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Workboat Crewmember

Working on a wide variety of specialist boats.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £20,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements
  • set by employer
  • must meet the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's strict medical requirements
What apprentices will learn
  • communications
  • navigation and vessel handling
  • berthing and handling mooring ropes
  • using winches to handle ropes, wires and chains
  • cargo handling
  • marine hydraulic loader crane operators certificate
  • slinger and signaller's certificate

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

  • basic safety courses: personal survival techniques, firefighting and fire prevention, emergency first aid, personal safety and social responsibilities
  • proficiency in designated security duties
  • navigational watch rating certificate (including 2 months statutory sea time)

Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

  • auxiliary engine course (AEC) parts 1 and 2
  • efficient deck hand certificate (including 6 months statutory sea time)

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must have:

  • taken level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades 9 to 4 or A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.