Book on one of our Upcoming Master 200 Prep Courses below. Future dates are available, please contact the office for details. 

SeaRegs offers a regular programme of preparation courses for Master 200/OOW 500 candidates at their Plymouth based classroom.

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 back up 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.


Plymouth Dates


Course Date Duration Price

Preparation Courses (5 days)

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. We cover Electronic Navigation, Radar, Watch-keeping, Navtex, Bridge Procedure, Masters Responsibility, Watch Handover, ColRegs Rule 19 Restricted Visibility, GMDSS, Bridge Control Failure, Pollution Prevention, Pollution Incidents, Garbage Management, Stability, CoSWP, Musters, Legal Obligation and Crew Agreements.

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

Plymouth Price: £995
London Price: £POA
5 Days 

Master 200/OOW 500 Mock Oral Exam (2hrs) – £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 an examiner. The mock oral examination consists of 1 1/2 hour examination and 30 minute debrief and action planning. If you have had a preparation course with us, we will endeavour to arrange the mock exam with a different instructor. 

Please contact us for availability and questions. 

Online Master 200/OOW 500 Mock Oral or Prep (2 or 4 hr sessions) 

This is a highly effective way to cram particular subjects or general subject area. We can use Skype or Zoom, so you will need an 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 mock oral exam. As 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. 

1x 2-hour session: £80
2x 2-hour sessions: £155
4x 2-hour sessions: £300
8x 2-hour sessions: £550 

Please note the above pricing is for online sessions only. If you’d like to come in for 1:1 tuition in the classroom, this is charged at £325 inc VAT for a full day, or £200 inc VAT for a half day.

Contact the office for details or to book sessions.


Dear Mr Jinks
Ref:- Master Unlimited MCA Exam 

Many thanks for providing me with a one/two day refresher course vis 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 utilise 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) 

The MCA Master (Code vessels 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 the flagged vessels if they hold a MCA certificate referencing STCW. It can be used by skippers on vessels up to 200GT or by an OOW on vessels to 500GT. The Master 200 has different operational levels; ‘limited’, allowing operations up to 150 miles or ‘unlimited’ for worldwide use. Holders of Yachtmaster Ocean with a GOC GMDSS certificate are classed as unlimited. 

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 covered in the RYA Yachtmaster training programme: Navigations, 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. 

  • RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence 
  • RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Shorebased Certificate
  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-3) 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)
  • GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC)
  • HELM Operational Certificate (Human Element Leadership and Management)
  • 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. 

We hope that you can find the information you require on these pages, if you have any further questions, or require advice, please call us.