Education Overseas

The following notes have been prepared for Indian seafarers who are looking for overseas education.
Please click a course below for more information:

Master's Preparatory Course
Chief Mates / Masters (MCM) Course
2nd Mates Course (Officer of the Watch Course)
Class II 2nd Engineer CoC
Class 4 (EOOW) Course for Engine Room Ratings
EOOW (Class 4 FG) Course for Graduate Mechanical / Marine Engineers
Electrical Engineer
Class I Chief Engineer CoC


 

Master's Preparatory Course

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 II/2 Master (MCA Oral Examination)

DURATION:
4 weeks

ELIGIBILITY:
Candidates must have a minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer whilst holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/2 Certificate of Competency (Chief Mate) or Class 2 certification.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
For booking a course, you will need to post the following documents to us at our address given at the end.

  • Completed Deck Course Booking Form
  • 1 Passport Size Photograph
  • Photocopy of the first page of your Passport
  • Photocopy of all the pages of the CDC
  • Photocopy of your Chief Mates COC
  • Electronic bank transfer of £ 925 to reserve a seat for the course.
COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person


COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch – Examination Route (earlier called as Class 4 course)

COURSE DURATION & EXAMINATION:
If a student is able to clear all his written and oral examinations in time as well as his workshop training skills prorgramme, he can hope to be back with his CoC in 5 months time. The visa will be for a period of 6 months during which a student will get 2 attempts to clear his exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during his stay in the UK after having received his Notice of Eligibility. IAMI written exams are held 5 times in a year whilst the workshop training duration is of 15 weeks duration. It takes 3 weeks to apply and get your CoC after having cleared your MCA orals, IAMI written and workshop exams.

You will need to clear the following exams successfully to be eligible for a EOOW CoC:
  • Engineering Knowledge (EK) - Motor and General examination
  • IAMI General Engineering Science A and Science B examination
  • Workshop training
The expected total cost to do the Class 4 CoC in UK will be about Rs. 10.5 Lakhs approximately. This includes the cost of tuition fees, oral and written exam fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets, miscellaneous, etc.

Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
Photocopy of the first page and sea service stamping pages of your CDC
Chief Engineer testimonials of atleast 21 months
Watch Rating Certificate (STCW III/4)
Electronic bank transfer of £ 750 in favour of the college.

Chief Mates / Masters (MCM) Course

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 II/2 Chief Mate / Master (HND Nautical Science Examination Route)

COURSE STARTING DATE:
1 September 2014; 5 January 2015; 13 April 2015; 7 September 2015; 4 January 2016
(seats get filled up about 4 - 6 months prior to the course commencement date, hence it is advisable to book early)


ELIGIBILITY:
Candidates must have a minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer while holding STCW ‘95 Table A II/1 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper) or Class 3/4 certification, and hold a valid ‘Medical First Aid’ course certificate and a personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA. Candidates must also hold an STCW certificate in ‘Proficiency in Medical Care aboard Ship’ before taking their MCA Orals. If not already held, this course can be undertaken at the academy outside of the main course.

Once a Chief Mate Certificate of Competency has been achieved, candidates must return to sea to accumulate a further minimum 18 months sea service as a watchkeeping Deck Officer before taking a Master’s MCA Oral examination to gain full Master’s certification.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
For booking a course, you will need to post the following documents to us at our address given at the end of this page.

  • Completed Deck Course Booking Form
  • 1 Passport Size Photograph
  • Photocopy of the first page of your Passport
  • Photocopy of the first page and all sea service stamp pages of the CDC (after your 2nd Mates CoC)
  • Photocopy of your 2nd Mates COC
  • Medical First Aid certificate
  • Electronic bank transfer of £ 1,200 to college.
COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person or one room in a shared accommodation
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

2nd Mates Course (Officer of the Watch Course)

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 II/I Officer of the Watch (OOW) – Examination Route (earlier called as 2nd Mates course)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
A minimum of 36 months of sea service on merchant ships in an acceptable deck capacity for e.g. OS, AB, Bosun, Deck Cadet, Junior Officer, etc. whilst holding a valid medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA, UK.

