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About this course

This two-week course forms part of the second engineer officer qualification for small vessels (less than 9,000kW and less than 3,000GT) with an unlimited area limitation, issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The certification is for new and experienced crew who wish to move into the small vessel environment as engineers. A Certificate of Competency (CoC) gained through this route will be transferable between the following industries:

  • Superyachts
  • Tugs
  • Workboats
  • Standby
  • Seismic survey
  • Oceanographic research vessels
  • Government patrol vessels
  • Fishing vessels
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What you'll study

The course gives students the opportunity to demonstrate basic engineering fitting skills, component assembly, and electrical maintenance, with instructors on hand to give safety guidance and explain the tasks involved.

Please note: Previously the one-week Y4 Skills Test would be accepted in place of this new Workshop Skills Training, but this will no longer be the case from September 2022. See also MIN 524.

Why choose Warsash

All our maritime training courses have received 99% overall student satisfaction. To help build your skills on this course, you'll be taught by our team of expert lecturers and technicians in our extensive, purpose-built marine engineering workshops at our St Mary's campus.

Registering for small vessel engineer training

Those who wish to gain a small vessel engineering CoC must be officially registered by an approved maritime training provider and be in possession of an LIA/TRB and registration letter, as per MIN 594/524 and associated MSNs 1857, 1859 and 1865, as applicable.

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08.30 - 16.30 Friday