Management Level Courses

1. Deck Management Level Course (CHIEF MATE and MASTER)

(Distance learning, Coordinated by South Tyneside College, Approved by UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

Who is eligible for this course?

You are eligible if you already hold a Romanian or a non-UK Deck Officer of the Watch (DOOW) certificate and wish to get an UK Chief Mate certificate. You will need to prove 12 months experience as DOOW in order to receive the Chief Mate certificate from MCA. That means you can start the course before completing the 12-month condition.

What is the duration of the course?

This is distance learning course. That means the duration depends on you only. However, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency limits this course to 2 years from the moment of course registration.

How much is this course?

The tuition fee of this course is 3750 GBP

How can I start this course?

You are kindly invited to perform the following steps:

Step 1: Send an e-mail to STC Marine Learning Centre: mlc@stc.ac.uk stating you firmly want to enroll in the Chief Mate course with South Tyneside College;

Step 2: Fill the Enrolment form you will receive by mail;

Step 3: Pay 3750 GBP and send the Enrollment form to mlc@stc.ac.uk;

Step 4: In one week you will receive an iPad with downloading instructions and the password to access the distance learning platform called Moodle. Now you have full access to learning materials.

What shall I study?

You have to study the following units (manuals, readings, presentations, assignments, etc. are on the iPad and on the Moodle platform):

  1. Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  2. Marine Passage Planning
  3. Management of Bridge Operations
  4. Applied Marine Meteorology
  5. Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application
  6. Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance
  7. Management of Vessel Operations
  8. Shipmasters Business
  9. Shipboard Management
  10. Marine Engineering Systems

Where and When shall I take exams?

For Romanian and other regional students there are three types of exams:

Type 1: HND exam for each unit in Romanian Nautical College. When you feel ready to take the Units exams, you have to notify South Tyneside College (mlc@stc.ac.uk) and Romanian Nautical College (office@nauticalcollege.org) and propose dates for exams.

As a response, STC will send examination papers by courier to RNC, who will host the exams at dates/hours stated by STC. At the end of the process, there will be 2-3 exams for each unit (25 in total). This process takes normally one year, as students continue to sail as DOOW.

Type 2: HND final (official) exams in South Tyneside College.

When all units are successfully passed (validated by South Tyneside College), you must apply for the official exams with South Tyneside College, called Graded Unit. There will be 2 written exams held in South Tyneside College:

  • Navigation
  • Stability & Structure.

Successful candidates receive Higher National Diploma – Nautical Science (HND-NSc) and become eligible to the MCA examination.

Type 3: MCA final (official) exams (also in South Tyneside College)

Step 1: First, you have to apply for a NOE (Notice of Eligibility) for Chief Mate Unlimited (using your existing national DOOW Unlimited). Application comprises:

Step 2: STC will request verification from the Maritime Authority of the issuing authority (Romanian, if you are a Romanian citizen) when processing your NOE application.  Please note that dependant on the issuing authority this may take some time.  Verification must be independently gained by STC prior to the acceptance of the COC in question.

Step 3: Send to STC your Higher National Diploma – Nautical Science you already obtained. This diploma have a validity of 3 years from the time you pass them; please keep this in mind when applying for your NOE.

Step 4: Send to MCA evidence of at least 12 months watchkeeping sea service since qualifying for your OOW unlimited (if applying for a Chief Mate Unlimited).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. MCA requires two forms of evidence to verify the sea service you declare to them on page two of the application form:

— Discharge Book (original)

— Sea service testimonials (original).

2. If you do not hold a Discharge Book then MCA may accept Certificates of Discharge in its place.  No other documentation will be considered.

3. An assessment of your sea service and eligibility will only be undertaken when we receive a full application from you.  We cannot assess any sea time or documentation prior to submission of an application.

4. For information about sea service and how this is considered, please refer to MSN 1856 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436503/MSN1856.pdf

5. Additional papers to be sent to MCA:

  • An attested copy of your Passport (Guidance regarding who can attest your Passport can be found on page 7 of the application form).
  • 2 attested passport photographs on a plain white background.
  • All four elements of STCW 95 Basic Training certification.

–Once MCA have the above they will be able to process your NOE application.  Please allow 28 days from receipt of our confirmation email for your application to be processed.

