STCW Training

STCW 95 Basic Training

The 1978 STCW convention governs maritime training and certification worldwide and clearly sets out the training requirements for seafarers at every level.

The convention was updated in 1995 and again in 2010 (The Manila Amendments). The latest amendments mean that you now need to keep some of your qualifications updated. The updating training, which needs to be completed every 5 years, may be done in house or on board for certain courses, but for others it means re-taking the course. All of our STCW courses meet the initial and updating requirements where appropriate.

STCW Basic Safety  & Security Training

Before going to sea you must have a certain level of basic safety training whether or not you are directly involved in the running of the ship. The courses required are;

Additionally, if you are serving on a vessel governed by the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, you will need

Unless you have any kind of role in the security of the ship, in which case you need

  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

It should be noted that many vessels opt to voluntarily follow the ISPS code, particularly superyachts.

Advanced STCW Safety Training

For higher level certificates you need additional qualifications. The available courses aremedical care

  • STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats – Needs Updating
  • STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats – Needs Updating
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical Care – Needs Updating
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting – Needs Updating

Bridge Operations

The STCW convention also states that if you are involved in watchkeeping in any capacity, that you should have one or more of the following management and navigation certificates;helm o

Updating Training

The following STCW Courses need to be updated. If you work for a company with in-house training facilities, some of your updating training can be on board and can be self-certified. The company can then provide you with a shorter course as per the table below. The table also contains links to the self-certification forms where applicable.

If you do not fall into this category, you simply re-take the whole course at an approved training centre.

STCW Proficiency On-board Training Course length to attend Self Declaration Form
Personal Survival Techniques Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex B
No Full PST Course
Survival Craft and Rescue boats Yes 3 Hours MSN 1865 Annex C
No 7 Hours
Fast Rescue Boats Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex D
No 7 Hours
Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting Not Applicable 7 Hours Not Applicable
Advanced Fire Fighting Yes 4 Hours MSN 1865 Annex E
No 7 Hours
Proficiency in Medical Care Not Applicable 3 Days Not Applicable

Refund & Course Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation of 10 working days or more (Mon-Fri inclusive) will incur a full refund where we have received cleared funds or, at our earliest opportunity when funds have not cleared. Candidates may transfer bookings before 10 working days at no cost.

Cancellation less than 7 working days will incur a 50% administration fee.

Non attendance without the production of a signed Doctors note of authority will result in full forfeiture of any fees paid. Candidates may transfer bookings to an identical course with no penalty on a one time only basis.

Our course start times are promulgated and WMT withholds the right to refuse entry to course anybody who arrives unduly late or we know or suspect is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or any other substance deemed detrimental to the safety of the individual or others, or where such a case arises during a course. In such a case full forfeiture of any fees paid will apply.

Although we will endeavour to assist you, it is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that all pre requisite certification, documentation and/or identification is held by the candidate and can be provided before we undertake training or issue certification. Candidates unable to provide this information will not be able to start/complete any training and no refund will be made.

Where WMT is required to cancel a course for whatever reason, we will notify you on your contact number or email as given to us. We will leave a message where appropriate. We will not give further telephone notifications. Any costs incurred by the candidate for travelling etc to cancelled courses will not be reimbursed by WMT.

Where WMT cancels a course, we will offer the candidate a new training date and/or venue. Where this is not acceptable or possible, a full refund will be made to the person, company or body that made the original payment.

Refunds that have been made by card will only be assigned back to the card of issuance. Payments by cash or cheque will be refunded by cheque to the payee.

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