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Onboard Assessment Course

The Nautical Institute's Onboard Assessment for Optimising Performance Course

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Type and Purpose
Based on the IMO Model Course 1.30, this 2.5 day course introduces the processes and procedures to organize, administer and conduct onboard assessment of seafarer competence, in accordance with the provisions of section A-1/6 of the STCW Code and TMSA 3 - Element 3.

The Nautical Institute's On-board Assessment for Optimising Performance Course has been designed to provide industry guidance for participants who engage in assessment of seafarers. This course is primarily intended for any person conducting in-service assessment of competence of a seafarer on board. These would usually comprise senior shipboard officers (management level), including ship officers who are due for promotion and career development, but may also be suitable for shipboard personnel at operational level or experienced shore-based instructors with sufficient onboard expertise.

Certificate Awarded: Certificate of Completion


The management and operational level deck and engine officers or experienced shore-based instructors with sufficient onboard expertise are eligible to attend the course. They should meet the standards set out in the STCW Convention, 1978, as amended.

The course is suitable for:

Captains and senior ship officers

Technical and marine superintendents

Designated persons ashore (DPA)

Operational ship managers



This is a Pass/Fail course. To achieve a Pass status participants must:

Complete a theoretical assessment (administered by the Nautical Institute) with a mark of at least 70%.

Demonstrate an ability to complete all required elements of practical assessment tasks, to the satisfaction of the instructor.

Course Aims:

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

• Preparation for the assessment

• Conduct pre-assessment briefing

• Observe performance and record the results

• Evaluate the process and determine the assessment outcome

• Assessment debrief

Duration: 2.5 days (20 hours)
Upcoming dates:
Date: 6-8 March 2019
The Nautical Institute, 202 Lambeth Road, London, SE1 7LQ, United Kingdom
Fees (+VAT): NI member: £1100 Non-member: £1250
If you are unable to find a course in a location of your choice, please email with your preferred location.

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