Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)

Study Level

Course Code



Lowestoft Campus


5 Days


This course is designed to meet the latest standards of the MCA for the issue of an Efficient Deck Hand certificate.

The course includes theoretical and practical training in all elements of seamanship including:

  • Rope and wire handling
  • Anchors and mooring techniques
  • Opening and closing cargo hatches
  • Cargo gear and rigging
  • Gangway and pilot ladders
  • Watchkeeping and other duties

To qualify for the issue of an AB certificate, a seafarer must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a Watch Rating Certificate
  • Hold an EDH certificate (or a VQ2 in Marine Vessel Operation)
  • Hold an MCA approved Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat other than fast rescue boats certificate (CPSC&RB)
  • Hold an ENG 1 or MCA accepted equivalent
  • Gain 12 months sea service in the deck department whilst holding an NWR certificate Regulation II/4 or whilst holding an EDH certificate
  • If you are working as a General Purpose (GP) Rating you must complete 18 months seagoing service, of which 6 months must be on deck duties.
  • Sea-service performed in a deck capacity on sea-going fishing vessels of more than 16.5m in registered length, Royal Naval ships or Mobile Offshore Units (MOU) will be counted in full but at least 6 months sea-service on merchant ships will be required for certification as an AB seaman. Seafarers with MOU sea service unable to complete the required 6 months on merchant ships will be issued with an AB certificate suitably endorsed with a limitation for use on MOUs. This limitation will be removed at a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Office on completion of 6 months sea service on merchant ships

Course dates:

  • 25 – 29 November 2019

How much will it cost?

£550.00 + VAT  (£660 inc VAT)


To book call +44(0)1502 525033, email
or download a booking form and return to the email address above

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  • Have 6+ months sea service in vessels of more than 15m. Sea service in category C and D waters will be accepted at full rate. Service in the deck department in High Speed Craft (HSC), tugs, dredgers, standby vessels, survey vessels, RN ships and fishing vessels of more than 16.5m registered length is also acceptable. Service in MOUs will be counted if serving as part of the deck crew.
  • Hold a Navigational Watch Rating Certificate or a Steering Certificate
  • Over 17 years of age


Assessment is continuous during the course, with a final practical and oral assessment on the last day.

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