Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

NAFC Marine Centre


Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme


Start Date: September 2021

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme trains deck (navigation) and engineer officers for the merchant navy. As a cadet you will spend part of your time studying at the NAFC Marine Centre and part working at sea as a trainee on board ships. You will be employed by a shipping company which will pay you a training allowance (and pay all your fees and expenses) throughout your training.

The professional and academic qualifications that you gain as a cadet will enable you to work as a junior deck or engineer officer on ships anywhere in the world or progress to further study.


Entry Requirements

You should normally have at least three National 5s (or equivalent), including English, Mathematics and a Science based subject OR complete the Cadet Programme Access Course.

Other equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be accepted.


Further Information

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