Your Studies

Learn more about your studies as a Deck, Engineer or ETO Cadet in the British Merchant Navy.


Your Studies as a Deck, Engineer or ETO Cadet in the British Merchant Navy.

A key stage in your training is the issue of a Certificate of Competency* for which the following must be achieved:


The medical standard, including vision.


Completion of initial training.


Completion of appropriate sea service, including watchkeeping.


Successful completion of an approved training programme and assessments.


Successful completion of the required ancillary training.


Success in the M.C.A oral examination.


Merchant Navy Medical Examination

The SSTG recruitment process includes the requirement for all candidates to undertake a Merchant Navy Medical examination and gain an unrestricted medical certificate. In most cases we will interview candidates and issue Offers of Sponsorship subject to obtaining a medical certificate. However, where a candidate has an existing condition which might influence the candidate’s ability to obtain an unrestricted medical certificate, our advice would usually be for the candidate to obtain a medical certificate early in the process.

Training Programme

All SSTG Deck, Engineer and Electro-Technical Officer Cadets follow an MNTB/MCA* approved training programme.

Phase 1: Initial College Phase
Programme introduction, initial academic studies and professional safety training.
Phase 2: Initial Sea Phase
Introduction to a life at sea, commencement of practical training recorded in the Training Record Book* and introduction to watchkeeping.
Phase 3: Interim College Phase
Review of initial sea phase and continuation of academic studies.
Phase 4: Final Sea Phase
Completion of Training Record Book, sea training workbook and watchkeeping.
Phase 5: Final College Phase
Completion of any outstanding academic studies and assessments, advanced short courses and preparation for the MCA oral examination.

There a small number of exceptions to the standard framework above and some colleges will alter the duration of college phrases to fit around college and public holidays.

Further Information

* A valid Certificate of Competency (CoC) is a requirement for all officers working on merchant navy vessels.

*MNTB/MCA. Merchant Navy Training Board / Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

*The MCA Training Record Book is used throughout your training to record completion of key tasks. Successful completion is a pre-requirement for sitting examinations.

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