–The NOE you are issued with has a validity of 5 years from the date of issue.  You will need to contact an MCA Marine Office directly to book an oral examination with it.  Contact details for the Marine Offices are available on MCA website.

–If you fail your oral examination please return your NOE to MCA for a resit (re-examination) to be issued, along with the fee of £176 and confirmation of a return address.

–Once you have passed your oral examination and you wish to apply for your COC, then you would need to supply the following original documentation to MCA:

  • Your NOE Pass (please ensure that you have completed the return address section and signed/dated the bottom of the NOE.  Failure to do so will delay your application).
  • A valid and original ENG1 or acceptable equivalent
  • A GMDSS GOC Book (from an approved issuing country) – If you hold a UK GMDSS then we may revalidate your GMDSS to the same date as we issue your COC to, subject to assessment.
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • PSC&RB
  • Medical First Aid
  • NARAS/NAEST (Management)*
  • HELM (Management)
  • Medical Care (issued within the last 5 years)

* All documents must have been issued by an UK MCA approved training provider https://www.gov.uk/mca-approved-training-providers-atp

–Once MCA has all of the above documentation they will be able to issue you with a COC (Certificate of Competency).  You need to allow MCA 15 days from the date when receipt of your documents is confirmed (for this to be processed).

–If MCA have any queries regarding your application then MCA will contact you in the first instance by email.

Please note: an NOE Pass or Fail has a validity of 3 years.  If you do not apply for your COC or resit respectively during this time then you will need to apply for a resit and sit the oral examination again.

Further guidance about the application please refer to MSN 1856 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436503/MSN1856.pdf

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[toggle title = "What do I get at the end of the course?"] At the end of the course you will get:

Higher National Diploma – Nautical Science, issued by the Scottish Qualification Authority.
Certificate of Competency – Chief Mate, issued by the UK MCA (UK Maritime Authority).

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[Toggle title = “How does the UK CoC help me?”] With the British CoC, you will enter the UK Registry, benefiting from the following major advantages over colleagues with a Romanian CoC:

–You will get the Master Mariner CoC 6 to 8 years earlier, because the British law requires only 12 months of experience (against the Romanian law that requires 24 months).

–If you sailed 36 months at the operational level, you can directly have the Master Mariner CoC! The legal regulation is HERE, look for Cap. 3.3. B) and 3.4. B).

–You can access the UK shipping market, consistently regulated for British CoC holders, plus the opportunities of the UK crewing at its best.

–CoC reconfirmation courses last 3 days in the UK, while in Romania you will be waiting 2-3 months, at a higher cost;

–With the UK Maritime Authority you will have only a digital interface, you will not have to go to MCA headquarters, you will not be in queues.

–An UK CoC is recognized by all signatory countries of the STCW Convention, including Romania.[/Toggle]

[toggle title = "What is the cost of accommodation in England?"] Standard accommodation cost in South Tyneside College facilities is 19.2 5GBP, which includes a modern room and two meals per day. For renting in the STC campus area go to: www.moodyandco.net

Can I take STCW (ancillary) courses in STC?

Optional Courses in South Tyneside College:

-STCW Advanced Tanker Safety (Petroleum, Chemical, or Gas): £ 775 each

-STCW GMDSS General Operating Certificate: £ 1410 (inc exam fee)

-STCW Personal Survival Technigues: £ 215

-STCW Proficiencies in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats: £ 660

-STCW Medical First Aid Abroad Ship: £ 390

What is the course schedule? When and how can I apply?

You can start this course any moment. When decided, just send an email to mlc@stc.ac.uk and ask to start the course. 

 

2. Engineering Management Level Course (Second Engineer and Chief Engineer)

(Distance learning, Coordinated by South Tyneside College, Approved by UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

Who is eligible for this course?

You are eligible if you already hold a Romanian or a non-UK Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) certificate and wish to get an UK Second Engineer certificate. You will need to prove 12 months experience as EOOW in order to receive the Second Engineer certificate from MCA. That means you can start the course before completing the 12-month condition.

What is the duration of the course?

This is distance learning course. That means the duration depends on you only. However, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency limits this course to 2 years from the moment of course registration.

