During the course the student will be updates with the knowledge in deck and department of the ship. Deck officer is navigation officer as the name suggests is in-charge of the navigation of the ship. That particular department is called deck department. The captain or the master of the ship is in charge of the ship. He is not responsible for the navigation of the vessel but also for the discipline on the ship and safety of passengers, crew and the cargo. He must ensure the observance of national and international codes of conduct guiding sea transportation. The captain of the ship is further assisted by first mate, second mate and third mate. They are responsible for the checking all mails and keeping the navigational equipment and chart in good condition and also assist in navigation watches at sea and cargo watches sat port. The candidates also under go to training in the course required under the standard of training certificate and watch keeping stcw-2010 convention. After completion training the course certificate will be issued by the academy approved by director general of shipping, ministry of surface and transport govt. of India. In addition to that candidates will be award With CDC (continuous discharge certificate).
A competent person can go to the level of Master(Captain) of a merchant navy after required sea time and passing various exams.