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Merchant Navy, Marine Engineering, Ship Handling, Tanker, Simulation & Offshore Training Programs and Courses at WMA

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Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA) is a maritime training college and is part of Southampton Solent University. For over 60 years the academy has provided first class training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and offshore oil industries. Warsash pioneered the use of bridge and engine room simulators for higher level training, and the Liquid Cargo Operations Simulator, which is the most advanced of its kind and was developed in house.

WMA Academy provides internationally recognized (MCA / STCW / RYA and more) certification programs, training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and off-shore oil industries and programs. The courses on offer cover a wide range of maritime education and training for deck and engineer officers from cadet level to Master (Captain) and Chief Engineer, including degree pathways, to senior officer certificates of competency, together with the associated safety training.

It is one of the United Kingdom's colleges responsible for the training of the British Merchant Shipping industry. The manned model ship handling training facility at the academy is the only one in the United Kingdom, and one of very few in the world. Warsash Superyacht Academy provides specilized training for the superyacht industry.

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Merchant Navy Training Programs


Deck Cadet Courses

  • Deck Cadet - Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Marine Operations (3 years): The Academy offers a full deck officer cadet program by a degree route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Marine Operations and a direct top-up pathway to BSc (Hons) Marine Operations Management.
  • Deck Cadet - Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science (3.5 years): he Academy offers a full deck officer cadet program by a Higher National Diploma (HND) route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Deck Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW’95 II/I OOW), and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science.
  • Officer of the Watch (HNC in Nautical Science Part 1/Exam Route) for Experienced Seafarers: This course enables candidates to achieve STCW Officer of the Watch certification by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) exam route. Candidates will receive tuition and assessment in HNC (Nautical Science) Part 1 units and NARAS(O) course as well as preparation for the SQA exams and MCA signals and oral exams, and will be expected to engage fully in the learning process and carry out some work independently. Candidates will undertake a two-term course of study.

Chief Mate Unlimited Certification

  • Chief Mate (Unlimited) - Post Foundation Degree Route: 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.  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 program.
  • Chief Mate (Unlimited) Post HND - Examination Route (15 weeks): This course enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master Certification by the SQA exam route. Candidates will receive tuition in Command Management, NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses, preparation for the SQA exams in Navigation and Ship Stability, and MCA signals and oral exams.
  • Master & Chief Mate (Examination Route) - For Experienced Seafarers: This course enables candidates to achieve Chief Mate and Master certification by the SQA exam route. Candidates will receive tuition and assessment in HND (Nautical Science) Level 5 units, the NAEST and HELM (Management Level) courses as well as preparation for the SQA exams in Navigation, and Ship Stability, and MCA signals and oral exams.

Master Unlimited Certification

  • Masters Orals (4 weeks): This four week course enables candidates to achieve Master (Unlimited) certification by the MCA oral exam route. Students will receive tuition and guided study in preparation for the MCA oral exam.

Engineer Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certification


  • Engineer Cadet - Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Engineering (3 years): The Academy offers a full engineer officer cadet program by a degree route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineer Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW A-III/I EOOW), a Foundation Degree (FdEng) in Marine Engineering and a direct top-up pathway to BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management.
  • Engineer Cadet – HND in Marine Engineering (3 years): The Academy offers a full engineer officer cadet program by a Higher National Diploma (HND) route, leading ultimately to the award of a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Engineer Officer’s Certificate of Competency (STCW III/I EOOW),and the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Marine Engineering.
  • Engineer Officer of the Watch (Specialized Route): A program leading to STCW III/1 Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Certification for candidates with specialized academic qualifications and/or experience recognized by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). In addition to any other training requirements specified by the MCA in their Letter of Initial Assessment, candidates will undertake the IAMI Engineering Knowledge (EK) written examination and/or the MCA oral exam.
  • Engineer Officer of the Watch (IAMI/Exam Route) - For Experienced Seafarers: This program for experienced seafarers (ie, senior engine room ratings and other uncertified personnel) leads to STCW '95 III/1 engineer officer of the watch (EOOW) certification.

Marine Electro-Technical Officer (METO) Unlimited Certification

Superyacht Courses & Certifications

Simulation Courses

  • Bridge Resource Management (including Simulation)
  • Bridge Team Management
  • Bridge Team Management (Paperless)
  • Crew Resource Management
  • ECDIS Paperless Transition
  • Electrical and Control Engineering for Marine Surveyors and Superintendents
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)
  • Engine Room Resource Management
  • Engineering Officer Assessments (pre-employment or pre-promotion)
  • FPSO/SBM Berthing Master Training
  • Full Mission Simulator Consultancy/Research
  • High Voltage - Management Level
  • High Voltage - Operational Level
  • LNG Cargo Operations - Management Level (SIGTTO)
  • LNG Tanker Operations (Membrane)
  • LNG Tanker Operations (Spherical)
  • Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training - Management Level
  • Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training - Operational Level
  • Petroleum Tanker Operations Simulator
  • Port Pilots - Professional Development
  • Professional Development - Ship Simulation
  • Steam Propulsion Plant Operations

Ship Handling Courses

  • Advanced Ship Handling (Manned Models)
  • Formal Assessment of Ship Handling
  • Formal Assessment of Ship Handling
  • Offshore Oil Operations
  • Pilots Combined Ship Handling (Manned Models) and Bridge Simulator
  • Pilots Emergency Procedures
  • Pilots Professional Development
  • Ship Handling (Manned Models)
  • Ship Handling and Emergency Procedures
  • Ship Handling Appreciation

Petrochemical / Tanker Courses

  • Chemical and Liquefied Gas Safety
  • Chemical Tanker Safety
  • Chemical Tanker Vetting Familiarization
  • Crude Oil Washing
  • Inert Gas Systems
  • Jetty Operators Course (Petrochemical)
  • LNG Familiarization
  • Petroleum Tanker Operations
  • Tanker Vetting Training
  • Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control
  • Volatile Organic Compound Emission Control & Crude Oil Washing

Leadership, Management and Professional Dev Courses

  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Bridge Resource Management (including simulation)
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management - Management Level
  • Human Element, Leadership and Management - Operational Level
  • Leadership Coaching for Senior Officers
  • PRINCE2® Part 1 - Foundation Level Course
  • PRINCE2® Part 2 - Practitioner Level Course
  • PRINCE2® Project Management Course
  • Training for Instructors (excluding Teaching Assessment)

Bachelors & Masters Degree Programs

  • Bachelors degree top-ups, full-time bachelors and masters programs and, blended and distance learning programs in maritime, shipping, logistics & transport Programs at Southampton Solent University.

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