Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating

SQA code: GC7W 54
Ofqual code: 603/4892/6
Total Qualification Time: 267
Guided Learning Hours: 220
Credit value: 27

The Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as maritime employment, environmental and health and safety practice, survival in the water during maritime emergencies, vessel fire prevention and fire-fighting, and maritime security.

The Diploma also includes emergency first aid in response to maritime accidents or medical emergencies, safe operation of merchant vessel machinery systems, electrical safety on merchant vessels, and producing components using hand-fitting techniques.

This qualification may be available through employers, training providers and colleges.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating is suitable for people who are working, or intending to work, in the maritime sector. It is aimed at those who have no prior experience of the sector.

Learners will develop their skills and knowledge as ratings in the engine room of a merchant vessel or tug to ensure the continuous running of machinery and equipment on board the vessel. They will learn to organise routine maintenance procedures and necessary repairs in the engine-room, on power plant and on auxiliary machinery.

The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm the learner's occupational competence as an engine room rating. As a work-related, competence-based qualification it provides confirmation to employers and industry managers that the learner has the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification.


The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • preparing learners for employment
  • preparing learners to progress to another qualification
  • meeting relevant programmes of learning
  • giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning
  • supporting a role in the workplace
  • confirming knowledge, understanding and skills 


The qualification is intended for people in the maritime sector and has been developed in conjunction with the Merchant Navy Training Board and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure it is 'fit for purpose'.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through either on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To gain the qualification, learners must complete eight mandatory units (credit value 27) from the qualification structure.

Who is this qualification for?

The Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • progression learners from basic maritime qualifications
  • adults returning to education
  • employed learners who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • unemployed learners who wish to enhance their job prospects
  • learners wishing to move from one sector of the maritime industry to another


Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. 


This qualification provides the opportunity to progress to further learning or more senior positions including that of bosun or senior rating (deck or engine room) on super yachts and other vessels that require limited certification.

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Qualification structure

Group award code: GC7W 54
Ofqual qualification code: 603/4892/6

The Level 2 Certificate in Maritime Studies: Engine Room Rating consists of eight mandatory units (credit value 27).

Please refer to the qualification structure (82 KB) for more information.

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How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit specification gives detailed information on the assessment criteria, assessment (evidence) requirements and guidance on instruments of assessment for the unit.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what the learner has completed at work. This can be gathered through observation, professional discussion, witness testimony or supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed through the assessor observing the learner demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard and comply with current legislation and company procedures.

The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the tasks and can complete them within the given timescales and specifications.

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