The study programmes are divided in to five levels, each providing students the rights to work on board ships of different sizes and types.
- Certification levels A, B and C pertain to fishing vessels and certifications A and B specifically to vessel length.
- Certification D provides unlimited certification for all ships except coast guard ships.
- Certification E is for captains of coast guard ships.
On completing the study programme and fulfilling the requirements of on board training, service hours and safety education, students receive a certification for working as master on ships. The study curriculum also requires that students receive the relevant education and training for managing fisheries, both on land and at sea.
General upper secondary school rules of admission apply for the School of Navigation, with some exceptions. Students applying for enrolment in study programme A-Master on Fishing Vessels under 24 metres, must be 18 years of age at the time of their enrolment, these conditions only apply for the fast track programme A.
There are no special requirements when applying for certification on ships less than 12 meters registered length.