 (Yachts less than 3000gt) Coc. All of this service must be completed in vessels of 15 metres or over in load line length and include 12 months in vessel of 24 metres or over in load line length, of 6 months in vessels of 500gt or more
b) Hold a Certificate of Proficiency for Person in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship (STCW A-VI/4-2)
c) Hold either a MCA Master STCW Reg. II/2 (Yachts less than 500gt or have passed all written examinations and short courses required for the issue of that certificate. Note: As training module pass certificates are valid for three years, candidates are advised to obtain the MCA Master (Yachts less than 500gt) CoC where circumstances may preclude then from attempting the Master (Yachts less than 3000gt oral examination before the modules expire.
d) Pass the Master (Yachts less than 3000gt) oral examination
New Requirements for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)
Celestial Navigation Exam Pass
From the 31st December 2013 and MCA approved Celestial Navigation pass certificate will be required for the Master (Yacht less than 500gt/3000gt) CoC.
Please be aware Celestial Navigation is only valid for one year from the date of issue.
Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) Training
From the 31st August 2013 an MCA approved HELM (Management level) certificate is required for the issue of a Master (Yacht less than 500gt/3000gt) CoC.
Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS)
For your CoC to be issues after 31st December 2013 you must complete an MCA approved ECDIS course.
Required training for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) modules:
This course covers the basic principles of hydrostatics, hull form and static and initial stability. It also includes the interpretation of curves of statical stability, ships stability data and calculations involving loading and shifting of weights, dry docking, longitudinal stability and basic calculation.
This course starts with a basic introduction to civil and criminal law, negligence and duty of care. The structure of the UK Maritime Framework introduces maritime legislation, information and accident investigation including on board record keeping and requirements. Other subject areas include an introduction to international law, safety management, certification, documentation, safety requirements and sea worthiness.
This course includes passage planning, training in the use of ECDIS, knowledge of IRPCS, competence in search and rescue, a full understanding and expertise in the use of radar and ARPA. During the course, five days is spent in our navigation simulator.
This course has five sections: Seamanship; including heavy weather, emergency action, ship handling, dry docking. Navigation; including watchkeeping procedures, IRPCS and passage planning. Meteorology; including atmospheric stability, air masses, local variations, pressure and meteorological forecasting. MARPOL; including IMO conventions concerning safety of life and environmental protection. Code of Safe Working Practices; including personal safety, safety officer responsibility, incident reporting and investigation.
The module will give the candidate knowledge of medical care at sea together with the confidence that will allow them to deal safely with any situation. The course contains both theoretical and practical elements.
This course will cover the general principles of operation of an Electronic Chart System and the regulations for the operation and will include time spent on basic software learning the methods of setting up, updating, loading new charts and software. Two days will be spent learning the basic operation before moving on to passage planning and performing a series of tasks on the ship simulator to fully understand navigating using Electronic Charts. Mandatory training for watch keeping officers on ECDIS fitted ships from 2017.
The HELM management level (5 day) course is now required for candidates applying for the Chief Mate (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC. The course provides Masters and Officers with the knowledge, understanding, skills and tools to effectively manage and lead crew aboard.
As of 31st December 2013 all candidates applying for a Masters Coc are required to pass a Celestial Navigation exam at an MCA approved Training Provider, at UKSA we run a 3 day Celestial Navigation Refresher course which includes the MCA Approved exam.
This course is highly recommended as an intense final preparation after the completion of all Master 500gt modules and immediately before the final oral exam. The course is designed to explore, educate and test your knowledge and prepares you to answer questions clearly, accurately and comprehensively. Exams need to be booked directly with the MCA and will be held at a MCA Marine Office. You will need a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) before being able to book an exam.REGISTER INTEREST