Work-Study Post-Diploma for Maritime (Seafaring Deck Officer)

Course Introduction:

The objective of the 12-month structured sea service programme is for deepening of skills through sea attachment in accordance with the STCW code and also assist an officer to deepen his / her knowledge of shipboard operations to take up responsibilities at management level. The WSProg Learning Journal should be assessed by Shipboard Training Officer and Company Training officer at regular intervals to ensure that the training on board ships meets the requirements and objectives of the WSProg Journal. When completed, this journal will serve as a documentary proof that the Officer has displayed the knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined in the STCW Code.

With the 12-month sea service and Letter of Eligibility issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), an Officer can attend a CoC Class 1&2 Deck Officer course conducted in SMA. Those who completed the CoC Class 1 and 2 Deck Officer course, passed the written examination from SMA and additionally, passed the Simulator and Orals Examinations conducted by MPA, would qualify for the Certificate of Competency Class 2 Deck Officer. With this qualification, the Officer is qualified to serve as a Chief Officer on board ships.

To develop skills and competencies necessary for certification of Chief Officers on ships engaged in international voyages. The level of competency expected on completion of the course will be Deck Officers at Management Level as per STCW Code (Table A-II/2).

Course Duration and Training Mode: 

Course Duration: 

12-month sea service within 18 months from the date of joining the first ship

Course Outline: 

Standard of competence for Masters and Chief Mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more

Function 1: Navigation at Management Level
Function 2: Cargo handling and stowage at Management Level
Function 3: Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at Management Level

Please click here for module synopsis

Suitable For: 

Fresh polytechnic graduates from the relevant field who wish to deepen their technical skills on board ships via OJT at participating shipping companies as full time employees.

Minimum Entry Requirements: 

1. Applicants must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident of Singapore.

2. Applicants must be hired by one of the participating companies for this Work-Study Programme.

3. The list of eligible diplomas offered by local polytechnics are as follows:
a) Diploma in Nautical Studies, and
b) Holder of CoC3 Deck Officer


a) Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA), and
b) Holder of CoC3*, and
c) GCE 'N' Level qualifications or higher

*completion of CoC3 on or after 28 July 2017

SP will evaluate individuals who have graduated for more than 36 months but within 5 years from the date of gradation or ORD on a case-by-case basis.

Past/Current Participating Companies:

- Apex Ship Management Pte Ltd
- Grindrod Shipping Pte Ltd
- Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd 

Award / Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of the program within the 18-month validity period, the participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by Singapore Polytechnic.
The counting of 18 calendar months commences on the date the sea time is counted towards the WSP.
Letter of Eligibility will be awarded by MPA to the candidate to enrol for the Combined Class 1 & 2 Deck Officer Course.

Courses Fees: $600.00 + GST

Refund Policy: 
- Withdraw within 2 weeks before semester commencement, 70% refund of the paid course fee.
- Withdraw on or after the date of semester commencement, no refund of the paid course fee.

Please note that other fees paid are non-refundable.

For interested applicants, please click here to submit your application.

Only candidates who are shortlisted by SP and hosting companies will be notified to attend interviews. Successful candidates employed by the hosting companies will be placed under the programme. 

For interested participating companies, please click here to submit your participation form.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Name: Capt Satinder Singh Virdi

For other enquiries, please email to

Payment Mode

a) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

b) For payment via Telegraphic Transfer, details will be provided in the invoice to companies.

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