Further Study Options in pursuing a Career at Sea.

Higher Professional Certification leading to:

  • Chief Mate
    The next professional certificate to be gain by Deck Officers enabling the holder to serve as the second in command of a ship. The Chief Mate will typically take responsibility for cargo planning and overseeing the deck crew and ships deck maintenance programme. 

  • Master  
    The highest level of professional qualification for Deck Officers enabling the holder to take command of a ship.
  • Second Engineer  
    The next professional certificate to be gained by Engineering Officers. Responsible for all the junior engineers and other engine room staff. Plans the overall maintenance schedule for all the machinery found in the engine room and other technical systems
    throughout the vessel.
  • Chief Engineer
    The highest level of professional qualification for Engineer Officers enabling the holder to take responsibility for all the technical systems on a ship.

  • Electro-Technical Officer
    At present there is no higher level of certification for Electro-Technical Officers with promotion being based on experienced gained and completion of other specialist training.

Higher Academic Studies:

Each of the cadet training programmes will certificate their academic studies in the form of a recognised qualification. This will either be an HNC (Higher National Certificate), HND (Higher National Diploma), FdSc (Foundation Degree - England) or PD (Professional Diploma - Scotland).

There are also opportunities for candidates who have the academic ability and desire to study for a higher level of academic award above those they achieved whilst completing their cadet training programme.

The opportunity also exists to complete further studies leading to the award of a full Honours degree. This will either require a specific funding agreement from your sponsor company, or be undertaken under a self-funding arrangement where this is not available. This funding will follow the rules and structure applicable to most university students.

Updated:     February 2018.