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Michelle Ryan

Corporate Sales Manager

Failte Ireland

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  Michelle Ryan
Firstly it is very important that you get a third level education as this is a requirement in most hotels for a job in sales. This is the most important step in working in hotel sales. You should gain as much experience within the industry which I found very beneficial.

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E-Learning Navigation & Stability

Code:  C20220
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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The Navigation and Stability e-learning course run from the National Fisheries College Ireland, Greencastle introduces vessel operators to the basic principles of Navigation including chartwork, electronic navigation and best practices with regard to stability.

E-learning is a readily accepted means of delivering knowledge based learning direct into the learner’s home or workplace. With this type of learning, learners can acquire the qualifications required and allows them to achieve the qualification at their own pace from an environment they are most comfortable with. This type of course has considerable advantage for mature students and students with family commitments.

On successful completion of this course a QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) record of achievement is awarded. Accumulation of additional modular records of achievements can over time lead to a QQI certificate that is recognised throughout the European Union.

The six topics covered are; The Compass, Tides and Meteorology, Chartwork, Collision Avoidance, Electronic Navigation Aids and Fishing Vessel Stability. The course runs over a period of 15 weeks with two weeks between each course unit release. This provides ample time to study the course material between trips away.

A short assignment has to be completed at the end of each two week unit to ensure the learners are familiar with the topics covered; there is also a discussion board that learners are encouraged to use to interact with other learners and the tutor.

At the end of the 15 week course there is a supervised exam conducted at the National Fisheries College Ireland, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

For next course scheduled Contact on 074 9381068

Qualification: Completion of the QQI Module: Navigation and Stability (C20220)
Duration: 120 hours
Course cost: €200.00

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