  • You should have 6 months of documented bridge watch-keeping duties in your last 12 months of sailing.
Course Fees : £ 1,200 is not refundable

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
Completed Deck Course Booking Form
  • Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
  • Photocopy of all the pages of the CDC except the blank pages
  • Electronic bank transfer of £ 1,200 to be made to the college.
TOTAL EXPENSES IN THE UK:
Your expected total expenses in the UK inclusive of Tuition Fees, Exam Fees, NoE, Short Courses, Food & Accommodation, Flight Tickets (to and fro), Visa Charges, etc, will work out to about 11 Lakhs approximately.
  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person in a non-sharing room
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 150 / month / person in room shared by 2 students
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

Class II 2nd Engineer CoC

Please note that seats get filled up about 6 months in advance for the Class II course. Hence, it is advisable to apply early.

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/2 Second Engineer (Examination Route)

COURSE DURATION:
The course duration will be about 3 months. If you clear all the 8 written examination in your first attempt as well as the 1 MCA oral exam (which can be given before or after the written exams), you can expect to receive your Class II CoC in about 5 months from the course starting date.

As written exams are held 4 times in a year with a gap of 3 months approximately, if you clear your exams in the 2nd attempt, it will take about 8 - 9 months duration for you to receive your CoC from the course starting date.

TOTAL EXPENSES:
The total expenses including tuition fees, oral and written examination fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets and visas will work out to be as given below:

  • 6.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you hold a 4 years degree in Marine Engineering.
  • 7.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you hold a 4 years degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 8.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you do not hold a 4 years degree in Mechanical or Marine Engineering.

Class 4 (EOOW) Course for Engine Room Ratings

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch – Examination Route (earlier called as Class 4 course)

COURSE DURATION & EXAMINATION:
If a student is able to clear all his written and oral examinations in time as well as his workshop training skills prorgramme, he can hope to be back with his CoC in 5 months time. The visa will be for a period of 6 months during which a student will get 2 attempts to clear his exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during his stay in the UK after having received his Notice of Eligibility. IAMI written exams are held 5 times in a year whilst the workshop training duration is of 15 weeks duration. It takes 3 weeks to apply and get your CoC after having cleared your MCA orals, IAMI written and workshop exams.

You will need to clear the following exams successfully to be eligible for a EOOW CoC:

  • Engineering Knowledge (EK) - Motor and General examination
  • IAMI General Engineering Science A and Science B examination
  • Workshop training
The expected total cost to do the Class 4 CoC in UK will be about 10.5 Lakhs Rs/- approximately. This includes the cost of tuition fees, oral and written exam fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets, miscellaneous, etc.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
  • The acceptable ranks under this route would be MOTORMAN and FITTER. Sea service as a WIPER is not counted.
  • Total sea service required would be a minimum of 33 months to be eligible to apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and thereafter sit for your MCA oral exams. Both signing on and signing off dates are counted. Sea service may be preformed on a vessel of any flag. Sea service documented on other CDC's for e.g. Panama, Bahamas, Liberia, Belize, etc. are also considered acceptable. The testimonial given to you by your Chief Engineer must have your sign on date, sign off date, rank, nature of duties, propelling days / steaming days as well as details of main engine, auxiliary engine and boiler details mentioned on it. If the propelling days are not mentioned, your sea service on that ship would not be counted. In such a situation, you can ask your shipping company to give the propelling days information for that particular ship on their company letterhead and have it signed by the engine superintendent.
  • The first step is to register with the college and apply for a UK MNTB Training Record Book (TRB). You need to have completed atleast 21 months approved seagoing service in the engine room of a merchant vessel having propulsion power of 350 kW or more. The documents required to apply for a TRB are as given below:
    • Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
    • Photocopy of the first page and sea service stamping pages of your CDC
    • Chief Engineer testimonials of atleast 21 months
    • Watch Rating Certificate (STCW III/4)
    • Electronic bank transfer of 750 GBP in favour of the college.
  • Please note that a Watch Rating Certificate (STCW III/4) from Dominica, Panama, Belize, etc. are also acceptable if you have not got one from the Indian MMD. For Fitters, their sea service upto 21 months before a Watch Rating Certificate will be acceptable under the new rules. However, before applying for the MNTB TRB they will need to get a Watch Rating Certificate and thereafter complete another 12 months of sailing whilst completing the MNTB TRB.
  • Please courier the documents to our address in Mumbai given here. You will need to make the payment of 750 GBP by electronic bank transfer directly to the college. It will take about 1 months time to receive the TRB from the college. We will guide you with the procedure on how to fill up the TRB on the ship.
  • You must now complete nine months approved sea service in the engine room of vessels of 750 kW or more including six months service as the first assistant to the Engineer Officer in charge of the Watch whilst undertaking watchkeeping or UMS duties.You will also complete the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Training Record Book (TRB) while completing the sea service under the training scheme and maintain a workbook describing the TRB tasks carried out. Your total sea service should not be less than 33 months after completion of the mandatory 6 months of sailing with the MNTB TRB.
  • For booking a seat in the college, the student has to pay a deposit of 1,200 GBP in favour of "SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY INCOME ACCOUNT". This deposit will be adjusted against your workshop tuition fee, the balance of which you have to pay on joining the course in UK. This deposit is not refundable but can be transferred in the name of the student against a future course date within 24 months from the first course starting date. A transfer fee of 200 GBP per transfer applies which the student has to pay additional at the time of joining the course.
  • If a student wants to apply for the MNTB Book and book a seat also simultaneously, he can make a payment of 750 GBP + 1200 GBP together. In such a case, the student is assured that he has got a seat confirmed from the college and will not miss out on the batch because of seats having got filled up earlier.
APPLYING FOR A NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY (NoE):
In order to sit the professional examinations (Engineering Knowledge) and the MCA oral examination in UK you will need to obtain a NoE from the MCA, UK. Application forms can be found on the MCA website and we will guide you with the NoE procedure. You can apply for the NoE from India before going to the UK or you can apply for anNoE during your stay in the UK also.
To be issued with an NOE you must submit the following to the Seafarer Training and Certification branch of the MCA:
  • Evidence of 33 months approved sea service in engine department inclusive of nine months sea service under the training scheme
  • Completed MNTB TRB and Workbook
  • Evidence of acceptance (college letter) to an approved training and education program
Once you hold an NOE you may apply to an MCA Marine Office to arrange your oral examination.

