A STCW Basic Safety Training course provides all required elements of STCW Basic Safety Training delivered in both theoretical and practical modules, each training element will be assessed by qualified assessors to meet the competence requirements of the STCW code.
STCW Basic Safety Training is mandatory safety training for personnel in any capacity on board a ship. STCW training is recognised as an international standard by most countries in the world. Learn more about the details of an STCW course and find out if the training applies to you.
STCW stands for Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. It is a convention dating back to 1978. Until 1978 there was no international standard for seafarer's safety training, so STCW was a milestone in sea safety when it was implemented worldwide in 1984.
Before beginning any job on a ship, an STCW course is in most cases mandatory. The basic training focuses on equipping seafarers with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and skills to perform the role as seafarer effectively and safely.
During the course, students will attain and demonstrate to a level of competence the requirements in personal survival techniques, fire prevention and firefighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities.
This course is aimed at seagoing personnel in any capacity on board with designated safety or pollution prevention duties in the operation of the ship.
Before commencing the training students must have a valid seafarer medical certificate issued by an approved medical practitioner and seaman card/identity document.
During five days the following topics are covered in detail:
After earning the certificate, you have to take a refresher STCW course within five years.
This course is also called an STCW revalidation course. It is a course for seagoing personnel who already are STCW certified. During the course, students will refresh their skills in personal survival techniques, fire prevention, and firefighting.
The STCW Basic Training Refresher goes into more details in the subjects also covered in STW1. The STCW course subjects are:
The refresher training is a two-day course, and the student attains a new certificate with a validity of five years.
All students must have a valid seafarer medical certificate issued by an approved medical practitioner, seaman card/identity document and show evidence of attending STCW Basic Training.
Since the introduction of STCW in 1978, several amendments have been made to the first convention. The amendments in 2010 address new technological advances and adds more education for the delegates. Read more about the amendments here.
You can find and book STCW courses online. An STCW course is a mix of theory and practice, so you need to attend physical training and get hands-on experience with the equipment to get the certificate.
In the UK, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, RelyOn Nutec offers refresher STCW courses on all levels.
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