Overview top

South Shields Marine School offers courses for seafaring marine engineers at Management Level III/2 to cover the following examinable subject areas:

Professional Subjects:

  • Engineering Knowledge General and

  • Engineering Knowledge Motor or

  • Engineering Knowledge Steam

From the 1st January 2017 the Second and Chief Engineer ‘Engineering Knowledge’ examinations will be combined to form one management level ‘Engineering Knowledge’ examination.

If you pass the management examination before to obtaining your Second Engineer Certificate of Competency you will NOT need to repeat it to gain a Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency.  

Entry Requirements top

To study this course, you must have:


EOOW (III/1) or equivalent Certificate of Competency


Second Engineer (III/2) or equivalent Certificate of Competency


The necessary sea service to apply for a Notice of Eligibility for either Second or Chief Engineer.

Full details can be found in sections 3.5 and 3.6 of MCA document MSN1857(M+F) available from the MCA website.

Assessment top

The current method of assessment is by external examination prepared by SQA on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Candidates must pass all elements of the Engineering Knowledge examinations and within three years also pass their MCA Oral Examination*. The candidate will then be awarded the Certificate of Competency. Written examination papers are of three hours duration. * Please note: All candidates must be in possession of an MCA Notice of Eligibility to apply for either the oral or the SQA examinations.

Further Information top


MCA document MSN1857(M+F) available form the MCA website.

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.