MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1) Course

The general appreciation of basic marine diesel mechanics and electrics

The MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 course (AEC1) develops your basic understanding from the RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance course to a more advanced level.

About the course

This newly updated course with increased content featuring increased practical elements as per the recommendations of the MCA, provides the practical basic hands on training and theoretical knowledge of  diesel engines to enable you to work on board yachts as engineer/ dual deck engineer within the yacht, workboat, fishing, tugs sectors of the maritime industry.

Who is the AEC course for?

This course is the first level qualification for the MCA Engineering Officer training scheme.

Residential price includes all food and accommodation for the duration of your course. Non-residential price is inclusive of lunch only. You won’t find better value!

Qualify for

Enables you to work as engineer onboard a vessel over 24m, including dual role deck / engineer positions.


MCA Approved Engine Training Course Certificate Syllabus
  • General principles of compression ignition engines
  • Two- and four-stroke operation cycles and construction details
  • Fuel system and the role of air in the combustion process
  • Cooling systems and lubrication technology
  • Power transmission units and hull fittings
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Safe working practices and pollution legislation
  • Bottled LPG installations

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

Looking to work on vessels over 24 metres?

Note:  You will be required to hold the STCW Basic Safety Training qualification.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Approved Engine Course 1 04/10/2020 07/10/2020 £740 £800
Approved Engine Course 1 26/10/2020 29/10/2020 Full Full
Approved Engine Course 1 07/12/2020 10/12/2020 £740 £800
Approved Engine Course 1 25/01/2021 29/01/2021 £790 £850

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