SQA Maritime Qualifications

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We offer a comprehensive portfolio of maritime qualifications to support the maritime sector, with further qualifications currently under development. Our qualifications develop the employability skills valued by employers in general and necessary for effective work within the maritime industry.

Maritime Skills Alliance

“SQA is the Maritime Skills Alliance’s preferred awarding organisation. We have developed a close working relationship with them to ensure that the qualifications meet employers’ needs and also reflect UK and international regulations. Colleagues at SQA have a very good understanding of the sector and the practical reality of delivering our qualifications; they’re good partners.”

Iain Mackinnon, Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance

 

Department for Transport - Maritime Sector

 

Qualification title Framework

Award

 
Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: Competent Crew on Domestic Vessels QCF
Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating QCF
Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: STCW Safety QCF
Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: Marine Vessel Hospitality QCF
Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: Use of Safety Equipment on Domestic Vessels QCF
Level 2 Award in Nautical Studies QCF
Level 3 Award in Maritime Studies: Marine Vessel Hospitality Supervision QCF
Level 3 Award in Maritime Studies: Use of Radar and Electronic Chart Systems in Code Vessels QCF
Level 4 Award in Maritime Studies: Tug Master less than 500 gross tonnage QCF

Certificate

 
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) QCF
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer/Tug Rating (Deck) QCF
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Boatmaster for Non-Tidal Inland Waterways QCF
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating QCF
Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Watch/Tug Rating (Engine Room) QCF
Level 4 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Tug Master less than 3000 gross tonnage QCF

Diploma

 
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marinas and Boatyards QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marine Vessel Maintenance (Electro-Technical) QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Marine Vessel Maintenance (Engineering) QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Sea Fishing QCF
Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Workboats QCF
Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (Deck) QCF
Level 3 Diploma in Shipping and Maritime Operations (Engineering) QCF
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Officer of the Watch on Merchant vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage (Near Coastal) QCF
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Officer of the Watch on Merchant vessels of less than 3,000 gross tonnage (Near Coastal) QCF
Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Officer of the Watch on Merchant vessels (yacht) less than 3,000 gross tonnage (Unlimited) QCF
Level 3 Diploma Supervision of Port and Maritime Operations QCF
Level 5 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Engine Room) SCQF
Level 5 Diploma in Maritime Studies: Workboats SCQF

National 5

 
Skills for Work: Maritime Skills National 5 SCQF

National Workplace Certificate

 
National Workplace Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer/Tug Rating (Deck) SCQF

PDA

 
PDA in Marine Management SCQF

National Certificate

 
National Certificate in Shipping and Maritime Operations SCQF

HNC/HND

 
Higher National Certificate in Nautical Science SCQF
Higher National Certificate in Marine Engineering SCQF
Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science SCQF
Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering SCQF
Higher National Diploma in Marine Electro-Technology SCQF