**Next available course 11-15 May 2020 £650 – book online, view our other course dates or contact us for details**

MCA Master 200 – Officer Of the Watch OOW 500

SeaRegs offer a regular programme of preparation courses for Master 200/OOW 500 candidates at their Plymouth based classroom. A central location with easy road/train links to regional and London Airports, ensures overseas participants can easily reach the SeaRegs training base. Plymouth has plenty of reasonably priced accommodation options.

Training can be provided for groups at a venue to suit, in the UK and overseas.

For all candidates on our Master Preparation course; to backup the training pack and tuition in the classroom we provide a one stop shop of resources via a secure link on our website. Please contact the office if you’d like to be reminded of the password.

Preparation courses (5 days) – £650
We start the course looking at Business, Law and Regulation so that we have a solid foundation for the rest of the week. On the first night one of your homework tasks is to review the Master 200 syllabus and outline what areas you would like particular help on over the remaining days.

We then run through our own syllabus and yours to ensure that we get consistent coverage of the Master 200 syllabus. For a standard course we would expect to refresh chart work skills with a quick test to check your background knowledge. Cover Electronic Navigation, Radar, Watchkeeping, Navtex, Bridge procedure, Masters responsibility, Watch handover, ColRegs Rule 19 restricted visibility, GMDSS, Bridge control failure, Pollution prevention, Pollution incidents, Garbage management, Stability, Effects of stability, Codes of practice and LY code, CoSWP, Musters, Legal obligation, Salvage, Safe manning, hours of work and Crew agreements.

The Master 200 syllabus is pretty vast and we always suggest that you leave a slight gap between the prep course and exam in order to consolidate what you have learnt.

Dates Click here for a list of dates. We can offer a tailored service if our scheduled dates do not fit with you.

Master 200 / OOW 500 mock oral exam (2 hrs) – £80
If you would like a shot at a mock oral exam we offer a 2 hour session with one of our Instructors acting as examiner. The mock oral examination consists of 1 ½ hours examination and 30 minutes debrief and action planning. If you have had a preparation course with us we will endeavour to arrange the exam with a different instructor.

Often the mock oral exams will follow a Master 200 preparation course, but please contact us for availability if you require other timings.



Online Skype Master 200/OOW500 mock oral or prep – 2 or 4 hour sessions
This is a highly effective way to cram particular subjects or general subject areas. We use video skype connection, so you will need a stable internet connection. The system we use is fully interactive and previous students have given very positive feedback.

The system is fully tailored to subject areas that you would like to work on or we cover a mock oral exam. Because the training is tailored exactly to your needs, a lot of ground can be covered quite quickly, or we can spend more time on particular subject areas that you require.
2 hours £80 – 4 hours £155
8 x 2 hour sessions £550

Contact the office for details or to book a session

One of our first Skype prep students had this to say about it:

Dear Mr Jinks
Ref :-   Master Unlimited MCA exam

Many thanks for providing me with a one/two day refresher course via Skype directly to my home. The Skype method was absolutely perfect and covered the essential exam material I needed to refresh on. The material was also spot on as I was asked many of those questions in the exam.

I recommend your Skype method to anyone who is about to take their MCA exams for any discipline. I believe I was the first to utilize your method and I am glad I did, the fee was worth every penny.

Once again many thanks and I wish you many more Skype students in the future.

Best Wishes
John M  (Master Mariner)

What is the Master 200/OOW 500
The MCA Master (Code vessel less than 200GT) is very similar to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification but can be useful when operating from foreign ports when the port officials are more used to recognising MCA or Flag State qualifications. In some cases overseas administrations allow seafarers to operate other flagged vessels if they hold a MCA certificate referencing STCW. It can be used by skippers on vessels up to 200 Gt or by an OOW on vessels up to 500Gt. The Master 200 has different operational levels; ‘limited’, allowing operation up to 150 miles or ‘unlimited’ for worldwide use. Holders of Yachtmaster Offshore with a ROC GMDSS certificate are limited to 150 miles. Holders of Yachtmaster Ocean with a GOC GMDSS certificate are classed as unlimited.

Gaining the Master 200 The MCA Master 200 – OOW 500 is gained after successfully passing an oral examination with an MCA examiner. There is no set MCA or RYA preparation course for the Master 200 – OOW 500 oral exam. 50% of the MCA Master 200 oral exam syllabus includes items that are well covered in the RYA Yachtmaster training programme: Navigation, IRPCS, Meteorology, Chartwork etc.  The remaining 50% of syllabus items are rarely covered or encountered in normal RYA training: Business and law, MarPol, Stability, Bridge procedures etc.

Pre- requirements for Master 200/OOW 500 limited
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (Commercially Endorsed by the RYA)
RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Shorebased certificate
Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1) or non-STCW RYA Basic Sea Survival
Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (STCW A-VI/1-2)
Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3)
Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW A-VI/1-4)
A GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC)
HELM Operational Certificate (Human Element Leadership and Management)

Additional pre-requirements for Master 200/OOW 500 unlimited
RYA MCA Yachtmaster Ocean
RYA Shorebased Yachtmaster Ocean
GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC)

Candidates are required to complete a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and send it to the MCA. The MCA recommend that you allow at least 28 days to process the NoE. Oral examinations are conducted at MCA offices around the country and we can assist candidates to arrange the exams, especially in the Plymouth and Falmouth areas.

Useful references

MCA NoE  MCA Notice of Eligibility MSF 4343
MSN 1858 Details the Master 200 and higher qualifications – MSN 1858 was released in June 2015, replacing  MSN 1802