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Able seafarer (deck)

Working as part of the navigation department on ships and other vessels, keeping watch and maintaining safety and security, and carrying out a range of practical tasks.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £9,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Apprentices will need to pass the medical entry requirements.

What apprentices will learn
  • navigation and mooring skills
  • carrying out lookout duties
  • operating specialist equipment and machinery
  • securing cargo
  • providing access to vessels and carrying out patrols
  • maintenance duties
  • emergency procedures and equipment
  • health and safety, first aid and survival techniques
  • statutory and industry regulations

The apprenticeship standard sets out a range of mandatory qualifications and certification.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency 02380 329239
More Information

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