Navigation Officers & Rating Courses

Officers in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW)

Did You Know?

The work is not easy. You have huge responsibilites on your shoulders. But nothing beats the pleasure of getting to see the sunrise and the sunset at sea. Those beautiful colors make you forget all worries. The sea is an enchantress. Sometimes it's calm, and at times it is ferocious. No wonder they say, only the best men go to sea!


An Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch is also referred to as a Deck Officer and is assigned with the duties of watch keeping and safe navigation of the ship. This program will prepare the learner for his/her Cadetship to obtain the sea service component and eventually qualify as a Deck Officer and sail as a third/second mate on a deep-sea vessel.

The OICNW-2 will be equivalent to a STCW endorsement for operational level officer of the deck department on an ocean-going merchant ship. The OICNW duties consist of but are not limited to the duties of a National Mate’s credential. OICNW is an STCW endorsement that applies to MMC Officer Endorsements with tonnage limitations greater than 200 tons (500 tons) or more and either a near coastal or ocean route.

The Program comprises of eight (8) individual courses with end of course assessments. Candidates must pass all eight course assessments to be eligible for the OICNW Endorsement by the USCG.

Course Topics:

  1. Q100- Rules of the Road: Inland and International
  2. Q111- Deck General
  3. Q112- Deck Safety
  4. Q113- Navigation General: Near Coastal
  5. Q114- Navigation General: Oceans
  6. Q115- Navigation Problems: Chart Plot
  7. Q116- Navigation Problems: Near Coastal
  8. Q117- Navigation Problems: Oceans
The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

Pending USCG Approval
  • Flexible course enrollment
  • Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
  • Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
  • USCG approved certificate of completion issued upon successful program completion and proctored exam at an ECMTS approved site.

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for candidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule.