Entry Level Questions
You can take training starting with the age of 16. However, it might not be the case with the actual work on a boat. Employment on a boat is prohibited for any people under the age of 16.
Medical certification is not mandatory to take the training. However, you will need to have an ENG1 medical certificate once you apply for a job on a boat.
According to the Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention of 1995, all seafarers who want to work onboard commercial vessels and superyachts must complete mandatory Basic Safety Training. The training normally lasts 5.5 days and includes 5 modules: Elementary First Aid (EFA), Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR), Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA), Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention, and Personal Survival Techniques. Other training depends on your preferred career path. Depending on your role you can choose interior training, engineering course, yachtmaster course etc.
Yes. We issue certificates on the last day of training. Students receive their certificates provided they sat throughout the whole course and successfully completed their assessment. 100% attendance is mandatory; the assessment is continuous and done after each module of the course.
Certain STCW certificates, such as EFA and PSSR, should not have an expiry date on them, but some training schools still produce such ones. Technically, past the expiry date these certificates are no longer valid. In theory, expiration should not prevent the holder from taking a Refresher course. In practice though, expired STCW EFA and PSSR certificates (or STCW Basic Safety Training certificate if all modules listed on one) might pose a problem when dealing with port authorities, management and insurance companies, or flag states. In this case, the certificate holder is advised to consult with the captain or crew management if full STCW Basic Safety Training is required.
All holders of STCW Basic Safety Training are now required to take the STCW Refresher course every 5 years after the completion of Basic Safety Training. It is a 2-day training comprised of two modules – Updated Proficiency in Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (FF FP) and Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques (PST). The certificates issued upon completion of this course keep your whole STCW Basic Safety certification up-to-date.
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