STCW SHORT COURSE DETAILS:
The following short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
  • Medical First Aid (MFA)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft (PSC&RB)
If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK, finish the short courses, send the certificates to MCA UK and the MCA will post the CoC to the student.

COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person in a non-sharing room
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 140 / month / person in room shared by 2 students
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

EOOW (Class 4 FG) Course for Graduate Mechanical / Marine Engineers

Note: Please note that Indian Training Record Books (TRB) are not accepted in UK. If you wish to give your EOOW (earlier called as Class 4 CoC) exams in the UK, you have to compulsorily sail with a UK TRB.

  • GME Students: If you are doing your GME course in India, you can apply and receive your UK MNTB TRB whilst you are doing your GME course. This is possible because you only need your BE Mechanical passing certificate for applying for your UK TRB and not your GME passing certificate.
  • BE Marine Students: You need to get your BE Marine degree passing certificate before you can apply for a UK TRB.
The processing time required for getting your UK MNTB TRB is about 6 months approximately.

Cost: The total cost of doing your Class 4 CoC in UK will be about 8.5 Lakhs Rs/- . This includes your tuition fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets and visa charges. The money that you will need to show for the UK visa will be about 8.5 Lakhs Rs/- approximately. You can show your own funds or you can apply for an educational loan from a bank.

Duration: The duration of stay in UK will be about 5 months approximately. Over the last 10 years we have seen that students holding a BE Mechanical, GME or BE Marine qualification have been able to clear Class 4 written and oral exams and return with their CoC within a 5 months duration.

Please note that Indian TRB's are not accepted in the UK. Hence, if you wish to give your exams in the UK, you should have obtained your UK TRB before you join ship as a TME.

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch (earlier called as Class 4 course)

DURATION:
If a student is able to clear all his written and oral examinations in time as well as his workshop training skills prorgramme, he can hope to be back with his COC in 5 - 6 months time. The visa issued will be for a period of 6 months during which you will get two attempts to clear the written exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during your stay in the UK after having received your Notice of Eligibility (NOE). IAMI written exams are held 5 times in a year whilst the workshop training duration is 15 weeks. It takes 2 weeks to apply and get your CoC after having cleared your MCA orals, IAMI written and workshop exams.

