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About this course

This MCA-approved course is entry level for those wishing to work on yachts, workboats, fishing vessels, tugs, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels.  

It is recognised by captains and yacht crew management companies and is ideal for those wishing to start careers within the deck or engine department of superyachts or other small vessels.  

See career progression chart for this course

What you'll learn

This course will provide you with the basic theoretical knowledge and some practical hands-on experience of diesel engines to work as dual deck hand/engineers on yachts over 24m. 

Small vessel engineer training record books

The MCA has made changes on how students can access the Training Record Book, which must now be through an MCA-approved training provider.

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Further information

See our small vessel engineer officer progression chart for more information about this pathway. 

Course information

  • Next available date

    On demand

  • Duration


  • Price


  • Approvals


  • Career progression

    Yacht / small vessel engineer

  • Prerequisites

    You must be aged 18 or over and have successfully completed your STCW Basic Safety Training.

Course availability

Please contact our short course sales team for more information around course
+44 (0)23 8201 3074

Contact us

Please contact our short course sales team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday