The Indian Naval Hydrographic Department conducts courses for Hydrographic officers, sailors, technicians and civilians, both from India and abroad. The Long and Basic Hydrographic courses conducted by the National Institute of Hydrography, Goa have been recognised with Cat ‘A’ and ‘B’ certification in accordance with S-5A, First Edition, and version 1.0.2 – Jun 18 of the FIH/IHO/ICA International Board on standards of Competence for Hydrographers and Nautical Cartographers, in 2020.

The Cat ‘A’ and Cat ‘B’ courses offer the following specializations:-

Category ‘A’(a)Nautical Charting Hydrography 

Category ‘B’

(a)Nautical Charting Hydrography
(b)Military Hydrography

The National Institute of Hydrography, Goa has been designated as the Regional Hydrographic Training Center for Africa, Persian Gulf and South East Asian Region and has so far trained more than 800 trainees from friendly foreign countries.


Hydrographic   Officers   Courses 
– Long Hydrographic Course – Cat ‘A’55
– Basic Hydrographic Course – Cat ‘B’ 29
– ENC and Chart Production Workshop  at NHO, Dehradun 04

Sailors/  Technicians   Courses 
– Basic Qualification Course21
– Leading ‘Q’ Refresher Course13
– Petty Officer Qualification Course for Hydro sailors25
– Electronic Survey Equipment Orientation Course05

Civilian   Hydrographic   Courses 
– Advance Civilian Course04
– Basic Civilian Course06

The Long Hydrographic Course is also recognized by the Goa University for the award of Master’s Degree in Hydrographic Surveying.

ENC and Chart Production Workshop is being conducted at NHO, Dehradun for foreign officer under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) scheme.

The Petty Officer qualification course is recognized by Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) for the award of Diploma in Hydrographic Surveying.

​​For more information please visit the website of National Institute of Hydrography:-