MCAST Chief Mate Course

MCAST Chief Mate Course

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Chief Mate
Course Code MI-02-14
MQF Level n/a
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Fees Course fees apply to all students
Entry Requirements Valid OIC Navigational Watch Certificate of Competency plus 12 months at sea in that capacity
Other Entry Requirements Medical Test, Physical Aptitude Test and Interview
Course Description This course is a continuation in the career of a Deck Officer in the merchant marina leading to the issue of a Certificate of Competence as a Chief Mate. The training provided is at management level and candidates attending this course are expected to dedicate a lot of time to their studies and are also expected to wear a merchant marine uniform whilst undergoing training ashore.

This Institute boasts a good reputation for discipline and all Officers are expected to abide

by a Code of Conduct whilst attending the Chief Mate Course and to actively participate in

organised events.

Study/Course Delivery All lecturers and Instructors are appropriately qualified in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention. They have a good appreciation and understanding of the Chief Mate training programme and objectives. Where training is conducted using a simulator, the instructors have received appropriate guidance in instructional techniques and adequate operational experience on the simulator and related equipment.
Assessment The students are assessed for theory and practice including oral exam at the end of the course. These assessments are part of the requirements of the STCW quality standards. Where conducting of assessments involve the use of simulators the students are examined in the practical experience of simulator to the satisfaction of the examiner.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Maintain safe navigation through the use of modern navigation systems to assist command decision-making

2. Plan and ensure safe loading, stowage, securing, care during voyage and unloading of cargoes

3. Monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements

4. Maintain safety and security of the ship’s crew and passengers and the operational condition of life-saving, fire fighting and other safety systems.

Core Study Units
  • Navigation Instrumentation
  • Ship Construction
  • Signals
  • Meteorology
  • Business and Law
  • Leadership Training
  • Engineering and Control Systems
  • Ship Stability
  • Management Training
  • Shipboard Operations
  • Navigation
  • Physical Education


Ancillary Course Units:

  • Medical Care on board
  • NARAS at Management level plus valid STCW Ancillary Units
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion The Chief Mate Course is designed for students who already hold OIC Navigational watch certificate and have completed the required sea-service on seagoing ships in that capacity. On satisfactory conclusion of the course and examinations the students are issued with a Chief Mate certificate of competency.  The certificate of competency is awarded by the Registrar – General of Shipping and Seaman, Transport Malta.
Career Opportunities
  • Chief officer (deck department) on sea-going merchant ships.
  • Master offshore vessel
  • Ship surveyor
  • Cargo surveyor
  • GMDSS operator
  • Ship security officer
  • Marine pilot
  • VTS operator/supervisor