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About this course

This programme is for those with specialised academic qualifications and/or experienced recognised by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The programme leads to STCW ’95 III/1 Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) certification. 

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What you'll study

During the final phase with us, you will undertake the required MNTB workshop skills training (unless exempted by the MCA), complete all additional STCW certification courses, and attend tutorials prior to undertaking IAMI EK written exams (on general, steam/motor, and instrumentation and control engineering knowledge) and the MCA oral exam. 

Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and oral exams guidance

When you have accrued sufficient sea time to sit an oral exam with the MCA, you are required to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE). 

This form can be downloaded from the MCA website and must be returned with original copies of your supporting documentation (sea service testimonials, STCW certificates, exam pass certificates and ENG1) to prove you are eligible for an oral exam. 

Once you have your NoE you can book your oral exam at any of the MCA offices throughout the UK. The MCA office you have chosen will not confirm your booking until you have received your NOE. Be aware they do have busy periods, so it's best to book your oral exam well in advance to ensure you get your preferred date. 

A Notice of Eligibility is valid for five years from date of issue, and for three years after a successful oral exam. You must apply for your NOE well in advance of your anticipated exam date as they can take up to six weeks to be processed. 


If you hold engineering qualifications (HNC, HND, or equivalent, or degree) completed in the UK or an EU state, you may apply for an exemption form for the IAMI academic subjects (see MIN 511 for further information). If your qualifications meet the requirements for this programme, you must apply for a Letter of Initial Assessment and an MNTB Training Record Book. You will also need to send us a completed application form and a full copy of your degree and transcript. If your degree was completed outside of the UK, you must send a copy of your NARIC

Before starting the classroom phase of this programme with us, you must pass the initial four STCW basic safety training courses. You must then complete a minimum of eight months' sea service within 12 months' industrial experience. This must also include six months' engine room watchkeeping duties. You must also hold a medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA. During the sea service period, you must complete the MNTB Training Record Book to the required standard and complete guided study course material before returning to us. 

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Solent University from week commencing 6 July 2020.

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    Engineer Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)

  • Prerequisites

    See main course description. International students must also hold an appropriate English language qualification at IELTS 4.0 or equivalent.

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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.

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Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday