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ECDIS Training Course


There is no question that the implementation of ECDIS as the primary means of navigation will place great pressure on the maritime industry, due to complex training and ISM compliance issues.
With the help of the IMO, Videotel have updated their original ECDIS course to follow the new STCW Manila amendments and the 2012 IMO Model Course 1.27. This course will provide a sound mind-set and understanding of the principles of the ECDIS system and how it should be used to facilitate navigational planning.

Who the course is designed for

This course is in tended for all deck officers as part of their mandatory ECDIS training

Course Pre-requisites

Deck officer training at initial level. Familiarity with computer based bridge equipment

Course Objectives

  • Learn about the legislative background of ECDIS
  • Know the capabilities and functionality of ECDIS
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of ENCs and RNCs
  • Learn how to operate ECDIS for route planning and route monitoring
  • Know how to analyse and interpret information from ECDIS
  • Be confident in operating and managing chart licenses and operational procedures
  • Fulfil part of the STCW Manila Amendments requirements for ECDIS training

Course outcomes

  • Candidates will understand the principles of ECDIS, the fundamentals of ECDIS capability and operation and will know how to use the system for route planning and monitoring. They will also know the limitations of ECDIS and the dangers of over-reliance.
  • Candidates will have completed part of the content of the IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27 (2012 edition)
  • Once this part of the training has been completed successfully, candidates can progress to an ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) centre for simulator training and then to type-specific training.

There are 12 modules:

  • MODULE 1 Introduction
  • MODULE 2 Functionality Requirements
  • MODULE 3 Carriage and Training Requirements
  • MODULE 4 Chart Data
  • MODULE 5 Charts and Licensing
  • MODULE 6 Sensor Configuration and Management
  • MODULE 7 Own Ship Settings
  • MODULE 8 Route Planning
  • MODULE 9 Route Monitoring
  • MODULE 10 Own Chart Entries and Overlays
  • MODULE 11 Alarms, Indications and Warnings
  • MODULE 12 The ECDIS Mindset


  • Twelve modules
  • Tests after each module and a final test
  • Glossary and list of abbreviations
  • Relevant IMO and IHO Conventions
  • List of websites of Flag States
  • Five case studies
  • Full contents overleaf

Regulations addressed

STCW Tables A-II/1 - A-II/3, SOLAS Chapter 9, Reg 3

Course duration

It is estimated that 18 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) are required to complete this course. GLHs include the time needed to follow the programme on the computer, plus time needed for additional reading and research as well as the time needed to complete the assessments.

Mode of delivery

The course is delivered in a modular form, as a self-paced, interactive CBT (Computer Based Training). Simple instructions are provided to the candidates to guide them through the course. The CBT contains English text and narration, short video sequences, graphics and interactive elements.


A candidate who would like to gain a certificate must first enrol with Videotel. The candidate will need to submit all the necessary documentation and meet the minimum criteria in assessment. Make sure that you contact Videotel at the outset to find out the enrolment and certification process by e-mail to courses@videotel.com


For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com