Your navigation cadet programme starts with a 18-week phase one training programme split between training at sea with a shipping company and onshore at Humber Maritime College. There are a total of five phases.

Assessment Method

There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship, including orals, practical projects, written assessments and simulator exercises. All cadets will undertake the International Association of Maritime Institutions exams in their final college phase and also sit MCA Orals for the award of their Certificate of Competency which qualifies the cadet as a Navigation Officer.

Joining the Merchant Navy

A Deck Officer is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port.

Entry Requirements

All cadets are required to gain 12 months’ combined seagoing service and workshop skills training. There will be a range of assessment methods used throughout the cadetship.


Please apply directly to us, we will then pass on your application form to your preferred training management company.

Cadet Programme

From Phase 1 - The Foundation Phase through to Phase 5 - Continuation of academic programme, additional short course, exam and oral preparation.

Halls of Residence

While studying at Humber Maritime College, cadets will stay at our halls of residence for the first phase and may choose to return for subsequent phases or rent local housing.

About us

We have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our nautical college and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

The Industry

The Merchant Navy is the international commercial shipping industry, transporting both cargo and people to destinations worldwide.

Cadet Benefits

There are many benefits for cadets, both during training and once qualified. Once qualified as a Deck Officer, cadets will normally begin as a Third Officer and can progress to becoming Captain.