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STCW Deck and Engine Officer Courses, Leadership & Trainer, Assessment & Examinations, and Other Related Courses for Seafarers

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The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended in 1995 and 2010, sets the standards of competence for seafarers worldwide. All training programs and assessments provided in connection with an STCW certificate need to comply with STCW standards and must be approved by the respective national maritime administration. These regulations apply to training given to seafarers both on board and ashore.

Educational and training institutions issue their own certificates for their courses and the programs offered must comply with STCW standards. They need authorization from respective national maritime administration to run the course and award certificates. Under STCW 2010 amendment, there are stronger controls for the approval of training institutions and administrations should maintain a register of approved providers, courses and programs accessible by companies and other parties. For foreign flags, it is required check with their administrations to see if these certificates are valid and certified under their applicable regulations.

Training and certification of seafarers is an ongoing process and every seafarer should check if their certificates are valid for the contract they enter into. There are prescribed curriculum developed by IMO in collaboration with FAO and ILO and member governments which emphasizes all amended regulations from time to time. Following are some of the courses for seagoing personnel as prescribed by IMO and these courses are incorporated by approved training institutions in their seafarer training programs.

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Seafarer Courses

  • Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer: This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in table A-III/2 of STCW Code for the function Marine Engineering at the Management Level, for the function Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering at the Management Level, for the function Maintenance and Repair at the Management Level and the background knowledge to support Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Management Level.
  • Electro-Technical Engineer: This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in table A-III/6 of STCW Code for the function Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering at the Operational Level, for the function Maintenance and Repair at the Operational Level and the background knowledge to support Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Operational Level.
  • Master and Chief Mate: This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in table A-II/2 of STCW Code for the function Navigation at the Management Level, for the function Cargo Handling and Stowage at the Management Level and the background knowledge to support controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level.
  • Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW): This course comprises three functions at the operational level. On successful completion of the training and assessment trainees should be competent to carry out safely the watchkeeping duties of an officer in charge of a navigational watch, both at sea and in port. In particular, they will be fully conversant with the basic principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch as per STCW regulation VIII/2 and STCW Code Chapter VIII.
  • Officer In Charge of an Engineering Watch (OICEW): This model course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in table A-III/1 of STCW Code for the function Marine Engineering, Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering, Maintenance and Repair and Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Operational Level.

Other Related Courses

  • Maritime English: There are two sections in the model course for Maritime English: core section 1 and core section 2, each of which contains a separate syllabus. This system allows trainees to enter the course at a point which suits their level of knowledge of English. Core section 1 is intended to prepare trainees for entry to core section 2. However, it is possible for trainees to enter directly to core section 2 without following core section 1, provided that they can satisfy the entry requirements.
  • Leadership and Teamwork: This course is intended to provide a person with the knowledge, skill and understanding of leadership and teamwork at the operational level on board a ship. The course is designed to meet STCW requirements for the application of leadership and team working skills, in accordance with the 2010 Manila Amendments, specifically as stated in table A-II/1, A-III/1 and A-III/6, Function: Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level.
  • Training Course for Instructors: This course is designed to facilitate the delivery of training in the competence standards required by the STCW Convention. It will also provide a sound basis for the delivery of other training programs.

Assessment Courses

  • Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers: The objectives of this two-volume course are to provide knowledge and skills for trainees to administer, supervise and monitor training and assessment of seafarer competence in accordance with the provisions of section A-I/6 of the STCW Code. It includes introductory classroom instruction on the assessment, examination and certification of seafarers (in particular masters, mates, chief engineers and engineer officers), covering the international provisions for training, assessment, examination and certification of masters, officers and ratings; the implementation of these provisions under national law; the selection of assessment methodologies; the organization of assessments; and the issue and control of certificates.
  • On-Board Assessment: This course is intended for masters, chief mates, chief engineer officers, second engineer officers and other persons involved in assessing the level of competence of seafarers undergoing training on board ships, in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention and Code.

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