July 20, 2020


A variety of options exist for training in South Africa. Institutions providing education range from universities offering tuition for degrees; academies and schools of education and training for seafarers.

Apart from the qualifications required to be an officer at sea or a qualified rating, seafarers also need to complete a number of safety related training courses before they work on a ship. These include:

• First Aid at Sea.
• Marine Fire Fighting.
• Security Awareness.
• Personal Survival Techniques.

Other requirements for boarding a ship include:

• Seafarer Medical.
• Letter of employment from the shipping company.
• A Seaman’s Book.             

Institutions offering certificates, diplomas and degrees:




 Bachelor of Nautical Science

 Cape Peninsula University of Technology


 Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies

 University of KwaZulu Natal

 Post graduate Diploma

 Advanced Diploma in  Marine Engineering

 Durban University of Technology

Advanced Diploma

Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Marine Engineering

 Nelson Mandela University

First Degree

Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies

Nelson Mandela University

Post graduate Diploma

Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Maritime Studies

University of Stellenbosch

Honours Degree

Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies

University of KwaZulu Natal

Master’s Degree

Master of Philosophy in Maritime Studies

Nelson Mandela University

Master’s Degree

This information is provided as a reference only. SAIMI does not guarantee the accuracy nor the accreditation credentials of the institutions. It is still the learners responsibility to engage directly with the relevant institution to obtain the required information.

SAIMI will update this information as and when it becomes aware of any changes. Institutions and Training providers are welcome to send updates to us for inclusion on our website, subject to verification thereof.