Certificate Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) SCQF level 5

The Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer (Deck) at SCQF level 5 provides learners with a qualification that will demonstrate their aptitude in this area. This certificate will develop the learner's confidence and awareness of the skills that they have acquired which they can use for employment and/or further study.

It includes an overview of the maritime sector, vessel rope work, anchoring and mooring operations, securing a vessel for passage, vessel construction and stability, and controlling the operation of survival craft and rescue boats.

This qualification is available through SQA-approved centres such as colleges, employers and training providers.

This qualification replaces the previous Certificate in Maritime Studies: Able Seafarer/Tug Rating (Deck) GE87 45.

Why deliver this qualification

This qualification enables the learner to demonstrate both underpinning knowledge and performance evidence of competence in a maritime vocational area.

This qualification is based on the most recent version of the National Occupational Standards, defined by the Maritime Skills Alliance sector skills council.

The certificate can be offered within a workplace environment.

The evidence demonstrating achievement of the qualification can be assessed within a workplace environment or, where simulation is used, within a realistic working environment.

Who does this qualification suit

This certificate is suitable for:

  • learners who may have just left school
  • individuals who are currently in employment and who wish to obtain a formal qualification

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. 


The level 5 certificate, particularly when combined with practical experience at sea, could provide progression to:

  • employment as an able seafarer in the shipping sector.
  • opportunities to progress to higher roles in the sector, such as bosun, including further training to become an officer


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Assessment of this certificate will be through a series of theoretical and practical assessments or tasks. Some assessments will be carried out under supervised open-book conditions, others under supervised closed-book conditions.

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Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL62 45

The Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5 consists of eight mandatory units. Please refer to the qualification structure for details on the units making up this qualification.

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.


This certificate is a mandatory component in the Level 5 Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations.

SQA also offers the following components of this apprenticeship:

Award in Maritime Studies: Deck Rating at SCQF level 5

SQA code: GL63 45

Unit title SCQF 4
Core Skills: Communication F426 04
Core Skills: Numeracy F42A 04
Core Skills: Information and Communication Technology F42E 04
Core Skills: Problem Solving F42J 04
Core Skills: Working with Others F42N 04

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