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ECDIS Basics Training Course

Acquire the knowledge in general navigation with an objective to impart practical hands-on knowledge about the most common features and functionality of ECDIS with ECDIS Basics online course.


The ECDIS Basics course is available for purchase here.

This is the first training course created for officers who are looking for an easy-to-follow supplement or refresher to the IMO generic course (IMO Model Course 1.27) and anyone requiring knowledge of the general features of ECDIS.

ECDIS has become an essential tool for every watchkeeping officer, who must, in turn, develop a sound knowledge of its limitations and possibilities, including its strengths and weaknesses.

ECDIS is a highly complex and sophisticated system, which has been developed over several decades. Besides navigational functions, ECDIS includes components of a computer-based information system, delivering a real-time display of the navigator‘s ship position with reference to the surrounding sea area.

The training course is based on the book „ECDIS Basics“, written by Professor Ralph Becker-Heins and provides an
interactive and intuitive means to acquire this knowledge online.

Course Structure:

  •         The ECDIS mindset
  •          ECDIS overview
  •          International and national requirements
  •          Chart operations
  •          Basic ECDIS functions
  •          Route handling
  •          Sensors
  •          Alerts management
  •          Recommended reading
Objectives of the Course:
  •          Familiarity with the most common features and functionalities of ECDIS
  •          Understand the navigational functions of ECDIS
  •          Assess relevant information
  •          Develop an ECDIS mindset


We recommend the usage of wired internet connection. Please note that connection via mobile internet is also possible, however, it is considered highly unstable and might cause failure of your exam.

Supported Internet Browsers:



Internet Explorer



Operating Systems:

Windows 8 and later

MacOS 10.12 Siera and later

Apple iOS 11 and later

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