Maritime & Nautical


Shetland UHI have a wide range of training and courses available to support those working in the maritime and nautical industries. 

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Shetland UHI offers a wide range of courses in all areas of fishing. Whether you are starting your career in fishing, or looking for further skills and tickets, we cater to your training needs.


Introduction to Commercial Fishing

  • Modern Apprenticeship: Sea Fishing 
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 1
  • Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2
  • Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 1
  • Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2
  • Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket 

Online courses: fully online courses which can be studied anywhere:

  • Fish Vaccination
  • Fish Welfare

Short Courses

  • Introduction to Commercial Fishing
  • Fish Health - Introductory
  • Fish Health - Advanced
  • Fish Welfare
  • Basic Firefighting & Prevention (Seafish)
  • Basic Health and Safety (Seafish)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW)
  • Bridge Watch-Keeping (Seafish)
  • Elementary First Aid (Seafish)
  • Safety Awareness (Seafish)
  • Stability Awareness for Fishermen (Seafish)
  • Electronic Navigation Systems (Fishing)
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  • Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations: Engine Room Rating (candidates must be supported by their employer to undertake this qualification) 

Further Training/Short Courses

  • Courses - Deck Rating to Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)
  • Experienced Seafarer to Engineering Officer of the Watch Programme (Rating to EOOW)
  • Merchant Navy Engineering Officer Cadet Programme
  • Second Engineer - less than 3,000 kW (STCW)
  • MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) - Part 1 (SC)
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Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme trains deck (navigation) and engineer officers. As a cadet you will spend part of your time studying with us and part working at sea as a trainee on board ships. You will be employed by a shipping company which will pay you a training allowance (and pay all your fees and expenses) throughout your training.

The professional and academic skills that you gain as a cadet will enable you to work as a junior deck or engineer officer on ships anywhere in the world or progress to further study.

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Training Grants for Fishermen and Seafarers

Training Grants for Fishermen and Seafarers

Fishermen undertaking training at the Scalloway Campus may be able to obtain funding towards the cost of their course from a number of sources. Find out more here.