MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 (AEC2) Course

The general appreciation of basic marine diesel mechanics and electrics

The MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 (AEC2) course leads on from the AEC1, providing practical hands on training and theoretical learning across a range of auxiliary systems.

About the course

This new course leads on from the Approved Engine Course 1, providing practical hands on training and theoretical learning across a range of auxiliary systems aboard Small Vessels within the yacht, workboat, fishing, tugs sectors of the maritime industry. It will enable you to work on board yachts as engineer/ dual deck engineer.

Who is the AEC2 course for?

This course is the second level qualification for the MCA Small Vessel Engineering Officer training scheme.

The all-inclusive price includes all food and accommodation for the duration of your course. Non-residential price is inclusive of lunch only.

Qualify for

Enables you to work as engineer onboard a Small Vessel, including dual role deck / engineer positions.


MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 (AEC2).


  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • Must have completed MCA approved AEC 1 course
  • Or an equivalent where one can clearly demonstrate that previous qualifications and experience held cover the contents of the AEC 1 syllabus. This will be reviewed case for case review, when an application for exemption is received
  • Or possess a suitable exemption as per the MIN 524
Looking to work on vessels?

Note:  You will be required to hold the STCW Basic Safety Training qualification and an ENG1 Medical Certificate.


MCA Approved Engine Certificate 2 (AEC2) Course Syllabus
  • Refrigeration Systems
  • Legislation and Management requirements
  • Maintenance Systems
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Lifting
  • Electrical Distribution Systems
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Theoretical Knowledge for Maintenance
  • Practical Skills for Maintenance
  • Potable Fresh Water Systems
  • Sewage Systems

Please follow the link for the full MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC2) syllabus.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Approved Engine Certificate 2 24/06/2024 28/06/2024 £625 £825
Approved Engine Certificate 2 22/07/2024 26/07/2024 £900 £1,100
Approved Engine Certificate 2 26/08/2024 30/08/2024 £900 £1,100
Approved Engine Certificate 2 09/09/2024 13/09/2024 £900 £1,100
Approved Engine Certificate 2 18/11/2024 22/11/2024 £900 £1,100
Approved Engine Certificate 2 16/12/2024 20/12/2024 £900 £1,100

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