What is the structure of the course?

The ourse is divided in 3 Blocks:

  • Block 1 (in Romanian Nautical College) — 11 weeks, distance learning
  • Block 2 (in Romanian Nautical College) — 11 weeks, distance learning
  • Block 3 (in South Tyneside College) — 6 weeks, classroom daily presence

How much is the course?

Tuition fees for HND Marine Engineering – Second Engineer Officer

  • Block 1 – 2500 euro
  • Block 2 – 2500 euro
  • Block 3 – 1860 GBP

How much does the accommodation cost in UK?

The accommodation in STC facilities is £19.25 per day, which includes 2 meals.

How can I plan my course in 2018 and 2019?

You can start Block 1 and Block 2 (in Romanian Nautical College) anytime you wish.

However, Block 3 in South Tyneside College starts at the  beginning of any week between:

3rd September – 22nd October 2018
7th January – 18th February 2019
23rd April – 3rd June 2019

The end dates depend on the start dates, the course is 6 weeks long, with 100% attendance required.

Consequently, to plan your course you must respect the following steps:

Step 1: Choose the period for Block 3 in the UK (see above)

Step 2: Finish Block 1 and Block 2 in Romania comfortably before the date of Block 3 in the UK.

What are the official exams in 2018 and 2019?

You have to pass offical exams in the UK, in South Tyneside College, immediatelly after you finish Block 3.

The offical exams are planned in the weeks commencing:

— 10th of December 2018
— 1st of April 2019
— 15th of July 2019

How can I start this course?

You are kindly invited to perform the following steps:

Step 1: Apply online HERE.

Step 2: Pay 5000 euro by bank transfer;

Step 3: In 48 hours you will receive by mail your ID and password to access the e-Learning page of the Romanian Nautical College. Now you are ready to start Block 1 and Block 2.

Step 4: Choose the start date of the Block 3 in STC and communicate us your choice, in order to make all necessary arrangements for you.

Step 5: Immediately after the 6th week of Block 3 you have to pass the official SQA exam (in STC)

Step 6: Immediately after the SQA exam you have to pass the oral examination with MCA (in STC)

What shall I study?

You have to study the following units (manuals, readings, presentations, assignments,movies, etc. are on the e-Learning platform of the Romanian Nautical College):

BLOCK 1 (11 weeks), in Romanian Nautical College, distance learning

  1. Mathematics
  2. Electrotechnics
  3. Engineering Systems and Ship Drawings
  4. Naval Architecture

BLOCK 2 (11 weeks), in Romanian Nautical College, distance learning

  1. Applied Heat
  2. Applied Mechanics

BLOCK 3 (6 weeks), in South Tyneside College, classroom

  1. Engineering Knowledge

What about the certification exam with MCA?

After successfully graduate of Block 3, you must pass the last official exam, the MCA oral certification examination (held in South Tyneside College). The following stept are to be performed:

Step 1: First, you have to apply for a NOE (Notice of Eligibility) for Second Engineer (using your existing national EOOW Unlimited). Application comprises:

  • Completed application form – MSF 4274.  (Please download from MCA website HERE
  • Fee of £201, payable by Cheque, Postal Order, Bank Draft, Bank Transfer or by completing the credit/debit card details on the application form.  We do not accept cash.
  • Your original (national) EOOW unlimited COC

Step 2: STC will request verification from the Maritime Authority of the issuing authority (Romanian, if you are a Romanian citizen) when processing your NOE application.  Please note that dependant on the issuing authority this may take some time.  Verification must be independently gained by STC prior to the acceptance of the COC in question.

Step 3: Send to STC your Higher National Diploma – Marine Engineering you already obtained. This diploma has a validity of 3 years from the time you pass them; please keep this in mind when applying for your NOE.

Step 4: Send to MCA evidence of at least 12 months watchkeeping sea service since qualifying for your OOW unlimited (if applying for a Second Engineer Unlimited).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. MCA requires two forms of evidence to verify the sea service you declare to them on page two of the application form:

— Discharge Book (original)

— Sea service testimonials (original).

2. If you do not hold a Discharge Book then MCA may accept Certificates of Discharge in its place.  No other documentation will be considered.

