Onboard Competency Assessment

The Nautical Institute's Onboard Competency Assessment Course has been designed to provide industry guidance on competency assessment. This course is primarily intended for any person conducting in-service assessment of competence of a seafarer on board.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Captains and Senior ship Officers
  • Technical and Marine Superintendents
  • Designated Persons Ashore (DPA)
  • Operations Managers
  • Consultants

Aims and Objectives

This course introduces the processes and procedures to organize, administer and conduct onboard assessment of seafarer competence.

A trainee successful in completing the course will be able to:

1. Apply the international provisions concerning the training and assessment of officers and ratings on board ships.
2. Apply the international provisions in the context of national law.
3. Determine effective assessment methodologies.
4. Organize, administer and conduct onboard assessment.

Major Topics

• Shipboard assessment system
• Competence-based assessment
• Onboard assessment process

The candidates at the end of the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion 
following a theoretical assessment and achieving a minimum of 60%.

Meet your instructors

Captain Michael Rydén AFNI
Captain Michael Rydén AFNI

Short course instructor

Captain Michael Rydén AFNI has over 25 years' experience at sea and ashore. A certified lead auditor and navigation assessor, he has conducted over 500 audits, inspections and assessments including leading on incident investigations.
Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI
Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI

Short course instructor

Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI is a Nautical Institute Fellow who specialises in maritime education and training. Captain Butalia has years of experience as an onboard assessor, has an MSc in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University, Malmö. He designs and develops safety modules and training programmes based on need analysis to enhance skills and efficiency.


This course was formerly known as the Assessing Behavioural Competence Onboard course.