Engine Room Courses

MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC1) and Two Day Engineroom Watchkeeping


5 Days


£720 (Funding Available)

35 Hour MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC1)

This five-day course forms part of the Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket. Choosing the five-day rather than two-day Engine Course and the Navigation and Watchkeeping Courses means that your Skippers Ticket will allow you to fish beyond 20nm from a safe haven.

Course Certification and Compliance

The Seafish Industry Authority on behalf of the MCA will issue a course certificate to those who complete the course successfully.

Course Aim

The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic theoretical knowledge and some practical hands-on experience of diesel engines to enable them to meet the requirements of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice for the Safety of Large Commercial Sailing & Motor Vessels, the Safety of Small Commercial Motor Vessels and the Safety of Small Workboats & Pilot Boats.

This short course does not attempt to make diesel engineers from the course participants but should enable students to carry out regular servicing and be more aware of possible faults developing before they become major problems.

Course Content:

  • Compression Ignition Engine
  • Cycle of Operation and Constructional Details
  • The Fuel System
  • The Role of Air in the Combustion Process
  • The Cooling System
  • The Lubrication System
  • Engine Electrical Systems
  • Power Transmission
  • Hull Fittings

Examination Type

Candidates must complete a short, multiple choice exam and a practical session

To apply for your place or find out more:


2 Days (Online)



Two-Day Engine Room Watchkeeping Course

This qualification is currently offered through Seafood Cornwall Training as an online course.

Candidates can access the Seafish Online Training Material either at home via the internet or at Seafood Cornwall Training and complete the final test online at Seafood Cornwall Training.

There is a £25 fee for invigilating the exam. 

Course Aim

It is important that anyone going to sea on a vessel understands the basic engineering principles.

This course introduces the principles of vessel engineering with a focus towards the engineering requirements associated with vessels of 16.5m and under.

The course content includes:

  • 4 stroke diesel engine theory
  • Fuel & air systems
  • Turbo charging
  • Exhaust & cooling systems
  • Vessel operations & safety
  • Maintenance
  • Tools & equipment

How to Enrol in this Online Course

You can enrol on to the two-day Engine Room Watchkeeping Course on the Seafish Training Website www.seafishonlinetraining.co.uk

To find out more:

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