Marine Pilot

Marine Pilot

On a marine pilot apprenticeship course, you’ll help safely navigate vessels from sea to berth or berth to sea within the port’s jurisdiction.

A marine pilot is trained to utilise vessel navigation and communications equipment and engage with other boats and the port marine control centre to ensure safety. You’ll also learn how to make travel itineraries.

These include the vessel’s size, draught, and operating features, as well as tides, the marine environment and weather, and the need for tugs to assist in manoeuvring.

You’ll study about and be able to apply safe navigation, vessel management, environmental working practises, and international standards without putting yourself, the vessel, its crew, or the marine environment in danger.

You must be able to climb and descend a vertical rope ladder from and to a launch holding position alongside a moving vessel, typically in inclement weather. You must also be able to employ water survival tactics.

What you’ll learn

On a marine pilot apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Embark and depart from a vessel while it is in motion and alongside.
  • Examine the requirements for the piloted vessel.
  • Successfully collaborate with the bridge team.
  • Pass through the pilotage district with caution.
  • Resolve problems and deal with crises.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Pass the Civil Aviation Authority medical before you can take a course – the medical includes tests on your fitness, hearing and vision
  • Pass enhanced background checks
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of three distinct assessment methods: 

  • Written Exam 
  • Professional Discussion
  • Practical Assessment

Duration and level

  • Duration: 30 months
  • Level: 5 – Higher Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 5 Marine Pilot Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 2, 2022

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