This three-year training programme prepares students for the Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) and their first professional sea-going qualification - the Class 3 Deck Certificate of Competency. It is the first career step for the holder to sail as a junior deck officer, and later, as master of a ship.
The course comprises three phases. Phase 1 commences at the start of the SP academic year whilst Phase 3 is conducted each semester.
Phase 1 - Pre-Sea Induction (18 months)
This three-semester Pre-Sea Induction course at the Singapore Polytechnic prepares students as cadet officers aboard ship. Students are taught the fundamental knowledge and skills required for a deck officer. During this period, the student also attends the approved STCW Basic Safety Training course.
Phase 2 - Sea-Training / Correspondence (12 months)
During this phase the students undergo shipboard training and follow a structured training programme, which includes a correspondence course package and the completion of a training and assessment record book. As cadet officers, students are groomed to shoulder the responsibilities of a Navigating Officer. A minimum sea service of 12 months is required for the award of Diploma in Nautical Studies and the Class 3 Certificate of Competency.
Phase 3 - Full-time study at Singapore Polytechnic (6 months)
This final phase of study (one semester) for the Diploma in Nautical Studies course includes the Class 3 Certificate of Competency Preparatory Course. The holder of the diploma may be granted exemption from the written part of the Class 3 Certificate of Competency examination conducted by MPA Singapore. The student will be required to attend the approved STCW Medical First Aid on Board Ship course as an ancillary.
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