Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW)


International, National laws and regulations require the licence qualification of “Engineer Officer of the Watch” (EOOW) for all those who serve as sea-going Engineer Officers on ships.

The qualification has International recognition and is highly regarded by employers of shipping organisations. It is also an asset for those wishing, after some sea experience, to work shore-side and assume executive and managerial responsibilities.

This training programme is designed to offer the required specialised knowledge, skills and competence to prepare prospective officers to successfully pass the required EOOW licence examinations.

Programme overview

The programme includes academic lectures and practical training in specialised workshops, as well as on-board training on ships. This latter training period on-board ships is subsidised by the Government of Cyprus (for Cypriot Nationals, conditions apply).

Both the course under-pinning knowledge and the associated practical workshop training are based on the requirements of the Model Courses of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The programme is approved and accredited by the Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) of Cyprus.

The programme is administrated and supported by the Department of Maritime Transport and Commerce (Limassol) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Nicosia) of Frederick University.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • The programme builds on students’ existing engineering knowledge with the aim to equip them with the more specialised knowledge and competence needed for the EOOW professional qualification, as well as the practical experience to work as engineers in the maritime industry ashore.
  • The programme aims to equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge on operational principles of Marine Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, Naval Architecture and Ship Construction.
  • Following completion of the programme and sea-going training the student should be prepared for the final oral examination towards the EOOW Certificate of Competency (CoC).