ECDIS Training Course

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ECDIS Training Course

Code No: 2000

Guided Learning Hours: 18 hours


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 intended 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.
  • ACandidates will have completed part of the content of the IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27 (2012 edition)
  • AOnce 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


  • ATwelve modules
  • ATests after each module and a final test
  • AGlossary and list of abbreviations
  • ARelevant IMO and IHO Conventions
  • AList of websites of Flag States
  • AFive case studies
  • AFull 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.

On successful completion of the course, Videotel will issue a certificate.*
* For an up to date list of Flag State Approvals, please refer to Videotel website as

Approved by:
International Registries INC,