MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1) Course

The general appreciation of basic marine diesel mechanics and electrics

The MCA Approved Engine Certificate 1 (AEC1) course 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 Small Vessels as engineer/ dual deck engineer within the yacht, workboat, fishing, tugs sectors of the maritime industry.

Who is the AEC1 course for?

This course is the first level qualification for the MCA 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 1 (AEC1).


MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC1) Course Syllabus
  • General principles of compression ignition engines
  • Two- and four-stroke operation cycles and construction details
  • Fuel system
  • The role of air in the combustion process
  • Cooling systems
  • Lubrication technology
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Power transmission units
  • Hull fittings
  • Safe working practices and pollution legislation
  • LPG cylinder installations and CO risks
  • Fixed Firefighting installations
  • Future technologies

Please follow the link for the full MCA Approved Engine Certificate (AEC1) syllabus.

Looking to work on vessels?

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 Certificate 1 29/08/2022 02/09/2022 £855 £1,015
Approved Engine Certificate 1 19/09/2022 23/09/2022 £855 £1,015
Approved Engine Certificate 1 17/10/2022 21/10/2022 £855 £1,015
Approved Engine Certificate 1 21/11/2022 25/11/2022 £855 £1,015
Approved Engine Certificate 1 05/12/2022 09/12/2022 £855 £1,015
Approved Engine Certificate 1 30/01/2023 03/02/2023 £855 £1,015

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