3. An assessment of your sea service and eligibility will only be undertaken when we receive a full application from you.  We cannot assess any sea time or documentation prior to submission of an application.

4. For information about sea service and how this is considered, please press HERE

5. Additional papers to be sent to MCA:

  • An attested copy of your Passport (Guidance regarding who can attest your Passport can be found on page 7 of the application form).
  • 2 attested passport photographs on a plain white background.
  • All four elements of STCW 95 Basic Training certification.

–Once MCA have the above they will be able to process your NOE application.  Please allow 28 days from receipt of our confirmation email for your application to be processed.

–The NOE you are issued with has a validity of 5 years from the date of issue.  You will need to contact an MCA Marine Office directly to book an oral examination with it.  Contact details for the Marine Offices are available on MCA website.

–If you fail your oral examination please return your NOE to MCA for a resit (re-examination) to be issued, along with the fee of £176 and confirmation of a return address.

–Once you have passed your oral examination and you wish to apply for your COC, then you would need to supply the following original documentation to MCA:

  • Your NOE Pass (please ensure that you have completed the return address section and signed/dated the bottom of the NOE.  Failure to do so will delay your application).
  • A valid and original ENG1 or acceptable equivalent
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • PSC&RB
  • Medical First Aid
  • HELM (Management)
  • Medical Care (issued within the last 5 years)

* All documents must have been issued by an UK MCA approved training provider https://www.gov.uk/mca-approved-training-providers-atp

–Once MCA has all of the above documentation they will be able to issue you with a COC (Certificate of Competency).  You need to allow MCA 15 days from the date when receipt of your documents is confirmed (for this to be processed).

–If MCA have any queries regarding your application then MCA will contact you in the first instance by email.

Please note: an NOE Pass or Fail has a validity of 3 years.  If you do not apply for your COC or resit respectively during this time then you will need to apply for a resit and sit the oral examination again.

Further guidance about the application please refer to MSN 1857 HERE

What do I get at the end of the course?

At the end of the course you will get:

Higher National Diploma – Marine Engineering, issued by the Scottish Qualification Authority.
Certificate of Competency – Second Engineering, issued by the UK MCA (UK Maritime Authority).

What is my professional recognision?

The following is an excerpt from Group Award Specification for HND Marine Engineering (page 68):

6.2.2 Professional recognition
One of the core aims of the HNC/HND in Marine Engineering is to provide the core academic base in order for learners to progress to an MCA Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency. The HNC and HND awards comply with the academic requirements of the STCW certificates of competency as issued by the MCA.
On completion of the HNC and HND in Marine engineering, learners have the opportunity to apply for associate membership of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and subsequently gain incorporated Engineer status with the Engineering Council with additional learner as outlined by IMarEST.

How does the UK CoC help me?

With the British CoC, you will enter the UK Registry, benefiting from the following major advantages over colleagues with a Romanian or non-UK CoC:

–You will get the Master Mariner CoC 6 to 8 years earlier, because the British law requires only 12 months of experience

–If you sailed 36 months at the operational level, you can directly have the Master Mariner CoC!

–You can access the UK shipping market, consistently regulated for British CoC holders, plus the opportunities of the UK crewing at its best.

–CoC reconfirmation courses last 3 days in the UK, while in Romania you will be waiting 2-3 months, at a higher cost;

–With the UK Maritime Authority you will have only a digital interface, you will not have to go to MCA headquarters, you will not be in queues.

–An UK CoC is recognized by all signatory countries of the STCW Convention, including Romania.

What is the cost of accommodation in England?

Standard accommodation cost in South Tyneside College facilities is 19.2 5GBP, which includes a modern room and two meals per day. For renting in the STC campus area go to: www.moodyandco.net

Can I take STCW (ancillary) courses in STC?

Optional Courses in South Tyneside College:

-STCW Advanced Tanker Safety (Petroleum, Chemical, or Gas): £ 775 each

-STCW GMDSS General Operating Certificate: £ 1410 (inc exam fee)

-STCW Personal Survival Technigues: £ 215

-STCW Proficiencies in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats: £ 660

-STCW Medical First Aid Abroad Ship: £ 390

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  • Your question HERE
  • Call +(40) 7 4025 8041 for more details

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