Deck Officer Class 2 Certificate of Competency (Fishing Vessel) Written Exam Preparation Course

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for candidates who are aiming to obtain a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2 Certificate of Competency from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is designed to prepare candidates to sit the SQA written examinations which are required as part of this qualification.

A Deck Officer Class 2 Certificate of Competency (Fishing Vessel) is required by Skippers of UK registered fishing vessels of more than 16.5 metres in length and qualifies the holder to command a fishing vessel up to 30 metres in length in the Limited Area around the UK. It is also qualifies the holder to act as a deck officer on any UK registered fishing vessel inside or outside the Limited Area.

Funding may be available through Seafish for this course.

Entry requirements

Sea Service Requirement: 3 years sea service with a minimum of 2 years on fishing vessels over 12m in length.

Candidates should satisfy themselves that they meet all the entry requirements for the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) by the MCA.

This course prepares students to undertake the written examinations that are part of the requirements to obtain a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2 Certificate of Competency from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

These written examinations are as follows:

  • Navigation
  • Chartwork and Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Safety and Management

The MCA Signals Exam will also be completed during the course.

How will I study my course?

    Blended. Live remote delivery with the option to attend some face to face classes.


    How long will my course last?


    11 Weeks

    How will I be assessed?

      It is a preparation course so is not assessed.

    Where can I study my course?

      Fees

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      What can I do on completion of my course?

      On completion of the course candidates should be ready to sit their written exams. If successful in these exams, and once they have completed the additional elements, candidates can then go on to obtain their Deck Officer Class 2 Certificate of Competency (Fishing Vessel).

      To obtain a Deck Officer Class 2 Certificate of Competency (Fishing Vessel) candidates are required to achieve the following ancillary courses: (I envisage links to these courses once they are ready)

      • STCW Medical First Aid at Sea
      • NAEST (Operational)
      • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
      • GMDSS General Operator’s Certificate (GOC) or GMDSS Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC)

      You will also be required to complete an oral examination. An oral examination preparation course is offered separately.

      Holding this Certificate of Competency qualifies the individual to be skipper of a UK registered fishing vessel of more than 16.5 metres in length and to command a fishing vessel up to 30 metres in length in the Limited Area around the UK. It is also qualifies the holder to act as a deck officer on any UK registered fishing vessel inside or outside the Limited Area.

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