ECDIS - General Operator's Course

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Course participants who successfully complete this course will have sufficient knowledge, skill and understanding of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) navigation and electronic charts to undertake the duties of a navigational watch officer defined by STCW Code, as amended.


The course is designed for holders of AMSA-issued Certificates of Competency as Deck Officers or hold an equivalent certificate.


This AMSA approved course is based on the IMO Model Course 1.27 and ful ls the formal training requirements of STCW Regs II/1 and II/2, and contains:

  • Purpose of ECDIS.
  • Watchkeeping with ECDIS.
  • Electronic Navigational Chart updating.
  • ECDIS system maintenance and back-up.
  • ECDIS route planning and monitoring.
  • ECDIS targets, charts and systems.
  • ECDIS responsibility and assessment.

The course is delivered on Furuno Norge TECDIS system. Course participants will then be awarded an ECDIS Type Specific Familiarisation Certifcate for TECDIS.

Career Opportunities/Pathways

This course will enable participants, upon successful completion, to apply to AMSA, or their appropriate ag stage, for an ECDIS endorsement on the Deck Officer Certificate of Competency.

Course Pre-requisites

Participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age to attend course.

It is assumes that trainees undertaking this course have accomplished some formal instruction in Terrestrial Navigation, have as a minimum some familiarisation with visual navigation, have accomplished a period of supervised bridge watch-keeping duties, and have prior completion of basic Radar/ARPA (MC 1.07). Trainees should also have considerable familiarisation with personal computing operating systems, keyboards and mice or trackballs.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their STCW certificate, or equivalent, with them for veri cation of identity and eligibility.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This course requires the ability to read and interpret typical operator manuals, procedures and industry guidance as provided to navigators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms. Numeracy is required to complete navigation related calculations.

All training and assessment activities will be conducted in English.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

The course includes written tests and practical simulator observations. All participants will be assessed on performance and understanding using assessment tools aligned to the IMO Model Course 1.27 and STCW, as applicable. All assessments are carried out at the Centre.

To qualify for completion of the course participants must attend 100% of the course. Additionally, a minimum score of 70% is required to pass the assessments.

An AMSA approved certificate will be issued to course participants upon successful completion of the course.

Course Duration

5 Days

  • Day 1 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Day 5 - 8:00am to 2:00pm
  • Day 2 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Day 4 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 12 participants

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go to our Training Management Portal .

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at or on request from Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre staff.