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NABP4002 On board training IV

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

The course is based on 5 weeks on board a ship. During this period, the student is mustered as student, but the sailing time will count when applying for deck officer license.

On board, the student will work in an international environment. In some vessels, the student may work together with one or several Norwegians, while other vessels will have full international crews. This depends om which vessels are available for students' cadet training. This means that the student has to communicate in English, which is the working language on board many ships. The student must relate to and collaborate with colleagues having various nationalities and cultural backgrounds, and must be aware of how to communicate and interact. Some vessels will operate mainly in national waters, while other vessels will operate mainly in international waters and ports.

On board training IV is the final on board training course, and the practical training concludes the STCW regulated content of the study program. During the on board training, the students will work with final issues related to the functions navigation, cargo handling and stowage, and controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board. This will be linked with the perspectives from the previous courses in the study program, and will form the basis for working with the bachelor thesis and relevant elective courses in the final semester of the program.

The course consist of the following parts:

Start: About the course. Preparations for the on board training is carried out in the start of the fall semester, in order for the students to be ready for departure late fall in the 7th semester.

On board training: The on board training is carried out on board an assigned vessel. Date of departure and return may vary, but all students stay on board for four weeks. The responsible training officer on board will follow up on the student together with the administrative and academically responsible persons from HVL. Working days on board is 12 hrs Monday to Friday and 8 hrs Saturday and Sunday, giving a total working week 76 hours. The student follows the shift arrangements on board. In addition to relevant tasks assigned by the ship's crew, the student works with Webcadet tasks while on board.

Completion: The on board training is completed by a gathering where all students share their experiences, reflections and perspectives with their fellow students.

Learning Outcome


The student

  • has broad knowledge of how pollution of the marine environment can be prevented and limited
  • has broad knowledge of relevant IMO conventions on safety for humans and environment
  • has broad knowledge of leadership and teamwork
  • knows the principles for effective resource management
  • has broad knowledge of methods of desicion making


The student

  • can respond to emergency signals and suggest correct actions
  • can ensure that the requrements for pollution prevention are fulfilled
  • can monitor compliance with regulations to ensure safety of life at sea and protection of the marine environment
  • can apply task and workload management
  • understands principles and procedures for management and training of on board personnel
  • can effectively manage resources by using relevant tools, techiques and forms of expression
  • can make desicions based on professional knowledge, relevant information and knowledge of results from research and development
  • can reflect on own practice and adjust in accordance with feedback


The student

  • has achieved the competence goals 1.6, 3.1, 3.6 and 3.7 in Webcadet
  • can relate practical experiences from the on board training to theory
  • can plan and execute tasks alone and together with others in line with etichal standards and regulations
  • can organize and lead own work
  • has insight in relevant professional and work ethic issues related to navigation, ship technology, leadership and safety
  • can communicate relevant academic content as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally in Norwegian and English
  • can disseminate views and share experiences with others within the area in writing and orally
  • knows of new thinking and innovation processes within the maritime industry

Entry requirements

NABP1012 Meteorology and Oceanography, NABP2004 Vessel management - ship construction, NABP2005 On Board training II, NABP3001 On Board training III, NABP3002 Vessel management - hydrostatic, NABP3003 Maritime law, NABP3004 Vessel management - cargo handling and modul 1 (medical treatment) in NABP3005 Health, working environment and safety.

Valid medical certificate without restrictions in accordance with FOR-2014-06-05-805 Forskrift om helseundersøkelse av arbeidstakere på norske skip og flyttbare innretninger

Valid passport

Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

The on board training course is mainly carried out on board a vessel.

The teaching and learning forms are based on student activity, and the student is to a great extent responsible for adapting the necessary knowledge.

Central elements in the course are participation in preparation lectures for the onboard training, practical training, e-learning, self studies and participation in final gathering.

Compulsory learning activities

The following compulsory learning activities must be approved to be able to do the onboard training:

- 100 % attendance at onboard training preparation lectures

The following compulsory learning activities must be carried out during the onboard training period:

- Completed competence goals 1.6, 3.1, 3.6 and 3.7 including all related competence criteria in Webcadet.


On board training is assessed to passed / not passed after a final evaluation of the students' achievements in the practical training period.

To pass on board training the students has to achieve the learning outcomes and fulfill the attendance requirements.

Examination support material

All aids allowed

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Course reductions

  • NAB3039 - Integrert praksis - Reduction: 4 studypoints