ELIGIBILITY:
Graduate Mechanical / Marine Engineers having a NARIC Letter of Comparability (LoC) and sea service (of atleast 6 - 9 months) as mentioned in the Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) would be eligible for this fast track route. Students are likely to get exemptions from certain academic courses by virtue of their Mechanical / Marine Engineering Degree, details would be mentioned in the MCA LIA.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
The following is the procedure to be followed by Graduate Mechanical / Marine Engineers & GME students:

1. Applying for a Letter of Comparability (LOC) from NARIC, UK:

As a graduate Mechanical / Marine engineer or GME student you will need to send your documents to NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom) for getting a Letter of Comparability from them. The time duration to receive a Letter of Comparability would be 1 month approximately. Please do visit the NARIC website www.naric.org.uk. You have to fill up the Online Application Form on the NARIC website and make the requisite payment of 49.50 GBP (including return postage charges) as mentioned on the NARIC website, preferably through a credit card. The documents you to need to upload, attach and send to NARIC online are as given below:
  • BE / BTech degree (Mechanical or Marine) passing certificate
  • Individual semester / yearly mark-sheets (photocopy only)
2. Applying for a Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK:

After you have received a Letter of Comparability (LOC) from NARIC, you will need to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK to get a Letter of Initial Assessment. The process will take about 5 months (including time for postage) and the costs incurred will be 87 GBP (approx. 9,000 INR) plus postal charges. Please note that all documents to be sent to MCA has to be in ORIGINALS only and the MCA will return your documents safely back to you by courier as well. You will need to post the following documents to the MCA address in Southampton, the address is given in the last page of the LIA application form.
  • Completed Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) form.
  • UK NARIC Letter of Comparability (LoC) in Originals only.
  • Degree passing certificate and individual semester / yearly mark-sheets in originals only.
  • 2 passport size coloured photographs with white background, size 40 mm x 50 mm.
  • Demand Draft OF 87 GBP in favour of "Maritime and Coastguard Agency", payable in the UK.
3. Apply for your MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:

After receiving your Letter of Initial Assessment, you will now apply to Warsash Maritime Academy to send to you the MNTB Training Record Book along with the course study material. The MNTB Training Record Book has tasks which are to be completed on board ship during your sea service as a TRAINEE MARINE ENGINEER. This record book will be later assessed when you return to Warsash Maritime Academy for your workshop training, written and oral examinations. Please post the following documents to us (photocopies only) to apply for your MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy.
  • Passport first and last page photocopy
  • CDC photocopy
  • Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) photocopy issued by the MCA.
  • UK NARIC Letter of Comparability (LoC) photocopy
  • Degree passing certificate photocopy
  • Electronic bank transfer of 750 GBP in favour of the college.
4. Join ship to complete your required sea time for EOOW exams:

After receiving your MNTB Training Record Book, you will have to join ship and complete the requisite sea service as mentioned in the Letter of Initial Assessment given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is likely to be 9 months as would be mentioned in your LIA issued by the MCA. Prior to your joining ship, we will guide you regarding how to fill up the UK MNTB Training Record Book. If you have already joined ship, the MNTB TRB will be sent by courier to your shipping company and they can send it to you on the ship.

You will need to make a payment by electronic bank transfer of 1,200 GBP to reserve a seat for yourself in the college. This deposit will be deducted against your tuition fees, the balance of which you will pay on joining the college in UK. If you wish, you can book a seat whilst you are applying for your MNTB Training Record Book by making a combined payment of 750 GBP + 1,200 GBP. Kindly note that demand drafts are not accepted by the college any more. If

6. Join Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:

You will complete the following courses and exams in UK to obtain your Class 4 CoC:
  • 15 weeks of workshop training course.
  • 1 MCA oral examination which can be given before or after the written exams.
  • Written exams of EK General, EK Motor, Science A and Science B
As a graduate engineer, you should be able to clear all of the above exams and come back with your CoC in about 5 months duration.

STCW SHORT COURSE DETAILS:

The following short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft
If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK, finish the short courses, send the certificates to MCA UK and the MCA will post the CoC to the student.

COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 200 – 220 / month / person (room on a non-sharing basis)
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 140 / month / person (room on a twin sharing basis)
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

Electrical Engineer

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch – Examination Route (earlier called as Class IV course)

DURATION:
If a student is able to clear all his written and oral examinations in time as well as his workshop training skills prorgramme, he can hope to be back with his CoC in 5 months time. The visa will be issued for a period of 6 months during which you will get 2 attempts to clear the written exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during his stay in the UK after having received his Notice of Eligibility. IAMI written exams are held 5 times in a year whilst the workshop training duration is 15 weeks. Hence, if a person sits for his IAMI exams during the workshop period and also clears his MCA orals during the workshop period, he would have completed everything in 15 weeks i.e. in about 5 months. It takes 2 weeks to apply and get your CoC after having cleared your MCA orals, IAMI written and workshop exams. The total expected cost is about Rs. 8.5 Lakhs inclusive of Tuition Fees, Oral and Written exam fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets, visa charges, etc.

