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NABP1004 On board training I

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The course is based on 4 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 I is the first of four on board training courses, and the practical training is mainly directed towards familiarization, the organization on board and work assignments. This will be linked with the perspectives from courses in the fall semester, and will form the basis for working with the following courses.

The course consist of the following parts:

Safety training: The students must complete several safety courses in order to do the cadet training on board a ship. See Compulsory learning activities for an overview of courses. All courses are completed in the 1st semester.

Start: About the course. Preparations for the on board training is carried out in the end of the fall semester, in order for the students to be ready for departure when the spring semester starts. We will go through information, training focus areas and Webcadet, and individual agreements for on board training are made.

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 their vessel
  • knows the organization on board and the different crewmembers work tasks and areas of responsibility
  • has broad knowledge of the safety organization on board and the individual's responsibilities during an emergency situation
  • knows the terminology used on board


The student

  • Can determine the vessel's postion by navigational aids
  • can use radar, ARPA and ECDIS to maintain safe navigation
  • can maintain a safe navigational watch
  • can collaborate with the crew on board
  • can reflect on own practice and adjust in accordance with feedback
  • can find, assess and refer to academic knowledge and relevant results from research and development
  • can safely and correctly handle and use relevant equipment
  • can practice correct work techniques
  • can work systematically and adapt the working tempo to the assigned tasks
  • can collaborate well with others on board, both on deck and in the engine, and shows respect for others


The student

  • Has achieved the competence goals 1.3 and 3.8 and the competence criterias 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.1.7, 1.1.8 and 1.1.10 in Webcadet
  • can organize and lead own work
  • can communicate relevant academic content as theories, problems and solutions in writing and orally
  • can disseminate views and share experiences with others within the area in writing and orally

Entry requirements

Approved simulator exercises in NAB1026 Navigation I

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

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:

- Completed and approved course in STCW Basic Safety Training

- Completed and approved course in STCW Crowd and Crisis Management Training

- For students with onboard training on passenger vessels: Completed and approved course in STCW Crowd Management & Passenger Safety

- 100 % attendance at onboard training preparation lectures

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

- Completed competence goals 1.3 and 1.8 including all related competence criteria in Webcadet.

- Completed competence criterias 1.1.3, 1.1.6, 1.1.7, 1.1.8 and 1.1.10 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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