Mer­chant Navy and RYA Training

ORKNEY COLLEGE UHI

Orkney Col­lege is an aca­d­e­mic part­ner in the Uni­ver­sity of the High­lands and Islands. The Col­lege serves the Orkney com­mu­nity, which is rural and pre­dom­i­nantly agri­cul­tural. The main cam­pus is a new purpose-​built site located on a hill on the out­skirts of Kirk­wall. The Col­lege is one of very few non-​incorporated col­leges in Scot­land and is the respon­si­bil­ity of the OIC, which has devolved con­sid­er­able pow­ers, includ­ing man­age­ment, fund­ing and staffing to the Col­lege Man­age­ment Coun­cil (CMC).

Orkney College’s Mar­itime Stud­ies depart­ment is ide­ally sit­u­ated on a water­front site in busy Strom­ness Har­bor. It has a long and dis­tin­guished his­tory of pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tion and train­ing for gen­er­a­tions of the sea­far­ers from Orkney and beyond.

The depart­ment mainly con­cen­trates on courses of study lead­ing to the issue of Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency (MCA) Cer­tifi­cates of Com­pe­tency (COC). Each COC is achieved by suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the appro­pri­ate Scot­tish Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity (SQA) Scot­tish Voca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion (SVQ), a num­ber of ancil­lary courses and an oral exam­i­na­tion con­ducted by an MCA exam­iner. Courses for the leisure sec­tor are also available.

Training Programs

SVQ Level 3 in Marine Ves­sel Operations

  • Offi­cer of the Watch Unlim­ited Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tency (SVQ Level 3 in Marine Ves­sel Operations)
  • Offi­cer of the Watch Unlim­ited Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tency (SVQ Level 3 in Marine Ves­sel Oper­a­tions) - under 500gt

Intended for Deck Rat­ings or other sea­far­ers wish­ing to attain a cer­tifi­cate of com­pe­tency as Deck Offi­cer of the Watch for ves­sels of unlim­ited ton­nage in the unlim­ited area. Dura­tion not spec­i­fied due to the flex­i­ble nature of the voca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion but should ide­ally be com­pleted within 3 years of the start date. If study­ing full time, 9 months study time is the norm. As well as col­lege assess­ments, an on board train­ing port­fo­lio is to be com­pleted at sea.

Short Courses

  • GMDSS Restricted Oper­a­tors Cer­tifi­cate (4 days)
  • GMDSS Short Range Cer­tifi­cate (1 day)
  • Nav­i­ga­tion, Radar and ARPA Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing (Oper­a­tional Level) – 5 weeks
  • Nav­i­ga­tion, Radar and ARPA Sim­u­la­tor Train­ing (Man­age­ment Level) – 2 weeks
  • Per­sonal Sur­vival Tech­niques (1 ½ days)
  • Ele­men­tary First Aid (1 day)
  • Basic Fire fight­ing (1 day)
  • Per­sonal Safety and Social Respon­si­bil­ity (1 day)
  • Effi­cient Deck Hand (5 days)
  • Sta­bil­ity Aware­ness (1 day)

RYA courses

  • Day skip­per (shore­based) – 2 weeks
  • RYA radar course (2 days)

ORKNEY Admissions

Offi­cer of the Watch Unlim­ited Cer­tifi­cate of Competency

  • A valid med­ical - ENG1. At least 12 months sea ser­vice in the deck depart­ment includ­ing at least 6 months in the last 12 on duties asso­ci­ated with bridge watch keep­ing under the super­vi­sion of a cer­tifi­cated deck officer.
  • Sea ser­vice must be com­pleted on seago­ing ves­sels over 24 metres in length or 80gt and ver­i­fied by watch keep­ing cer­tifi­cates and tes­ti­mo­ni­als as spec­i­fied by the MCA. An MCA Notice of Eli­gi­bil­ity will be needed before sit­ting the oral exam to com­plete the course.

Offi­cer of the Watch Unlim­ited Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­tency - under 500gt

  • At least 12 months sea ser­vice in the deck depart­ment includ­ing at least 6 months in the last 12 on duties asso­ci­ated with bridge watch keep­ing under the super­vi­sion of a cer­tifi­cated deck offi­cer. Rest of the require­ments as above.

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