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About this course

This course is fully taught online through live lectures and is taught within UK time zones. Delegates will need a good internet connection and access to Microsoft Teams. If you wish to attend this course on campus, please see the campus delivery course page for booking information.

This course forms part of the second engineer officer qualification for small vessels less than 9,000kW and less than 3,000GT (unlimited area). 

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

  • Fishing vessels 
  • Superyachts 
  • Tugs 
  • Workboats 
  • Standby 
  • Seismic survey 
  • Oceanographic research vessels 
  • Government patrol vessels 

Further information about this new pathway can be found in MIN 524

You’ll be taught by our expert team of dedicated maritime lecturers, many of whom are ex-seafarers with either commercial or superyacht experience up to Chief Engineer (Unlimited) status. 

See career progression chart for this course

What you'll study

The course covers legislation, watchkeeping, maintenance, pollution, bunkering, sewage plants, air conditioning, fresh water, motion control (stabilisation), fire fighting, and ship construction. 

Pre-course preparation

This course is based on lecturer led learning and revision, followed by an exam on the afternoon of the final day. A full set of study notes is provided on application and six weeks’ preparatory study must be undertaken before starting the course. 

On application, you will receive a website link and an access code - this will give you access to our teaching packs. These include course notes, past questions and other teaching materials which can be downloaded as a pdf for easy reading on laptops and mobile devices. 

We strongly recommend you undertake at least six weeks' pre-study of our teaching packs before starting your course. Your week with us is essentially a revision week before the exam on the Friday. 

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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Further information

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

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Solent University.

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    Yacht / small vessel second engineer

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Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

Contact us

Please contact the admissions 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

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