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.

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

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?

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30 Marine Dr, Umhlanga, Durban, 4319, South Africa +27 (0)74 130 6295 or +27 (0)68 279 5458 [email protected]


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


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


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


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


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.



What Qualifications Are Included Within STCW?