Education & Training

The MNTB has responsibility for setting and approving the training standards and frameworks for new entrants into the Merchant Navy.

Training Standards are available for rating apprenticeships (covering able seafarer (deck) and are being developed for engine room rating (electrical/mechanical mechanic) and maritime caterer) and are also under development to replace the current frameworks that are in place for officer cadet certification in deck, engineering and electro-technical specialisms.  They have been designed to meet international regulations laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and enshrined in the Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), as well as providing recognised academic and national qualifications.  In addition, the frameworks are underpinned by, and referenced to, the industry’s National Occupational Standards.

Nautical colleges and universities involved in seafarer education and training develop their own programmes to meet the framework requirements and seek formal approval of them by the MNTB.

For information about ratings click here