National Cadet Programme

SAIMI is managing the National Cadet Programme (NCP), which is currently funded by the National Skills Fund.

The NCP funding covers the practical training phases required for a Deck or Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency, as Regulated and Administrated by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), upon final completion of all statutory requirements.

The practical training phases include the following-

i. Minimum 12 months seatime as part of an accelerated training programme, as accredited by SAMSA according to the STCW Convention, as amended

ii. SAMSA accredited STCW basic-, advanced- and ancillary courses as required under the STCW Convention, as amended (This includes Simulation Training)

iii. SAMSA accredited Practical Workshop Skills Training – required by Marine Engineer Officers

Entry requirements into the NCP-

i. Pass all academic requirements / theoretical components of the Deck or Marine Engineer Officer programme, from a SAMSA accredited training institution.

Current training institutions accredited by SAMSA that offer these programmes:
• Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town
• Durban University of Technology (DUT), Durban
• Sea Safety Training Group (SSTG), Cape Town

ii. Pass a SAMSA medical examination; i.e. obtain a ‘Fit for Duty’ medical certificate, issued by a SAMSA accredited Medical Practitioner

iii. Pass a SAMSA eyesight test, administered by SAMSA

iv. Other:
• Meet the Shipowners’ selection criteria (this may include Predictive Indexing and/or Ability Profiling Assessments)
• Shipowners may enforce an age limited to new entrant cadets, 18 to 25 years

Upon successful completion of all statutory requirements, cadets will undergo the final Level 3 Assessment, which entails an Oral Examination by SAMSA Examiners. Successfully passing this assessment will lead to Graduates obtaining a Certificate of Competency (COC) as either a Deck Officer, or Marine Engineer Officer.

These SAMSA issued COCs are in accordance with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Convention on the Standards, Training and Certification of Watchkeeping Officers (STCW) and is thus Internationally recognised.

These qualifications are also SAQA registered on the National Qualifications Framework in South Africa.

For any queries relating to the NCP, please email