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This book is designed to mentor, train and test the seafarer on all ECDIS aspects from basic safety knowledge to an expert level. It is an ideal solution to log your journey, career development and experience as digital navigation continues to evolve. This record book supersedes ‘ECDIS Record of Training and Familiarisation’ (2016) and ‘ECDIS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Log’ (2014).

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Career progression is at the heart of all professional seafarers. We strive to be the very best. Technology is not slowing down, and since the first generation of ECDIS in the 1977 we have seen a dramatic increase in equipment performance and capability. We are now at the fifth generation of ECDIS with S-100 a reality, not a future dream. The challenge is to remain the master of the equipment and not allow it to drive our standards. To do this, we must understand every element of how it works. Any seafarer using ECDIS, from a newly qualified OOW to an experienced Master, needs to keep up with this evolution. Continual professional development allows the seafarer to build on their foundation knowledge and remain at the top of their game.



Foreword by UK Chamber of Shipping


About ECDIS Ltd


Record of ECDIS Training and Experience

Table 1 Practical Experience of ECDIS at Sea

Table 2 Record of Generic ECDIS Training

Table 3 Record of Type-Specific ECDIS Training

Table 4 Record of Onboard ECDIS Familiarisation Training

Table 5 Advanced and Other ECDIS Courses

Table 6 ECDIS Computer-Based Training (CBT)


IMO 1.27 ECDIS Exams


Recap on Principles of ECDIS

ECDIS Legal Compliance

Understanding the Display

Sensors, Alarms and Redundancy



Questions on ECDIS that are known to have been asked during STCW

Competency Exams or during onboard audits


OOW Examination Level

Mates/Masters Examination Level

PSC/Audit Inspection Top Questions

PSC/Audit Competency Assurance Demonstrations

Flag/Class and Superintendent Audit Checks


Onboard ECDIS Familiarisation Training

New Joiner ECDIS SMS Checklist

Full Equipment and ECDIS Operator Approval Checklist

IHO ECDIS Publication checklist

S-52 Chart Symbology Test

At Sea, Navigator Led Team Training


Multiple Choice and Consolidation Test

Log of Onboard Competency in ECDIS

Menu Structure and Functions


System Configuration

Chart Loading, Installation and Updating

Chart Settings and Display Setup

Safety Settings

Route Planning

User Map and Manual Updates

Route Monitoring

Alarms and Warnings



This record book supersedes ‘ECDIS Record of Training and Familiarisation’ (2016) and ‘ECDIS Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Log’ (2014).


This record book has two purposes.

  • It is your definitive career record of ECDIS qualifications and experience.

  • It will guide you through all your career exams on ECDIS including promotional assessment, STCW exams, oral exams and ship inspections.


With over 30 ECDIS systems on the market you will work on different ECDIS systems at various stages of your career and it is likely that you will need to operate multiple software versions from the same manufacturer. On board ship you will need to record experience and qualifications as part of your documentary evidence of ECDIS use and refresh yourself with these systems in the future.


To use this book correctly it is vital that you record for every type specific make and model you work with and where possible keep a copy of your qualification inside this book. Before attending any navigation training courses, exams, or inspections ensure you review the appropriate section within this book.


In the future you may be asked to provide evidence of your experience. This is often when being interviewed to join a new company/ship, as part of a promotion process or during ship inspections. Therefore, keeping this record book up to date and ready for presentation is of importance for your career.


Documenting your ECDIS related experience and certification in addition to taking the time to learn and complete the self assessment tests in this record book will contribute towards creating a comprehensive record of your ECDIS experience, ECDIS qualifications and continued professional development.

Witherby Publishing Group is a specialist publisher of training, reference and regulatory materials, providing the finest books and publications to the shipping, insurance and energy industries.


Based in Edinburgh, Witherbys is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing houses. With a portfolio of over 600 specialist titles, Witherbys also publish under the Seamanship International and Witherby Insurance imprints. Witherbys books and guidance material are exported to more than 110 countries.


The UK Chamber of Shipping is the trade association and voice of the UK shipping industry. We work with Government, parliament, international organisations and others to champion and protect the industry on behalf of our members.


It is our mission to deliver for our members trusted specialist expertise, lobbying and influence at a UK level on maritime issues across national, European and international government and governmental bodies. By combining the strength of our members with this expertise we will advance the competitive strength of the industry ensuring that the UK remains as a leader in the global maritime business.


With a growing membership of 180 member companies throughout the UK, made up of shipowners, professional organisations and service companies, we do not just seek to raise awareness of shipping; we work to create an understanding of it, ensuring that member companies’ commercial objectives are at the heart of the government process.


The UK is a global centre for maritime business and our location here, in a stable and business orientated democracy, provides unique access to a range of international bodies and influencers at a global level.

Title: ECDIS CPD (eBook)
Subtitle: A personal record of qualifications, service and training including preparation for ECDIS exams
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 110
Product Code: WS1732EA
Published Date: October 2019
Binding Format: Hardback

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