Course Code: MX1EC66


Maritime and Nautical

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Course Overview

The Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulation Training at management level (NAEST M) offers comprehensive training in the competent use of navigation and electronic systems found onboard merchant vessels.

You will gain the knowledge and understanding required in the use of radar, ARPA, ECDIS, satellite navigation systems and other electronic navigation aids to monitor the safety of navigation.

Successful completion will form part of the overall competency package that is submitted to the MCA for the issuance of a Chief Mates Certificate of Competency (Chief Mates CoC – unlimited). The course is based on MNTB criteria and approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are:

  • At least 12 months watchkeeping service whilst holding a Certificate of Competency issued under Regulation II/1 of the STCW Convention 1978, as amended.
  • Candidates for Chief Mate less than 3000gt will be accepted with a minimum of six months watchkeeping service

Candidates will also need to provide documentary evidence of successful completion of:

  1. MCA approved Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST) (Operational level) course completed on or after 1 January 2005 or
  2. MCA approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005 

If no ECDIS certificate is held then you will need to complete a full ECDIS course before you undertake NaEST (M). If you are unsure please contact T 01253 504800 or E

Some candidates may require a Distance Learning Programme to prepare for this course at an additional cost of £175. Please contact us to check if this applies to you.

Students will be required to verbally confirm on the day that they are fit and well enough to participate in practical exercises.

Career Options and Progression

Successful completion of this course and achievement of the Chief Mate/Master Certificate of Competency will enable you to progress to senior ship-based/shore-based employment. 
This certificate is internationally accepted for employment as an officer aboard merchant navy vessels.

Assessment Methods

The training comprises 7 areas of competence 
1.    Voyage planning and execution 
2.    Voyage monitoring by all available means 
3.    Decision making in navigational and other situations 
4.    Command decision making assisted by appropriate navigation aids 
5.    Manoeuvre the ship in all conditions 
6.    Co-ordinate search and rescue 
7.    Set efficient watch keeping processes and procedures 
Assessment is by continuous observation of performance against stated performance criteria. 

Teaching and Learning Methods

This course is 35 hours delivered over five days.

Training is primarily based around a series of exercises conducted in the full mission bridge simulators followed by constructive instructional debrief of all participants 
Stage 1: Collision avoidance exercises 
Stage 2: Navigation and collision avoidance exercises
Stage 3: Search and rescue exercises 
Stage 4: Advanced navigation and collision avoidance exercises

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There is no industry placement or field trip included as part of this course.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

All equipment required is provided.

Some candidates may require a Distance Learning Programme to prepare for this course at an additional cost of £175. Please contact us to check if this applies to you.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

Terms and Conditions

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