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 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 STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness course, Unless you have any kind of role in the security of the ship, in which case you need the STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties.

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

Please note the STCW fire training courses will be delivered by our partner organisation STCW Fire Ltd at the Kingskerswell site near Newton Abbot TQ12 5LF. STCW Fire Ltd will issue the relevant fire certifications.

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 every 5 years.
  • STCW Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats – Needs updating every 5 years.
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical Care – Needs updating every 5 years.
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting – Needs updating every 5 years.

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.

We offer the STCW Fire 5-year update training and you can update your sea survival qualification here.

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

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