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.

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

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 written assessment and achieving a minimum of 70%.

Meet your instructors

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.



The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 120 countries.