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Landing Craft Officers' Qualifying Course (LCOQC)

Landing Craft Officers' Qualifying Course (LCOQC)

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Key information


To train Royal Marines (RM) Captains as: Boat Group Commander, Squadron Landing Craft Officer and Amphibious Warfare Staff Officer.

Course Details

  • Instruction on landing craft
  • Seamanship
  • Engineering
  • Ship husbandry
  • Rule of the road
  • Pilotage
  • Navigation
  • Signals
  • Craft handling
  • Surf Drills
  • Beach survey and Reconnaissance
  • Confirmatory reports
  • Amphibious operational planning, and landing craft order
  • Boat group drills and procedures
  • Craft employment


  • Junior Officers who have completed Young Officer (YO) training and have been a Troop Commander in a Commando Unit, or equivalent experience
  • Possess CP2 colour perception
  • Pass Basic Swim Test
  • Pass Royal Marines Fitness Test (RMFT)

Exams and Qualifications

Progress tests weeks 2, 4, 5, 8 and 10 plus final written and practical examinations covering:

  • Landing Craft (all aspects)
  • Signals
  • IRPCS - International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea
  • Navigation and Pilotage – Theory and Practical
  • A final consolidation exercise assessing practical application of all skills learned including the ability to act as Boat Group Commander and Boat
  • Group Sergeant of a range of landing craft within a complex tactical scenario
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Short Range Certificate
  • RYA Advance Powerboat Level 2
  • Coxswain Inflatable Raiding Craft and Offshore Raiding Craft

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