Education & Training

The MNTB has responsibility for approving programmes for new entrants into the Merchant Navy, at rating and officer levels. A list of approved programmes commencing Autumn 2019 can be found here.

New entrant programmes have been designed to meet industry needs along with the 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 programmes 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 these requirements and seek formal approval of them by the MNTB.

Rating programmes are covered by a range of apprenticeships for deck, engine room and shortly will also include maritime caterer and onboard services apprenticeships. These are available in England and as modern apprenticeships in Scotland.

Officer cadet programmes are available for deck, engineer and electro-technical specialisms.