Course Duration: 4 weeks
Course Dates: Every month (Use the contact form on the right for exact start date).
Availaibility: Available every month. See dates below or Click here
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(A) - Standalone - Fees £1375
(B) - Master with HELM - Fees £1675
This course enables candidates to achieve Master yacht 3000gt or 500gt certification by the MCA Oral examination route. Candidates will receive tuition and guided study in preparation for the MCA Oral examination.
Candidates must also hold a valid STCW certificate in 'Proficiency in Medical Care Onboard Ship' and a personal medical fitness certificate recognised by the MCA before taking their MCA Orals. If not already held, this course can be undertaken at GMA outside of the main course.
The course is primarily concerned with preparing candidates to answer the MCA Examiner's questions based on studies previously undertaken. Tutorials are mainly devoted to Seamanship, Magnetic Compass and Shipmaster's Business & Law, although presentation of other topics may be arranged where the whole group should benefit. Tutorials will be delivered as formal lectures and/or demonstrations as appropriate, supplemented by group discussion, question and answer sessions and directed study. Candidates are also encouraged to make full use of other learning resources, including the on-site nautical library, Internet access, training software and feedback from previous candidates. Each candidate gets a free software "COSOFT" and a mock orals at the end of the course. This helps them repair any damage before going for the actual orals.
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Please note that MCGA greenock office has shifted to glasgow since december. If you want to book your orals in Glasgow all queries related to orals booking should be made to the new address.
The new MCA / MCGA glasgow office address is
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Glasgow Marine Office
1st Floor WestPoint One
Westpoint Business Park
1 Marchfield Drive
Tel: +44 (0)141 887 6430
Fax +44 (0)141 842 1258
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In order to gain a Master (Yachts) <500gt or <3000gt CoC, you will need to do some classroom training, some yacht and watch keeping service, and finally an oral exam.
The main difference between the Master (Yachts <500gt) and the Master (Yachts <3000gt) is Yacht Service and Watchkeeping Service.
For Master (Yachts <500gt) you must be able to prove the following service:
A minimum of 12 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including 120 days Watchkeeping Service, in vessels of 15 metres or over in loadline length. (starting from the date your OOW CoC was issued)
For Master (Yachts <3000gt) you must be able to prove the following service:
A minimum of 24 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including 240 days Watchkeeping Service. All of this service must be completed in vessels of 15 metres or over in loadline length and include 12 months in vessels of 24 metres or over in load line length, or six months in vessels of 500gt or more. (starting from the date your OOW CoC was issued)
Onboard Yacht Service is being signed onto a yacht, whether you are on passage or not, and does not include leave, or time when you are undertaking your courses.
Watchkeeping service is Actual Sea Service spent as a Watchkeeping Officer in full charge of a navigational watch for not less than eight out of every 24 hours whilst the vessel is engaged on voyage.
The course certificates that you must have for Master are:
(the first 3 only apply if you hold an OOW <3000gt CoC, and do not need to be re-submitted if you already hold a Chief Mate <3000gt CoC)
Advanced Fire Fighting Certificate - can be done at GMA various dates available.
Medical First Aid Aboard Ship Certificate - can be done at GMA various dates available.
RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased & Practical Certs (commercially endorsed) or IYT Master of Yachts 200 tonnes (Unlimited) Certificate
Master Seamanship & Meteorology Course Completion & Pass Certs - cannot be done at GMA as it is under approval.
Master Stability Course Completion & Pass Certs - cannot be done at GMA as it is under approval.
Master Business & Law Course Completion & Pass Certs - cannot be done at GMA as it is under approval.
Master Navigation, Radar and ARPA Simulator Course Completion & Pass Certs - cannot be done at GMA as it is under approval.
Proficiency in Medical Care Aboard Ship Certificate - can be done at GMA various dates available.
Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level) certificate (if this wasn't submitted with your Chief Mate CoC application) - can be done at GMA various dates available.
MCA Celestial Navigation Exam Certificate (after 1st January 2014 - NOTE: this is NOT the YM Ocean cert) - cannot be done at GMA as it is under approval.
ECDIS certificate (after 1st January 2014) - can be done at GMA various dates available.
Master <500gt: if you are yet to receive any of these certificates but have enough service, you can still apply for the Master <500gt NoE, but you will need to submit the certificates to the MCA before the CoC can be issued.
Master <3000gt: when applying for this you must either have the Master <500gt CoC already, or all of the above certificates before you can apply for the NoE, as stated in MSN 1802. If you hold the Master <500gt CoC and wish to upgrade to Master <3000gt, you do not need to resubmit any of the above certificates, unless they have been added to the requirements since your Master <500 CoC was issued.
Candidates who were issued an NoE for Master <3000gt prior to 31st December 2013, who do not hold a Master <500gt CoC already, MUST have completed all of the modules etc before attending the oral examination, otherwise they will receive an automatic fail.
Applying for an NoE:
To do the final oral exam for Master Yachts <500/3000gt, you will need a Notice of Eligibility. This document is issued once the MCA have assessed your eligibility, and an oral exam cannot be booked until the NoE is issued.
Your service needs to be proved with 2 forms of evidence for each vessel on which you are claiming service time. Usually a Testimonial and a Certificate of Discharge. If you have a discharge book, this can be used with a testimonial for each vessel, or if you are a member of the PYA they will attest your PYA logbook.
You must send a form of ID with your application. You can send a copy of your passport, signed by your Captain and with their CoC number noted, but you can also send any form of National ID - birth certificate or Discharge Book are usually easier to cope without!
Click here to view MSN 1802 (the testimonial and certificate of discharge can be found as annexes of the M Notice as page 22, 23 & 24)
You will need to download the application form. You must complete the form and send all of your original certificates and testimonials to the MCA.
The NoE will be processed in about 28 days. Once the NoE is issued you are deemed eligible to take the oral exam.
Course Dates Availibility
Dec 2019 India Only
Dec 2020 India Only