GU-04. Preparatory Course for the Examination Conducting to a Management Level COC (Deck)


This is a preparatory course for those officers wishing to enroll in an official examination to obtain a Certificate of Competency at the management level, Deck department. This course is optional, being designed in accordance to competencies included in the STCW Code, Table A-II/2, of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW/78), as amended.

Course Type:

Blended: 75% Online (on GIMET e-learning platform) and 25% Effective Classroom Sessions conducted by Zoom/Teams or conducted by a real instructor. On request, Simulation Sessions can be included in the course, using our latest fashioned iCloud Wartsila NTPRO 5000 simulator, which permit remote operation of student stations.

Course Entry Requirements:

The course is open to all experienced deck officers holding a Chief Mate or a Master Mariner certificate of competency (COC).  

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, successful candidates will be able to exercise the following competencies, as provided by Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code:

  1. Plan a voyage and conduct navigation
  2. Determine position and the accuracy of resultant position fix by any means
  3. Determine and allow for compass errors
  4. Coordinate search and rescue operations
  5. Establish watchkeeping arrangements and procedures
  6. Maintain safe navigation through the use of information from navigation equipment and systems to assist command decision making
  7. Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions
  8. Respond to navigational emergencies
  9. Manoeuvre and handle a ship in all conditions
  10. Operate remote controls of propulsion plant and engineering systems and services
  11. Plan and ensure safe loading, stowage, securing, care during the voyage and unloading of cargoes
  12. Assess reported defects and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks and take appropriate action
  13. Carriage of dangerous goods
  14. Control trim, stability and stress
  15. Monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements and measures to ensure safety of life at sea, security and the protection of the marine environment

Course Structure:

The Preparatory Course for COC-Management Level (Deck) is a 4-day course organized as follows:

Day 1, 2 and 3:

Students login the e-learning platform and watch compulsory video lessons allocated for each of the days 1, 2 and 3. The content of the video lessons covers Advance Navigation, Advanced Stability, Advanced Meteorology, Advanced Ship Handling, Search and Rescue and also IMDG and IMSCB Codes. Collateral subjects like COLREGs, Signaling, Bridge Watchkeeping, etc. are also included.

Besides video lessons, students can download a broad range of teaching materials, including articles, notes, diagrams, dictionaries, guides, links to external useful resources, etc.

Day 4:

The 4th day of the course is a ZOOM session with a qualified instructor, dedicated to resolving all punctual issues that may be raised by the students. On request, a simulation session will be organized in order to demonstrate and resolve practical problems connected to the theoretical subjects presented in the days 1, 2 and 3.

In the case that the student fails the examination conducting to a COC organized by a maritime administration, he/she is entitled to beneficiate, on request, by a 5th day of course dedicated to resolving punctual problems raised by the student. The 5th day of the course is free of charge. Students have to send a request for the supplementary 5th day of the course by e-mail, to:

Course Assessment and Certification:

There is no formal assessment on completion of this course. On successful completion of the course, candidate will be awarded a Course Completion Certificate.

Price: provided on request

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