How to get an STCW Certificate?


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.

What is STCW?

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.

Who needs an STCW?

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

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?

5 years


Where can I get my STCW training?


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


203, 17 Jamieson St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa+27 (0) 81 502 9791 Email:


Address: Mainstream Centre, Unit 11 A , The Passageway, Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa Phone: +27 21 790 2442


201 Buitenkloof Studios, 8 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa +27 (021) 425 7837 +27 (076) 854 3820 +27 (071) 688 6285


Address: 48 Hannah Rd, Congela, Durban, 4001, South Africa Phone: +27 31 302 7650

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.


What qualifications are included within STCW?

Personal Survival Techniques (A-VI/1-1)


Save me man in water

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 Jacket

Course Outline:
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.

Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2)

Fireman holding radio

The emphasis of this route is to provide sea-going personnel who’s properly trained in terms of the international requirements and Certification for Watchkeepers (STCW). The education programme, MARINE fire fighting and its emphasis are to make protection of Lives at Sea. (SOLAS).

The path is to provide the training for applicants in firefighting and prevention according to the requirements of the STCW Code, in keeping with the syllabus set out in table A-VI/1 – 2

At the end of this course, all newcomers have to be able to display competence in: Minimizing the chance of fire and maintain a country of readiness to respond to emergency situations concerning fire. fighting and extinguishing fires. On assembly the minimal standard of competence in fire prevention and firefighting, the learner will be able to take appropriate measures for the protection of personnel and of the vessel and to use fire appliances effectively and effectively.

This course was designed to fulfil the requirements of STCW segment VI/1 and is based totally at the suggestions of IMO model course 1.20.

Fireman holding hose

When you complete this training, you would have learnt the methods in which fires are brought about and the precautions to be taken to minimise the danger of fire on ships.

This course is designed for the training of all seafarers in any capacity wishing to pursue a career at sea. This getting to know the opportunity is designed in this type of way as to gain the Survival at Sea

Course outline:
Minimising the chance of fire, keeping a state of readiness to respond to emergency situations involving fire, combating and extinguishing a fire, Shipboard fire-fighting organization, region of fire-combating appliances and emergency break out routes, The factors of fire and explosions,types and sources of ignition, Flammable material, fire hazards and spread of fire, fire and smoke detection and automatic alarm systems, classification of fire and applicable extinguishing agents

ABET Literacy, Medically fit for sea

Maintain a state of readiness to reply to emergency conditions related to fires. Fight and extinguish fires the use of firefighting apparatus and appliances supplied onboard. Act as a member of a fire party, consisting of use of self-contained breathing apparatus

Written assessment & practical evaluation

fireman on hose

Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)

man with broken legAims
This course goals to provide the training for beginners to offer elementary first aid on board ship, following segment A-VI/1 of the STCW Code. It must also be understood that this course is most effective legitimate for seafarers who are going to work within the excellent Yachting enterprise (RYA) and the Cruise line industry, it isn’t legitimate in any other sector of the maritime industry.

This syllabus covers the necessities of the STCW convention chapter VI, phase A-VI/1, table A-VI/1-3. On meeting the minimal standard of competence in basic first aid, a learner will be competent to take quick action when encountering a medical accident and a medical emergency until the appearance of someone with scientific first aid abilities or someone in charge of hospital treatment on board.

This course was made to meet the requirements of STCW phase VI/1-3. It is open to all seafarers who are designated to offer essential first aid onboard ship. This course is valid for seafarers who are going to work on super Yachting industry (RYA) and the Cruise line industry

Take immediate action upon finding an accident or clinical emergency until the arrival of a person with clinical first aid abilities or a person in charge of hospital treatment onboard

Medical box


This course was designed for all seafarers who want to pursue a career at sea. To gain the simple processes in First aid on board a vessel.

Course Outline:
The immediate measures to be taken in case of an emergency, including the ability to control bleeding, Position causality, Apply resuscitation techniques, Appropriate measures of essential shock management, Measures in the event of burns and scalds, including accidents caused by electric current, Rescue and transport causality, Improvise bandages and use materials in an emergency kit.


Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (A-VI/1-4)

Personal safety

This version course aims to offer the training for beginners to provide private safety and social responsibility on board ship, according to segment A-VI/1-four of the STCW Code.

This course covers the requirements of the STCW conference chapter VI, segment A – VI/1, desk A-VI/1-4. On meeting the minimal standards of competence in personal safety and social obligation, a learner can have the know-how and capabilities to work to fit into the safety systems of the vessel and organisation. They’ll be sufficiently familiar with those systems and will also be aware of where to access additional records to develop this basic knowledge.


Entry standards

This course is designed to equip first-time seafarer with the vital skills and know-how to match into the protection systems of the vessel and company. they’ll be sufficiently familiar with those systems and also will be aware of wherein to access extra information to increase this fundamental expertise

Course certificates
When completing the course and demonstrating of competence, a record may be issued certifying that the holder has met the requirements of ability specified in desk A-VI/1-4 of the STCW Code.


This course was designed to meet the necessities of STCW segment VI/1 and is based totally at the guidelines of IMO version course 1.21.

Compliance with the Code of secure operating Practices and survive at sea within the event of delivering abandonment. Reduce the hazard of fire and maintain a state of readiness to respond to any emergency conditions on board a vessel.

This course is designed for the training of all seafarers in any ability wishing to pursue a career at sea. This learning opportunity is created in this kind of way as to gain the Survival at Sea abilities.

Course Outline:
Comply with Emergency Procedures, Must take all precautions to prevent pollution to the marine environment, Knowledge and observation of safe working practices, Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship, Contribute to effective communications onboard ship, Understand and take necessary actions to control fatigue

ABET Literacy,Medically fit for sea

Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/6-1)

Police arresting bad man

Aims and objectives
This course is designed for the itinerant first-time seafarer, in addition to skilled seafarers who have no longer been assigned exact security responsibilities on board ship. The necessary skills and know-how could be imparted to make them aware of the security systems implemented onboard a ship. they will be sufficiently acquainted with those structures and also will be made aware of wherein to get right of entry to additional information to increase this basic expertise.


this is a one-day presentation for the prospective seaman to comply with the necessities of STCW 78 as amended in 2010, Manila amendments annex A-VI/6-1

On completion of the course, the candidate can have the basic knowledge and the essential competencies in security awareness within a shipboard team. He or she can apprehend the basic commands and be sufficiently aware of his or her roles in order to contribute closer to protection awareness.

Camera room security

This course is meant to offer the expertise required for vessel personnel who are assigned particular security responsibilities in connection with a ship protection Plan to carry out their duties according with the requirements of the STCW Code A – VI / 6-2 and/or chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 s amended and/or the IMO ISPS Code.

those who effectively complete the course have to be capable of demonstrating sufficient knowledge to undertake the duties assigned below the SSP.

The expertise shall include, however not limited to:
know-how of cutting-edge safety threats and styles understand the detection of guns, dangerous substances and devices recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of traits and behavioural patterns of people who’re likely to threaten security techniques used to avoid security measures Crowd control and control strategies security associated communications information of emergency processes and contingency plans Operation of security system and structures testing, calibrating and at-sea maintenance of security system and structures Inspection, control and tracking strategies and methods of bodily searches of people, personal outcomes, baggage, shipment, and deliver shops


Entry standards
it is assumed that those attending this course will be serving seafarers (or different ship’s personnel) and are in all likelihood to be assigned unique security duties in reference to the ship safety Plan.

Course certificate
Documentary evidence must be issued to those who have efficiently finished this course indicating that the holder has completed training in, “Maritime security for delivering employees with unique security obligations” based totally in this course.

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