The Institute awards certificates of achievement in maritime studies, to either nautical students for masters of ships with a gross registered tonnage of not over 200 tons (Class 5 Master), or engineering students for marine engineers of vessels with a total propulsion power of not over 250 kW (Class 5 Engineer), who complete the prescribed two-year course of study. When the students also satisfy the national statutory requirements, they shall also receive from the Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure, certificates of competency as Class 5 Masters, as in the former, and Class 5 Marine Engineers, as in the latter. This class of certificates qualifies the bearers to be masters or chief engineers on ships of appropriate tonnage and propulsion power in the domestic trade. Awarded also are certificates of achievement in fishing technology and maritime studies to students who complete the prescribed one-year course of studies in fishing techniques and for masters and chief engineers on ships of not over 12 meters in length (Class 6 Master/Engineer) on the domestic trade. The bearers of this class of certificates possess dual qualifications and can be either in the merchant marine service or in the fishing industry on fishing boats, which increases their chances for job opportunities.

The Institute also awards certificates of completion in Multi-Purpose Rating to students who complete the one-semester course of study requirements. This level of certificates is for crew members who make up either the bridge navigational watches, or the engine room watches. Again, the bearers of this level of certificates have dual qualifications to work on ships plying the international routes either as deck crew or engine room crew members.

Safety certificates are awarded to students who complete the short safety courses in sea survival techniques, basic fire fighting, elementary first aid and occupational health and safety. These courses, when run consecutively normally cover a period of four to five weeks. The satisfactory completion of these courses by a person will qualify that person to work on board ships plying the international trade. The addition of a Multi-Purpose Rating certificate to the certificate inventory of a person already holding a safety certificate will enable that person to actually work on ships of unlimited tonnage on the international trade, up to and including as members of the bridge navigational watches or the engine room watches.

The above levels of certificates provide exit points for students who may wish to leave the school before completing an entire program and return at a later date to continue. This, therefore, provides the flexibility to students who wish to drop out for sometime for personal reasons and decide to come back at a later date to pursue their chosen field of study until they achieve their desired level of certificate, or Class 5 levels of certificates.

This program is designed to equip the seafarer in the maritime industry with practical skills and competence to assist him in the management and operation of a vessel of up to 200 gross tons, engaged in near coastal voyages. The successful completion of this program also fulfils the syllabus requirements for the award of a maritime industry Certificate of Competency as Class 5 Master. This course has been aligned with the standards of the endorsed International Con-vention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended 1995 (STCW95 Convention). Nested within this program are three separate exit points, Cer-tificate of Completion of the Multi-Purpose Rating Course, Certificate of Achievement in Fishing Techniques and Maritime Studies (Class 6 Master/Engineer) and on completion, the Advanced Certificate of Achievement in Maritime Studies (Class 5 Master).
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
1. provide primary first aid treatment to the sick and injured while at sea.
2. apply pro-active fire prevention techniques and be an effective member of a ship board firefighting team.
3. work safely and interact positively with others on board vessels.
4. respond effectively in the event of an abandonment from a merchant or small commer-cial vessel.
5. master the language and vocabulary skills needed to communicate with other crew mem-bers
6. perform duties as a rating forming part of either navigational watch or engine room watch
7. manage and operate a vessel of less than 200 gross tons with propulsion power of 250 kW.
8. set up and correctly operate navigational and communication equipments.
9. maintain a good stability of a vessel of less than 200 gross tons in compliance with na-tional requirements
10. plan and conduct the coastal passage of a vessel of up to 200 gross tons
1. Qualifying Short Courses (ESS/BSS) (All Candidates) …………………………6 credits
MSG 089 Survival Techniques (1.5)
MSG 090 Fire Prevention and Control (1.5)
MSG 091 Basic First Aid (1.5)
MSG 092 Occupational Healthy and Safety (1.5)
2. Qualifying Short Courses (Class 6 M/E, and Class 5 M and Class 5 E.)..10 credits
MMA 162 Basic Radar operations (2)
MMA 163 Radiotelephony (2)
MMA 172 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (2.5)
MMA 173 Basic Radar (1.5)
MME 178 Practical Mathematics (2)
3. General Education Core Requirements.................................................22 credits
MS 104 Technical Mathematics I (4)
MS 106 Technical Mathematics II (4)
EN 123 Technical Communications (3)
CA 100 Computer Literacy (3)
Any Exercise Sport Science (1)
Any Science or Marine Science course with lab (4)
Any course in Art, Music, History, Philosophy or Language (3)
4. Technical Requirements..................................................................35 credits
MWD 100 Enabling English (1.5)
MWD 101 Basic Bridge Procedures (4)
MWD 102 Basic Seamanship (2)
MWD 103 Basic Machinery Systems (4)
MME 160 Nautical Knowledge I (3)
MME 161 Engineering Knowledge I (4)
MM 170 First Aid At Sea (1.5)
MM 171 Proficiency in Survival Craft (2)
MM 173 Advanced Fire Prevention and Control (1.5)
MM 175 Small Vessel Stability (1.5)
MM 176 Nautical Knowledge II (4)
MM 177 Navigation and Position Determination (4)
MM 178 Ship Construction and Machinery (1.5)
ACA in Maritime Studies (Class 5 Master)................................................73 credits
Marine Engineering
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