Celestial Navigation Refresher and Exam

Give yourself the best chance of success

As part of the Master (Yacht) CoC, all Master (Yacht) candidates are now required to pass a Celestial Navigation Exam, which tests your understanding of the theory and practise of Celestial Navigation.

About the course

At UKSA, we offer a five-day refresher course that will allow you to brush up on your Celestial and astro-navigation skills and knowledge, before sitting the MCA approved exam.

If you don’t require the refresher course, you can choose to just sit the exam, which takes place on day five.


5 days

  • Celestial Navigation

This course supports your work towards Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt).

Please be aware that the Master (Yacht) Oral examination needs to be taken within 12 months of completing the Celestial Navigation Exam as the exam pass holds a one year expiry.

Those who do not require the refresher course can just sit the exam, which will take place on the final day of the course.


It’s advisable to take this refresher course once you have completed the module and are preparing for your final exam.


The examination syllabus is divided into 3 topics:
  • Topic 1 – Determine the compass error by celestial observation
  • Topic 2 – Fix position by observation of celestial bodies
  • Topic 3 – Determine latitude by celestial observation

What’s included?

This all-inclusive course can be delivered on a residential or non-residential basis. If you opt for the residential course, the cost includes your accommodation and all food. The non-residential option includes lunch each day.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Celestial Navigation Refresher and Exam 15/07/2024 19/07/2024 £1,150 £1,370
Celestial Navigation Refresher and Exam 18/11/2024 22/11/2024 £1,150 £1,370

Don’t just take our word for it

Student – Celestial Navigation Refresher and Exam

“I was very happy to receive notification of my successful pass in the Celestial exam. I wanted to extend my gratitude again, and thank you for not only getting me through the exam, but for greatly deepening my understanding of the topic.”

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