Minimum Age: Not prescribed.

Prerequisite Certificate: Mate Class 1, Master Class 2 and meet the requirement for certification of an officer in charge of a navigational watch of ships not less than 500 gross tonnage and have approved seagoing service in that capacity.

Required Sea Service:

(a) 12 months of seagoing service, with the candidate holding a Master Class 2 Certificate of Competency;
(b) 36 months approved seagoing service in charge of a navigation watch on ships 500 gross tonnage or over while holding a Certificate of Competency not lower than Deck Watchkeeper;
(c) In the case of (a) and (b) at least 12 months must have been served on trading ships of 3000 gross tonnage or over on unlimited voyage.

Course of Study

Must have satisfactorily completed an appropriate course of study that at least meets the standards specified in Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code’78, as amended and includes management training and knowledge of the International Safety Management Code and includes practical training in ECDIS, ARPA, radar and electronic navigation and relevant simulator training and assessment.

Must hold the following current Certificates:

(a) valid Certificate of Medical Fitness for service in the deck department;
(b) valid eye sight and color test certificate;
(c) Certificate of Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue Boats - Section A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code’78, as amended;
(d) Medical care. Section A-VI/4, Paragraphs 4-6 of the STCW Code’78, as amended;
(e) Advanced Firefighting and Control. Section A-VI/3 of the STCW Code’78, as amended;
(f) Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. Section A- VI/1-4 of the STCW Code’78, as amended;
(g) GMDSS General Operators Certificate; or Radio Operators Certificate
(h) Bridge Resource Management Certificate.


Must have passed a written, oral and practical examination in appropriate operational knowledge conducted by a governing body Nautical Examiner.

Classes @ FMA

9 - 13 January 2017

 Updating Course for Deck Officer -  Management Level

23 - 27 January 2017  Updating Course for Deck Officer -  Operational Level