The Department of Navigation offers two separate programs to certify students as either Skippers or Masters of Navigation.
NAVIGARE NECESSE EST, VIVERE NON EST NECESSE.
"To navigate is necessary, to live is not”.Those were the commanding orders by Roman military leader Pompey the Great, when defending Rome from invasion.
To the Faroese these words are easily met with sympathy, which is attributed to our long sailing traditions challenging the sea. The Faroes have always been a seafaring nation, a tradition which is set to continue.
In the late 19th century nautical schools were established in different parts of the country. Throughout the early 20thcentury, all of the Faroe Islands’ nautical schools were privately funded; some closed rather suddenly while others were able to continue despite a marked lack of resources. The tuition was divided into monthly instalments of 20 DKK. The first school was established by Jens Mohr in Tórshavn. The teaching most likely took place in Mohr’s private household. It had two entry ways, and one must have led to the classroom.
The Department of Navigation offers two separate programs to certify students as either Skippers or Masters of Navigation. The separate sets of admission requirements for these programs are listed below.
Program duration: 1½ years.
Admission requirements for Master of Navigation program:
Program duration: 1½ years (3 years including requisite Skipper program).
Copies of the following documents must accompany all application forms:
The discharge book
Hearing and vision exam (passed)
Primary and lower secondary school diplomas
These admission requirements should not to be mistaken for those needed to receive a trade license. For more information, click here.