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STCW Basic Safety Training Course Descriptions, Eligibility, Validity and Other Details for Seafarers
STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) or STCW Basic Training (BT) is required for seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on board ship at all levels such as deck and engine room rating qualifications, for most navigation, and all engineering certificates of competency. The course is for new entrants to the larger ships in the marine industry, or experienced mariners who have not had previous safety training, with the knowledge and skills to contain, report, and respond to a marine emergency, fight fires, abandon ship and understand the basics of workplace safety.
The STCW Basic Safety Training course is also the legal minimum requirement for anyone looking for commercial work aboard vessels over 24 meters, including Superyachts and Cruise ships. For receiving a certificate of Basic Safety Training, the delegate must not younger than 18 years, and meet the standard of competence for certificates of Basic Safety Training set out in various STCW sections. Participants will be assessed against the learning outcomes by using direct observation and oral and/or written questions as appropriate.
After successful completion of the Basic Training, certification will be valid for 5 years. With the implementation of the STCW 2010, delegates must provide evidence of having the competencies by completing refresher training every 5 years, as described in the STCW Code 1978, as amended. This certificate is also colloquially known as STCW Card by new aspirants in the United States.
Basic Safety Training or Basic Training is for new entrants to the larger ships in the marine industry, or experienced mariners who have not had previous safety training
Basic Safety Training (BST) Training Courses
- Personal Survival Techniques PST (Practical Training): This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for seafarers for familiarization, basic safety training and instruction in accordance with STCW Code. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in personal survival techniques, a trainee will be able to survive at sea in the event of ship abandonment.
- Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting (Practical Training): This course aims to provide the training for candidates in fire prevention and fighting in accordance with the STCW Code. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in fire prevention and fire fighting, a trainee will be competent to take appropriate measures for the safety of personnel and of the ship and to use fire appliances correctly. The trainee will also have knowledge of fire prevention.
- Elementary First Aid (Theory & Practical): This course aims to provide the training for candidates to provide elementary first aid on board ship, in accordance with the STCW Code. On meeting the minimum standard of competence in elementary first aid, a trainee will be competent to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or medical emergency until the arrival of a person with medical first aid skills or the person in charge of medical care on board.
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities PSST (Classroom Training): This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for seafarers for familiarization, basic safety training and instruction in accordance with the STCW Code. This course will give new seafarers an insight into the various elements of a ship and working procedures on board so that they adjust to the shipboard environment, and are better prepared to cope with any unforeseen circumstances. A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to - comply with emergency procedures, take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment, observe safe working practices, understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard, and contribute to effective human relationships on board ship.
- Duration: 4-6 days (each course can be taken individually as well)
- Eligibility: 18 years and meets the basic competency as per the rules
- Validity: 5 years
- Refresher: Every 5 years
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER STCW 2010
STCW Basic Safety Training / STCW Basic Training
- For Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR) following topics will be added: Communications, Control of Fatigue, Teamwork, and marine environmental awareness
- Refresher Training may take the form of e-learning, shipboard drills and training or shore based training
- Basic Safety Training will require refresher training every five years