STCW Training Courses

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 new STCW 2010 training and certification requirements being adopted from July 2013.

New Entrants to the Industry

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

The STCW Basic Safety Training Course includes:



If you are serving onboard a ship and are qualified in any of the following, you must, as of the 1st January 2017, have documentary evidence of either having completed the training course or updated your training within the last 5 years