Master 200 / OOW 500 Oral Exam Preparation

The MCA Master 200 Certificate of Competency is a requirement for coded vessels up to 200 Gross Tonnes of unrestricted length, it also allows holders to operate as an Officer of the watch on yachts up to 500 tonnes. There are two versions, Limited and Unlimited.

Candidates holding an RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Offshore with the appropriate shorebased certificate can apply for a Master 200 CoC which is Limited to 150 miles offshore. Unlimited candidates are required to hold an RYA/IYT Yachtmaster Ocean with the associated shorebased certificate.

Anyone wishing to achieve the Master 200 must first apply to the MCA for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) before they can receive an exam date. For further information about the application process and to download the application form, click here. Western Maritime Training are able to affer advice and assistance in completing your application.

The Master 200 Oral preparation is delivered by one of our senior instructors with an exceptional record of successfully preparing candidates for oral exams at every level.

Your Oral Preparation course is one of the most important you will do. Consequently, we align your needs closely with our training to ensure you have the best chance of passing the MCA examination at the first attempt. Our pass rates are very high.

We will provide you with a qualified Master Mariner who will be with you for the full duration of your preparation. We do not ask you to pay for a desk for self-study as some providers do.

To arrange your oral prep dates please call us on 0800 197 8855 or use the contact tab to email us



There are no formal requirements for attending the Master 200 Oral Prep Course but candidates should have a good level of understanding and ability in all subject areas.

This said, however, it is recommended that candidates have all the qualifications required for their NOE before taking the prep course, these are as follows;


The Syllabus Includes, but is not limited to;

  • Regulations, M-Notices and the law
  • Codes of practice
  • Navigation - traditional and electronic
  • Sextant use
  • Use of publications
  • Radar
  • Watchkeeping and watch handover
  • Bridge Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Pollution - prevention, reporting and limitation
  • CoSWoP
  • Stability
  • Crew - safe manning, hours of work and agreements
  • Emergency Procedures


This is an instructor led program using classroom teaching and practical sessions to ensure that candidates are up to the required standard for an MCA Oral Examination.


Workboat Formation - Master 200 Orals Prep Course

Contact us to arrange your Oral Prep

Course Duration 4 Days 

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MCA Approved Master 200 Oral Preparation Course

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