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Chief Mate (Unlimited) - Post Foundation Degree Route

Course Type:
Chief Mate
Training School:
Warsash Maritime Academy
Warsash, Southampton, United Kingdom

This course enables candidates who have successfully completed a deck officer cadetship via the Foundation Degree (FdSc) route to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification. Please note that candidates who completed their FdSc cadetships at another UK maritime college will be required to undertake an FdSc Command Management unit with students on the Chief Mate exam route, although they do not need to sit the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exams.

Candidates will receive a number of presentations designed to update them on current marine issues and legislation, and prepare them for the MCA signals and oral exams. The NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses are also part of the programme.

Candidates must hold a valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in Proficiency in Medical Care before taking their MCA oral exam. This certificate must be no more than five years old. Additionally, candidates who completed the NAEST(O) course prior to 1 January 2005 must have completed an IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course before undertaking the NAEST(M) course. Both of these courses can be undertaken at Warsash outside of the main course.

Once a Chief Mate Certificate of Competency has been achieved, candidates must return to sea to accumulate a further minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer before taking a Master’s MCA oral exam to gain full Master’s certification.


6 weeks

Entry Requirements

Minimum 12 months' sea service as a watchkeeping deck officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper).

A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA.

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Warsash Maritime Academy

Southampton Solent University
Newtown Road
SO31 9ZL
United Kingdom

Tel: (+44) 02382015004
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