How To Get An STCW Certificate?
STCW TRAINING COURSE
This course is now compulsory for any person who wants to work out a sea. Many years ago, the cruise company’s allowed training onboard, but now things have changed over the years. It was beneficial because it would cost you nothing as the cruise ship company wouldn’t charge as it was part of the employment. When you signed on the first day, you would go through a series of training and eventually have your STCW 95 completed onboard. Today it must be done before going on board and is compulsory.
STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’.In 1978 STCW came into force. It’s a standardised training around the world for anyone wanting to work out at sea, whether it is commercial ships or Superyachts. If you are seeking employment on a ferry, commercial ship, superyacht or cruise ship, you are required to have an STCW Basic Safety Training Course Certificate.
Before you can be signed on as crew on any vessel, you’ll need to obtained the STCW 95 Certificate. It is required to work on any commercial vessel at sea (Superyachts, Cruise Ships, Offshore vessels)
The STCW Course Covers
This course targets to provide the education for newcomers to provide personal survival strategies on board, according to section A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code.
This syllabus covers the requirements of the STCW convention VI, segment A – VI/1, A-VI/1-1. On meeting the minimum standards of competence in personal survival techniques, a learner will have the understanding and talents to work inside a shipboard team. He or she will be able to recognise the primary instructions and be sufficiently aware of his or her roles to contribute to survival. This path is designed to equip the itinerant first-time seafarer with the essential competencies and understanding to fit into the safety systems of the vessel and company. They will be sufficiently familiar with these structures and also will be aware of where to get admission to additional statistics to expand this necessary know-how
To survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment.
Safety and Survival, Emergency Situations, Survival Crafts and Rescue Boats, Personal Life Saving Appliances, Survival at Sea, Emergency Radio Equipment, Helicopter Operations, Apply first aid to survivors
ABET Literacy, Medically fit for sea
The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a crew member on-board.
How Long Does It Take To Complete The Course?
It does vary across different training institutes but on average it would take around 5 days. Some spread it out more to be around 9 days. It is all dependent on the institution and their training methods. Also, it could be full days from 8 am to 4 pm or they would sometimes do half days. Make sure to check with your training institute and find one that best suits your needs.
How Long Is A STCW Certification Valid For?
Where Can I Get My STCW Training?
Address: 48 Hannah Rd, Congela, Durban, 4001, South Africa Phone: +27 31 302 7650
MARITIME SAFETY TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD
Address: SACG House, 1 Kempenfelt Rd, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa Phone: +27 21 510 6068 Our Courses | Maritime Safety Training and Development
2 OCEANS MARITIME ACADEMY
Address: Mainstream Centre, Unit 11 A , The Passageway, Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa Phone: +27 21 790 2442
How Much Does The STCW Cost?
This course varies in price range dependant on the training institution you attend. Most likely, the course will cost from an average of R7,000 to R9,000. Also, it depends on what’s in your package deal. Some offer accommodation and food while others only provide the course programme. All the cruise liner’s nowadays don’t reimburse for this course. You have to pay for this course yourself and expect not to get any money back from the company which has hired you.