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Nautilus has received enquiries recently from cadets who chose to take the Higher National Certificate (HNC) route towards becoming qualified officers rather than the HND or a foundation degree, and who are now looking for guidance on how to work towards their next certificate of competency (CoC).
Cadets who studied for an HNC are required to undertake further academic study which would have been covered under the two routes. This totals around a year of college time, on top of the year they have already spent on their HNC.
This study can be expensive, however. It may be possible to keep accommodation and other costs down by carrying out this college work on a remote/distance learning basis – for example, this is currently offered by South
Shields Marine School on its CoC – Management Level III/2 Academics course, which can be taken on campus or remotely. To apply you will need either EOOW (III/1) or equivalent CoC, or Second Engineer (III/2) or equivalent CoC, plus the necessary sea time.
Money for this training towards your next CoC may also be available via the SMarT funding scheme; your training provider/employer would be able to claim the funding.
Going to sea?
If your first time onboard is coming up then you're probably wondering about something, whether that's internet access, what you need to pack or something completely different.
Do you have questions, but you're not sure who to ask? Please get in touch with our cadet team. The Merchant Navy Survival Guide by Nautilus member Nic Gardner is also a good place to start.
If you've come back from a seatime phase and have experienced problems, we also want to hear from you. As a cadet you're entitled to respect and fair treatment, and Nautilus is here to help ensure you get it.