Overview top

This is a 9 week package for students following MNTB FD / SPDA route to Chief Mate Certification holding an MCA OOW certificate of competency including all elements currently required for Chief Mate’s certification. Students must have at least 12 months watch-keeping sea time while holding Deck OOW Certificate of Competence.

For MCA Chief Mate STCW (as amended) all II/2 candidates require:

1.     Medical Care Aboard Ship

2.     HELM Management

3.     NAEST Management

4.     MCA Orals

Entry Requirements top

For MCA Chief Mate STCW (as amended) AII/2 candidates require:

1. Medical Care Aboard Ship

2. HELM Management

3. NAEST Management

4. MCA Orals Students must have 12 months watch-keeping sea time while holding Deck OOW CoC and holding an MCA OOW certificate of competency including all elements currently required for Chief Mate's certification.

Further Information top

MCA Orals examination (£201) *All candidates will need to apply for a Notice of Eligibility, the above mentioned payment of £201 should be sent and dealt directly with the MCA. You can find the relevant form and details on their website: www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-uk-seafarer-coc-deck-and-engineer-officers#appforms.

The South Shields Marine School team in the Deck Officer Certification School are busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September/October 2020.

Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional programmes, but here at South Shields Marine School we have developed our professional standards for academic delivery with an effective approach to your programme of study which includes safe face-to-face teaching. This involves careful timetabling to dedicate each group (bubble) to a single classroom to prevent excessive movement and contact with others. Hand sanitiser and face coverings (masks) will be provided. Start times, coffee breaks, lunch and end times will be staggered as far as possible. Classroom windows will be open to increase fresh air flow.

Should there be a re-introduction of restrictions by the Government then we are also prepared to continue to deliver your programmes remotely.

The Curriculum Leaders remain active and will be meeting you during the first week to say hello, along with all of the lecturing team who will guide your learning and help with your assessments.  

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the marine administration office if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Marine admin office details contact email / telephone number:


Sam Morgan or Lucy Howlett for deck cadet enquiries:


t: 0191 427 3930



t: 0191 427 3695


Fiona Thomson or Natalie Todd for OOW or Chief Mate enquiries:

e: nautical.studies@stc.ac.uk

t: 0191 427 3592/3616

Dates & Fees

Contact us for current course dates and fees.