SQA, Skills Funding Agency

Level 2 Diploma Able Seafarer (Engine Room)

Level 2 Diploma Able Seafarer (Engine Room)

The Maritime sector offers a wide range of opportunities. A Maritime Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the Apprentice to gain technical knowledge and genuine practical experience, along with functional and personal skills that are both required for their immediate job and for their future career.


Who is the qualification for? 

The Level 2 Diplomas in Maritime Studies are suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • progression learners from basic maritime qualifications
  • employed learners who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners wishing to move from one sector of the maritime industry to another

How could I progress? 
Candidates could potentially progress to further learning or more senior positions including: bosun/senior rating, (either deck or engine room) on super yachts and other vessels requiring limited certification. Learners also have the opportunity to undertake an Advanced Maritime Apprenticeship, which will apply across a range of different types of vessel controlled by international regulations, and will lead to limited certification as an Officer of the Watch either on the bridge or in the engine room, depending on the pathway followed.

Training Methods
The qualification is achieved by gaining knowledge and skills within the work place (ie at sea) and is underpinned with knowledge sessions delivered in a classroom environment.

Assessment Method 
The qualification contains mandatory units comprising a mixture of learning outcomes, some of which relate to underpinning knowledge, whilst others cover competence. In order to achieve any unit, candidates must demonstrate that they meet the relevant stated outcomes and demonstrate the required knowledge and understanding. This will be achieved through a balance of observations carried out by the training consultant and workplace evidence produced by the candidate.

Location   Work Based

Duration   12 Months

Entry Requirements No general entry requirements however entrants need to be willing to spend periods away from home on board a vessel as required and to pass a seafarers’ medical examination

Cost    Funded as part of the Maritime Studies Apprenticeship. Employer contribution may be required depending on age.