MCS Accredited Cadet Training Programmes Duration
Deck Ratings +/- 15 – 24 months
Engine Ratings +/- 15 - 24 months
Catering Ratings +/- 15 – 24 months
MCS Minimum Seatime Requirements: Full completion of an accredited On Board Training Record Book 15 Months

Minimum Entry Requirements (Deck Hand, Engine Hand, Catering Hand):

  • Recent School Leaving Certificate with a good pass in English
  • Fitness to international seafarer medical standards
  • Eyesight test for seafarers - Deck Ratings

A Guide to Ratings Career Paths:

Based on competence demonstrated, merit and achievement and successful completion of the accredited On Board Training Record Book and required STCW shore based theoretical and practical courses as either Able Seaman, Oiler or Cook, trainees can develop as follows:

Deck Hand Ordinary Seaman Able Seaman Bosun
Engine Hand Wiper Oiler    
Galley Hand Messman 2nd Cook 1st Cook

Opportunities exist for training and employment as General Purpose Ratings who are qualified and able to serve in all three disciplines on board a vessel.