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Training for officers in charge of a navigational watch, chief mates and ship masters on
merchant vessels
of all sizes in all trade lanes, except fishing vessels.


State certified technician Navigational Officer


Designated period (A)

2 years

Download: Lehrplan A (PDF-File 291 KB)    
Online: Curriculum A
Download: Application form (PDF-File 652 KB)

All courses normally commence mid-September every year

Further information

Entry requirements for officer and ship’s master training:
  1. •    Realschulabschluss/Diploma attesting a level of secondary education (ISCED Level II),
  2. •    Ship mechanic degree or
  3. •    Seamen certification,
  4. •    Maritime training according to national law (ship’s operation assistant/SBTA) and 12 months of seagoing service as assistant officer,

•    Navy members with a minimum of 4 years of seagoing service and 3 moths of traineeship on a merchant vessel.

For further information or individual approval, see Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie - BSH, Hamburg