The Nautical Institute as launched a new distance learning program for new masters.
The Command Diploma Scheme is intended for those about to take command as well as those who have just done so. At its core are the subjects that existing and aspiring Masters have identified as areas of concern – onboard leadership and management, navigation and ship handling, ship’s commercial business and coping with emergencies.
The Command Diploma Scheme provides a practical way for aspiring officers to prepare themselves for the responsibilities and realities of command at sea, says the Institute. It comprises a program of self-directed learning, with challenging practical assignments plus a final essay and interview, all designed to take the candidate far beyond the minimum requirements of STCW.
Candidates benefit from having their work assessed by experienced mariners, all of whom are senior members of The Nautical Institute.
Award of the Nautical Institute Command Diploma offers a way for new Masters both to build their confidence and to distinguish themselves from their colleagues. In today’s highly competitive and challenging work environment, there is a significant advantage to having independent verification of readiness to serve successfully as Master.
David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, said: “Assuming command of a ship is a huge responsibility. You become responsible for the lives of your crew, the ship, your cargo, the commercial success of your company and of course the environment. The Nautical Institute’s Command Diploma Scheme is a culmination of many experienced Masters’ knowledge brought together to help the Master-to-be prepare as best possible for this ultimate challenge.”
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