Deck Officer - Class 2 – Fishing

This course prepares candidates to sit the written and oral examinations required to obtain a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2 Certificate of Competency from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Holders of this certificate are qualified to command a UK registered fishing vessel less than 30 metres in length in the “limited area” around the UK, or to act as a mate (deck officer) on any UK registered fishing vessel inside or outside the "limited area".

The course runs in 2 six week blocks, with 2 exams taken at the end of each block, there is a 6 week break between the 2 modules.

The MCA SQA Exam fees cost an additional £160 per exam, once booked with the MCA this payment is non refundable.

Please note: Anyone interested in attending this course must contact Hazel Bennett.

Pre- Course Requirements

MCA Notice of Eligibility. The application form can be downhloaded here

At least 3 years sea-time in an acceptable deck capacity on a fishing vessel, including at least 2 years on a vessel over 12m in length.

Sight test certificate - Colour blindness excludes candidates from holding a Class 2 qualification.

NOTE: From 2017 you will need a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Class 2 Certificate of Competency, or another appropriate Officer of the Watch qualification, to stand a watch on a fishing vessel over 24 metres in length (the previous 5-Day Bridge Watch-keeping Certificate will no longer be accepted).

Course Content

The course prepares candidates to sit the MCA oral exam and four SQA/MCA written examinations required to obtain this qualification:

  • Navigation
  • Chartwork & Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Safety & Management (Including Ship Stability)
  • MCA Signals

Candidates will also be required to complete the following short courses (if they have not already done so):

Course Delivery

Classroom teaching is followed by multiple practical sessions to consolidate the skills and procedures taught to achieve the required standard.

Assessment and Certification

SQA Written examinations and MCA Oral Board.

Deck Officer - Fishing - Class 2 Course Dates

Fishing Boat - Class 2 Deck Officer Training Course

Course Cost

Course Fee (Inc. VAT) £4,800

Exam Fee £160 (Additional)

Exam fees are Non Refundable

Resit Exam fees and Invigilation £220

Course Duration

12 Weeks

Approved By

MCA Approved Fishing Deck Officer Class 2


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