Offshore Marine Training

The commercial maritime industry is growing significantly and with that growth there is genuine need for quality training. Falmouth Training Solutions offers that “Quality in training” through our very experienced instructors and facilities that are available to us.

Falmouth Training Solutions are at the fore front of training in the South West. We were the first provider to run all elements required for the STCW Basic Safety Training Courses that are delivered in Cornwall. Theses are the minimum requirement for any seafarer working within a commercial role.

Falmouth Training Solutions runs alongside its sister companies, Falmouth Powerboat School and Falmouth School of Sailing. Falmouth School of Sailing is an established company with a well respected reputation throughout the maritime industry in Falmouth, delivering training in all areas, running shorebased courses from Workplace First Aid to Yachtmaster Theory. We are a highly respected deliverer of powerboating courses, offering training through the entire syllabus available up to commercial levels. We are fully registered with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Through our instructors’ operational backgrounds and personal experience, we are able to deliver relevant  current training for our candidates. Their experience is second to none and not easily replicated elsewhere. We are committed to offering a quality that not only the MCA as a governing body is happy with but one that the customer and student will be more than satisfied with. This has lead us to become the preferred provider of this training for many company’s and government organisation.

STCW Training (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers)

The Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015, implement the requirements of the International Convention and Code on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as amended (referred to in this MSN as the ‘STCW Convention’ and ‘STCW Code’ respectively), including the provisions prescribing the minimum requirements for emergency occupational safety, medical care, survival and security functions.

STCW Training certificates are a requirement for all crew on commercial vessels over 24 metres. This includes pursers, waiters, entertainment staff, cooks, stewards, hairdressers, nail technicians and receptionists, massage and beauty therapists, fitness instructors, dancers, physicians, acupuncturists, etc.

The international convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (otherwise known as STCW) sets the international legal minimum standards for those working at sea. It ensures that a mariner meets a set of specific safety requirements. Whether you are a Captain, officer, watchkeeper or crew you must all complete differing levels of MCA/STCW training.

Overseen by The International Maritime Organisation (IMO), STCW was originally ratified in 1978 but major amendments were agreed in 1995 (STCW ’95).

The next major revisions to the STCW Convention were subsequently adopted by IMO in Manila in June 2010 to ensure that the necessary global standards are in place to train and certify seafarers to operate technologically advanced ships.

Known as ‘The Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code’, these amendments came into force on 1 January 2012, with the STCW 2010 training and certification. As of the 1 January 2017, all seafarers are required to undertake additional training in compliance with these Manila Amendments.

STCW Training (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers)

The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new training requirements. Between 1 July 2013 and 1 January 2017 (as appropriate), all seafarers will be required to undertake additional training in compliance with these Manila Amendments and hold the requisite certification:

  • Officer of the Watch candidates (unlimited or yachts) will be required to complete a three day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
  • Chief Mate candidates (unlimited or yachts) will be required to complete a five day Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level) course, if they are applying for their Certificate of Competency after 31 August 2013.
  • From 1 January 2014, mandatory security training is required for all crew (as appropriate), including Maritime Security Awareness, Security Familiarisation Training (conducted on board the vessel), Proficiency in Designated Security Duties and Proficiency as Ship Security Officer.

5 Year Refresher Training

New updating training course requirements are also being introduced for all STCW certificate holders to comply with STCW 2010 requirements. The following courses are subject to updated training:

Under the new regulations, updated proficiency training for the above courses has to be undertaken every five years. Seafarers revalidating their UK Certificate of Competency after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed MCA approved updated proficiency training with the last five years. For more information about updated training see the MCA’s MSN 1865(M) and MIN 535.

New Entrants to the Industry

Under STCW, all new entrants to the maritime industries are required to complete an STCW Basic Safety Training Week before joining a vessel.

The STCW Basic Safety Training Course includes:

Updated training also know as Refresher Courses

5 Year Refresher Training

New updating training course requirements are also being introduced for all STCW certificate holders to comply with STCW 2010 requirements. The following courses are subject to updated training:

The STCW Basic Safety Refresher Training Course (BSTC-R) includes:

Under the new regulations, updated proficiency training for the above courses has to be undertaken every five years. Seafarers revalidating their UK Certificate of Competency after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed MCA approved updated proficiency training with the last five years. For more information about updated training see the MCA’s MSN 1865(M) and MIN 535.