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Merchant Navy and RYA Training in Stromness Harbor

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Orkney College is an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The College serves the Orkney community, which is rural and predominantly agricultural. The main campus is a new purpose-built site located on a hill on the outskirts of Kirkwall. The College is one of very few non-incorporated colleges in Scotland and is the responsibility of the OIC, which has devolved considerable powers, including management, funding and staffing to the College Management Council (CMC).

Orkney College's Maritime Studies department is ideally situated on a waterfront site in busy Stromness Harbor. It has a long and distinguished history of providing education and training for generations of the seafarers from Orkney and beyond.

The department mainly concentrates on courses of study leading to the issue of Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificates of Competency (COC). Each COC is achieved by successful completion of the appropriate Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), a number of ancillary courses and an oral examination conducted by an MCA examiner. Courses for the leisure sector (RYA) are also available.

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Training Programs


Maritime Programs

  • Maritime Skills Intermediate 2 (Part-time): his Skills for Work course consists of 5 units covering a wide range of maritime skills and knowledge. It is both practical and theoretical and is an excellent grounding in the maritime industry potentially leading to a career in any sector at sea including the Merchant Navy, fishing or Marine leisure etc. This is a Skills for Work course and is open to S3 and S4 school pupils.

Maritime Professional Short Courses

  • STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques Refresher
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Medical First Aid
  • Efficient Deckhand
  • SRC Marine Radio VHF/DSC
  • GMDSS Restricted Operations Cert
  • Master Coded Vessels <200T
  • STCW 3 Day Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
  • STCW Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention Refresher (1 Day course)
  • STCW 1 Day Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher
  • Deck Safety Awareness
  • STCW PSCRB (Lifeboats)
  • STCW PSCRB (Lifeboats) Refresher
  • Human Element Limitations Management (Operational Level)

RYA Courses

  • RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • RYA Radar
  • RYA Powerboat 2

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