"There are many reasons why a crewmember may wish to obtain an OOW Unlimited Certificate of Competency (CoC)," Lippuner says. These reasons may include to work as a deck officer on any vessel, including yachts above 3000gt, to increase knowledge base, optimise chances for career success and to be able to progress to Master Unlimited certification.
“Many recruitment agencies are telling us that deck officers with both unlimited certification and yacht experience are in very high demand.” - Lars Lippuner
Tuition and assessment lasts for 23 weeks and includes bridge watchkeeping, navigation, chart work, tides, emergency response and communications, cargo work, meteorology, ship stability, ship construction and law & management. At the end of your course you will also sit two written exams in Navigation and in Stability & Operations. On successful completion you will be awarded a Higher National Certificate (HNC) Nautical Science.
“Many recruitment agencies are telling us that deck officers with both unlimited certification and yacht experience are in very high demand,” Lippuner explains. For this reason, it is essential that potential crew understand how they can progress with their qualifications.