Babugaya  Maritime Training Institute – Bishoftu


1. Maritime Education, Training and Certification
1.1 Educational system
General education in Ethiopia includes two main stages, primary (grades 1 to 8) and secondary (grades 9 to 12); children start primary education at the age of seven. Secondary education includes two cycles, general secondary (grades 9 to 10) and preparatory secondary (grades 11 to 12). Those successfully completing the first cycle (general secondary) are awarded an Ethiopian General School Leaving Certificate Examination, while those successfully completing the second cycle (preparatory secondary) are awarded an Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate. Technical and vocational education lasting three years programmes are also available for those completing the first cycle of secondary education.
Holders of an Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Certificate may apply for admission to higher education. The degree programme structures consist of four-years bachelor degree in most academics, five-years Bsc degree in Engineering, two-years post graduate in master’s degree and three years Phd degree.
1.2 Maritime Education and Training (MET) Institutions and Programmes
Two MET institutions are accredited to conduct maritime education and training in Ethiopia:
■ The Ethiopian Maritime Academy – a higher education institution providing postgraduate bridging courses leading to certification as officer at operational level for the engine department. It also provides ancillary training courses under chapters V and VI of the STCW Convention;
■ The Babogaya Maritime and Logistics Training Academy , which is the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise Training Centre – providing qualification courses for certification as rating and ancillary training under Chapter VI of the STCW Convention.

1.2.1 Ethiopian Maritime Academy
Located in Bahir Dar, the Ethiopian Maritime Academy is established as a Faculty under the Bahir Dar University through a public-private partnership established between the University and the Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute S.C., a member company of the YCF Group registered in the United States of America. The Academy offers two postgraduate programmes to holders of Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Those successfully completing the programmes may apply for certification as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (OEW) and Electro-technical Officer (ETO). Quality Management – Regulation I/8
The Ethiopian Maritime Academy implemented a Quality Management System (QMS), which was certified in August 2015 by the American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations against the ISO 9001:2008 standards. The system is upgraded and certified on July 2017.

1.2.2 Babugaya Maritime and Logistics Academy(BMLA)
It was established by the national carrier for training ratings in 2008. BMLA is serving as an academy for new entrants and upgrading ratings to able body deck and Engine seafarers by conducting basic trainings and watch keeping ratings as per the STCW Code. It has got approval of Manila courses from EMAA and conducting the new Manila courses. EMAA examiners conduct Able body seafarer candidates’ oral exams passing the exam entitle AB COC.
BMLA has a quality management system (BPR-BSC), quality manuals, training manuals, centralized written exam center and it carries out internal audits.
The entry requirement for rating is technical vocational training (TVT) level two fro deck and level three diploma or certificates for Engine dept, seafarer medical certificate and English language test. The background criminal record is also checked at EMAA before a new seafarer is issued with new Seaman Book.
BMLA is on the process of upgrading itself to logistics and near coastal officers’ academy.