MCAST Probationary Officer Cadet

MCAST Probationary Officer Cadet

Probationary Officer Cadet
Course Code MI3-01-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements 4 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Compulsory:  English Language


A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in lieu of one (1) O-Level pass.

Other Entry Requirements Medical Test, Physical Aptitude Test and Interview
Course Description This study programme is intended for students who in future intend to apply for the course leading to an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch, but who as yet do not possess all the academic entry requirements to commence the OIC  Navigational Watch course.

The Probationary Officer Cadet Course gives students the possibility of experiencing what it would be like to train on the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch Course.


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 POC 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 at the end of first and second semester. 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. Perform various basic tasks related to boat handling and maintenance

2. Identify and describe different types of vessels, construction processes, structure of a ship and related laws and regulations

3. Identify and interpret flag signals, the phonetic alphabet, flashing light signals and various basic meteorological processes

4. Carry out basic fire prevention, fire fighting and elementary first aid.

Core Study Units
  • Seamanship and Boatwork
  • Mathematics
  • Leadership Training
  • General Ship Knowledge
  • Chartwork
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Maritime English
  • Signals
  • Ancillary Course Units
  • Firefighting
  • First Aid
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • Personal Survival Techniques
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • OIC Navigational Watch
Career Opportunities
  • Water clerk (shipping agency)
  • Mooring man
  • Shipping clerk