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
The following is the procedure for Electrical Officers with a degree in any of the following streams:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE)
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
1. Applying for a Letter of Comparability (LoC) from NARIC, UK:
As a graduate engineer you will need to send your documents to NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom) for getting a Letter of Comparability from them. The time duration to receive a Letter of Comparability would be 1 month approximately. Please do visit the NARIC website www.naric.org.uk. You have to fill up the Online Application Form on the NARIC website and make the requisite payment of 49.50 GBP (inclusive of return postage charges) as mentioned on the NARIC website, preferably through a credit card. Take a printout of the completed Application Form which would have been sent to your email address. On filling up the Application Form, you will receive a Reference Number which will be used for tracking the status of your application.

You will need to send the following documents (photocopies only, attestation not required) to NARIC:
  • BE / BTech degree passing certificate (photocopy only)
  • Individual semester / yearly mark-sheets (photocopy only)
  • Printout of NARIC online application form which will be sent to your email address by UK NARIC after you have completed the form filling procedure on the NARIC website.
2. Applying for a Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK:
After you have received a Letter of Comparability (LoC) from NARIC, you will need to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK to get a Letter of Initial Assessment. The process will take about 45 days (including time for postage) and the costs incurred will be 87 GBP (approx. 9,000 INR) plus postal charges. Please note that all documents to be sent to MCA has to be in ORIGINALS only and the MCA will return your documents safely back to you by courier as well. You will need to post the following documents to the MCA address in Southampton, the address is given in the last page of the LIA application form.

Completed Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) form.
  • UK NARIC Letter of Comparability (LoC) in Originals only.
  • Degree passing certificate and individual semester / yearly mark-sheets in originals only.
  • 2 passport size coloured photographs with white background, size 40 mm x 50 mm.
  • Demand Draft OF 87 GBP in favour of "Maritime and Coastguard Agency", payable in the UK.
View a sample LIA copy issued to a BE Electronics and Telecommunication Engg. student who was sailing as an ETO.

3. Apply for your MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:
After receiving your Letter of Initial Assessment, you will now apply to Warsash Maritime Academy to send to you the MNTB Training Record Book along with the course study material. The MNTB Training Record Book has tasks which are to be completed on board ship during your sea service as a TRAINEE MARINE ENGINEER. Kindly note that you need to sail as a TME and not as an ETO with the MNTB TRB. This record book will be later assessed when you return to Warsash Maritime Academy for your workshop training, written and oral examinations. Please post the following documents to us (photocopies only) to apply for your MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy.
  • Passport first and last page photocopy
  • CDC photocopy
  • Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) photocopy issued by the MCA.
  • UK NARIC Letter of Comparability (LoC) photocopy
  • Degree passing certificate photocopy
  • Electronic bank transfer of 750 GBP in favour of the college.
Please note that demand drafts are not being accepted by the college any more. If you need assistance with the electronic bank transfer process, please contact Mr.PradeepTambe from Cox & Kings, Mumbai, at 09819058853 and they will assist you with the process.

4. Join ship to complete your required sea time for EOOW exams:
After receiving your MNTB Training Record Book, you will have to join ship and complete the requisite sea service as mentioned in the Letter of Initial Assessment given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is likely to be 12 - 15 months as would be mentioned in your LIA issued by the MCA. Prior to your joining ship, we will guide you regarding how to fill up the UK MNTB Training Record Book. If you have already joined ship, the MNTB TRB will be sent by courier to your shipping company and they can send it to you on the ship.

You will complete the following courses and exams in UK to obtain your Class 4 CoC:
  • 15 weeks of workshop training course.
  • 1 MCA oral examination which can be given before or after the written exams.
  • Written exams of EK General, EK Motor, Science A and Science B
As a graduate electrical engineer, you should be able to clear all of the above exams and come back with your CoC in about 5 months duration.

STCW SHORT COURSE DETAILS:
The following short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft
If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK, finish the short courses, send the certificates to MCA UK and the MCA will post the CoC to the student.

COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 200 – 220 / month / person (room on a non-sharing basis)
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 140 / month / person (room on a twin sharing basis)
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

Class I Chief Engineer CoC

Please note that seats get filled up about 6 months in advance for the Class II course. Hence, it is advisable to apply early.

Seats are presently full for the September 2014 and January 2015 sessions. Upto x6 students are taken on the waiting list after a batch is full as usually upto x6 seats open up every batch due to postponement / cancellation by students for various reasons. If a waitlisted student is not confirmed eventually, his deposit payment of 1,200 GBP is returned back without any deductions. At present we are taking student admissions on the waiting list for the January 2015 session as well as confirmed admissions for the April 2015 and September 2015 sessions.

