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Apprenticeship training course

Small commercial vessel crewmember (level 3)

Working on a wide variety of specialist vessels.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Transport and logistics
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Rating
  • Seafarer
  • Workboat crew member
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Operate vessel equipment including main engines, pumps, emergency equipment and winches.
  • Support the safety of those on board, for example, passengers, technicians and other crew.
  • Maintain a vessel's weather and watertight integrity and take necessary action if breached.
  • Operate life saving appliances (LSA) and firefighting equipment (FFE).
  • Administer emergency first aid.
  • Coordinate a response to an emergency situation.
  • Steer a vessel in different marine environments, for example, maintain and alter course when required to do so, taking into account local environment and conditions.
  • Manoeuvre a vessel to enable recovery of "man overboard" and the safe boarding of emergency services and authorities.
  • Load and unload cargo and equipment using deck cranes, for example, the correct slinging of loads, use of international signalling methods and correct stowage of dangerous goods.
  • Anchor a vessel.
  • Communicate with others verbally using maritime terminology for example, colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Perform deck operations as appropriate to the vessel type, and on board equipment, for example, plough dredging, survey activities, setting up a tow, recovery of towline in adverse weather conditions, transfer of personnel and equipment.
  • Contribute to maintaining vessel equipment including main engines, pumps, emergency equipment and winches
  • Respond to emergency situations, for example, deploying life rafts, deploying man overboard equipment, using emergency towlines.
  • Undertake running and emergency repairs.
  • Create a safe means to board and disembark from a vessel.
  • Recognise and respond to the signs of fatigue in self and others.
  • Prepare food on board.
  • Use information and digital technology. Comply with GDPR and cyber security regulations.
  • Keep a safe navigational watch
  • Use vessel radio equipment.
  • Maintain lifesaving appliances (LSA) and firefighting equipment (FFE)
  • Follow safe working practices.
  • Apply equity, diversity and inclusion policies.
  • Complete security checks for persons boarding a vessel
  • Moor a vessel.
  • Unmoor a vessel.
  • Follow safe working practices under the organisational safety management system (SMS)
  • Record or enter information - electronic or paper based, for example, risk assessments, equipment service records, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, work sheets, checklists.
  • Follow procedures in line with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal.
  • Use electronic navigational charts to fix the vessels position.
  • Apply team working principles

Full information on Small commercial vessel crewmember (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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