The initial college studies will be common to all Officer Cadets and include:
Your later studies will concentrate on navigation and stability which are the bedrock of the Deck Officer's duties. Other subjects will include meteorology, cargo work, marine law and management.
Experience gained at sea will include:
At the end of your Officer Cadet training programme, you will qualify with a Deck Officer of the Watch (DOOW) Certificate of Competency.
This will enable you to take a watch on any size of vessel trading anywhere in the world. In a very small number of cases, vessel type specific training may be required, although this is usually easily achieved and any additional training short in duration.
After completing at least 18 months sea service as a qualified Officer holding DOOW certification, further education and training can be taken which will qualify the candidate to hold a position as Chief Mate.
A similar pattern of experience needs to be undertaken including a further 18 months service and additional education and training before the candidate can qualify as Master (or Captain).
In addition to qualifying for more senior roles you will also have to demonstrate the required personal qualities for promotion as vacancies arise.
Many seafarers consider following a career ashore later in their maritime working life. Many opportunities are available to enable seafarers to utilise their skills and experience gained at sea in employment ashore.
Updated: December 2016.