COURSE TITLE:
STCW 95 III/2 Chief Engineer (Examination Route)

COURSE DURATION:
The course duration will be about 3 months. If you clear all the 6 written examination in your first attempt as well as the 1 MCA oral exam (which can be given before or after the written exams), you can expect to receive your Class I CoC in about 5 months from the course starting date.
As written exams are held 4 times in a year with a gap of 3 months approximately, if you clear your exams in the 2nd attempt, it will take about 8 months duration for you to receive your CoC from the course starting date.

SUBJECTS:
The following are the 6 subjects to be completed at the Class I level:

Two Professional subjects:

NOTE: If you hold a Class II 2nd Engineers CoC from India, you can opt to do your Class I Chief Engineers CoC from UK. A minimum of 18 months of sea service would be required by you after your Class II CoC from India to become eligible for doing your Class I CoC from UK. As you would have done your Class II CoC from India, it is likely that the MCA, UK will ask you to appear for the Mathematics and Engineering Drawing written exams also in UK apart from the 6 subjects that are normally there in UK at the Class I level. This is because Mathematics and Engineering Drawing are not there at the Class I CoC level in UK but only at the Class II CoC level.

Engineering graduates (Mechanical and Marine) from India may apply to the MCA for exemptions from doing the course for the above Academic Subjects on the basis of their engineering qualifications / degrees when they apply for their Notice of Eligibility. You will have to have received your Naric Letter of Comparability (LoC) before you can apply for exemptions to the MCA. The MCA may grant you exemptions from doing the course for the Academic subjects but there is no exemption from sitting for the examinations. What it means is that irrespective of your academic qualifications, everyone has to clear the 2 EK subjects (i.e. Motor and General) and the 4 academic subjects written examinations. You may sit for the Academic subject examinations at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton if you are doing the EK subjects course at the academy.

TOTAL EXPENSES:
The total expenses including tuition fees, oral and written examination fees, food, accommodation, flight tickets and visas will work out to be as given below:
  • 6.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you hold a 4 years degree in Marine Engineering.
  • 7.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you hold a 4 years degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 8.0 Lakhs Rs/- if you do not hold a 4 years degree in Mechanical or Marine Engineering.
The above expenses assumes that you have cleared your exams in the 2nd attempt and hence includes flight ticket and visa expenses for two trips to the UK. If you are able to clear all exams in your first attempt, your expenses will be about 80,000 Rs/- less from the amount mentioned above.

If you wish to carry your wife and children, add an additional 1.5 Lakhs per dependent member which will take care of the flight ticket, visa charges, food and accommodation for the dependent member. The dependent family member will accompany you on a General Visitor Visa which is valid for a period of 6 months from the visa issue date.

ELIGIBILITY:
Before undertaking Engineering Knowledge (EK) or MCA Oral examinations, candidates require a minimum 18 months sea service (including 9 months as a watchkeeping Engineer Officer) while holding STCW ‘95 Table A III/2 Certificate of Competency (Watchkeeper) or Class 2 certification. A valid personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA is also required before a Certificate of Competency is issued.

COURSE BOOKING PROCEDURE:
You need to send the following documents to our address in Mumbai:
  • Photocopy of the first and last page of your Passport
  • Photocopy of the first page and ship stamping (after Class 2 CoC) pages on your CDC
  • Photocopy of all the pages of your Class 2 CoC except the blank pages
  • Electronic bank transfer of 1,200 GBP to be paid to the college
COURSE FEES:
Professional Subjects: Engineering Knowledge (Motor & General together) + HELM (M) - 2,350 GBP
Academic Subjects (Distance Learning): 430 GBP per subject x 4 subjects - 1,720 GBP

COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person




VISA PROCEDURES:
The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules that are valid today may not be acceptable in the future.
We will assist you with the visa procedure. The student will need to show about 8.0 Lakhs in his bank account for applying for the UK visa excluding the deposit amount already paid to the college.

FLIGHT TICKETS:
The flight ticket fares vary from airlines to airlines and from one season to the next. A one way ticket will cost you in the range of 22,000 - 30,000 Rs/- whilst a return ticket will cost you in the range 45,000 - 55,000 Rs/- depending upon availability and airlines. The fares may be substantially higher during peak travel season like summer holidays and the first week of January.





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