Boat Master Engineer

Level 2

The Profession

Coming soon. The Boat Master/Engineer program trains you to be a crew member, a boat master, and a boat engineer. As a crew member, you will work mainly on charter boats, and your main task would be to make sure the customers have a nice and safe boat trip. As a boat master, you would have obtained a license to sail or drive a small vessel without passengers. You can also assist on larger vessels or vessels with passengers. As a boat engineer, you would have learned all about boat engines, and you would be able to maintain them, check them using a checklist, and perform simple repair tasks.

Course:Boat Master Engineer
Duration:2 years
Study load:3200 hours
Times:Morning | Afternoon | Evening
Age:From 16 years old | Adults
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Level of professional practice


As a basic professional, you will receive instructions from your supervisor, and during the course of your employment at this level, you will be required to regularly report to your supervisor. You will also work in a team with colleagues. Though you are expected to perform your own tasks, you should also know when to request help or refer a client to a colleague.


It refers to work with limited complexity in which automated routines and standard procedures are applied. Part of this work is carried out by the Boat Master/Boat Engineer from under the guidance of a supervisor.
Skills you will learn
Some of the skills you will learn in this program include responding to emergencies at sea, controlling the operation of a ship and caring for persons on board.
Job requirements
  • Accuracy
  • Resourcefulness
  • Flexibility
  • Self-reliance
  • A helpful attitude
  • Result-oriented work attitude
  • Affinity with boats and the sea
  • An analytical and conceptual intellect
  • Oral and written command of English
  • Ability to function in as a team member
Career opportunities
Simply put, a boat master commands vessels in water and is responsible for the safe transportation of people. As a boat master/boat engineer, you will be expected to work independently under the guidance of a supervisor, carrying out various tasks related to crew member, boat handling, and maritime engineering. Some of the places a boat master or boat engineer can find work include harbors, docks, marinas, shipyards, and charter boat organizations.
Course practical training
This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.
Level 2 schedule
Year 2Classes + Internship
Classes + Internship
Year 1Classes + Internship
Level 2 info

Level of program:

Level 2 Basic Professional.

Transitional options:

NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next. This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year. Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.
There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates. In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 2 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 3 course.


This course requires a PSVE PBL or SBO level 1 diploma. If you have no diploma, you will undergo an assessment.

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NIPA Hospitality Assistant
level 1

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
NIPA course
maritime, level 1
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

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