Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)

About this course

The aim of the course is to train bridge watchkeeping officers and other interested personnel in the safe and efficient use of ECDIS. The course meets the guidance of IMO Model Course 1.27, the operational use of ECDIS, for generic ECDIS training and is also approved by Transas for type-specific training on the Navi Sailor 4000 ECDIS.

Training takes place over five days in the ECDIS training suite at the Warsash campus and concentrates on the safe and efficient use of ECDIS at sea in a variety of conditions, from ocean passages to pilotages. The essential legal and theoretical background to the use and carriage of ECDIS is covered in sufficient detail to allow students to use ECDIS correctly and safely.

Practical exercises using the desktop simulators reinforce the theory and provide an opportunity to develop and practice responses to emergency situations and use reversionary modes, including loss of GPS signal.

Students who successfully complete this course will be issued with a certificate for Generic ECDIS training (to IMO 1.27) and Transas Navi Sailor 4000 ECDIS Equipment training.

Online module

This course now includes unlimited access to an online module containing course notes, revision quizzes and lots of other useful information. View a demonstration version (you will need to create an account for the online learning system. Your details will not be used for marketing purposes). When you book a place on the ECDIS course, you will be sent access details for the full version of the online module.

Student testimonial

"A very professional course and very good lecturer. Excellent."


"The equipment was awesome, as well as the teacher. 100% satisfied."


"The online module, where we could see the class videos for each section with the slide show, followed up by the quiz, is a fantastic pre-course study!"


"The online course was an unbelievable help and allowed me to come into the course with a pre confidence. We need more of this!" 


"The online course notes, quizzes and ECDIS info were very good. Not only great through the course, but brilliant once away from Warsash and back on board ship. Great!"


"Course delivery was particularly good, my lecturer was excellent; very friendly and supportive.  So glad to attend the course at Warsash. A very well structured course which really improved my knowledge and experience for the use of ECDIS. The lecturer’s teaching manner is excellent."

NOTE: STCW 2010 ('Manila Amendments')

The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new requirements:

Chief Mate (Yachts, less than 3,000gt) candidates will be required to complete a five day Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) course, if they wish to use their Certificate of Competency on a yacht that uses ECDIS as a primary means of navigation.  If no ECDIS certificate is included with the application, the CoC will have the following limitation: "From 1 January 2017, this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS".

For further guidance on the new requirements please see our information sheet:

ECDIS Training Requirements

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 
Email: wma.training@solent.ac.uk

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email wma.training@solent.ac.uk.


Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Monday 24 September 2018 Yes £1195 Enquire
Monday 15 October 2018 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 5 November 2018 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 26 November 2018 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 17 December 2018 Yes £1195 Book
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Monday 4 February 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 25 February 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 18 March 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 8 April 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 20 May 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 10 June 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 1 July 2019 Yes £1195 Book
Monday 22 July 2019 Yes £1195 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 24 September 2018


5 Days






100% attendance, written and practical assessment.


Basic computer knowledge.

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