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Training options to suit your lifestyle

Flexible Training Options

The National Maritime College is committed to providing a great learning experience. Our learning options are structured to help you study in ways which suit your circumstances and needs.

Trainer-led workshop learning

Also known as face-to-face learning, classes allow you to learn in a small group environment, with practical sessions and open discussions, all of which can be completed over a set time frame. Class sizes and duration will vary according to program, but usually small groups of 1-12 per class delivered over blocks of 1-2 week periods. Start and finish times vary depending on the course/program. You can expect busy full days of training usually running on a Monday-Sunday cycle. This is a great way for regional people to take advantage of classroom resources and to spend time with qualified maritime trainers.

Spend less time in the classroom

Our courses and programs often include an online theory or pre-course learning exercise which is delivered via our learning management system, NMC Online. Online delivery gives you the flexibility to fit your study around your existing commitments while still having the support of maritime experts no matter where you live. You can access course materials from your computer, smartphone or tablet.

How it works

Each course is facilitated by a dedicated online trainer who guides the learning process and provides learning support. Assessment activities are submitted and marked online.During your studies you will interact via discussion forums, message boards, blogs and video. You'll even be able to monitor your own progress with self-review quizzes and receive immediate results and feedback.

As an online student  you'll be provided with:

  • Access to all your study materials online 24/7 for the duration of your course.
  • One-on-one support if need it to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills.
  • Maritime specialist trainer, available to you via phone, email, Skype and virtual classroom sessions, so you are never on your own.

All you need is a computer or mobile device with internet access, and you're ready to go!

Practical assessment

Due to the practical hands-on nature of boat training if you opt for the online program, or the workshop learning method, practical on water assessment will be a key component of your training. Depending on the course/program your are undertaking practical can include day and night assessments. Practical sessions are scheduled in advance throughout the year at a range of different locations. Options include week day and weekend dates for students to choose from. Upcoming practical assessment dates and locations are published to the College eLearning system, NMC Online or on the website. 

At the National Maritime College we believe each student should be assessed individually to provide a more personal learning experience and to ensure effective assessment of practical skills. Practical sessions are conducted individually or in small groups of 3-6 depending on the course or program.

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