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STCW courses

Looking for an STCW course? At FMTC Safety you will find the training that fits your schedule. The STCW course from FMTC Safety always takes place, regardless of the size of the group. You can also cancel and move the course free of charge up to 24 hours in advance. Book your FMTC course here!

STCW Basic Courses

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STCW Basic Refresher Courses

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    What is STCW?

    STCW stands for the International Convention on Standards, Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. STCW describes the qualification standards set by the International Maritime Organization for all crewmembers of a seaworthy ship.

    What does the STCW Basic Safety Training Course consist of?

    The course consists of a multitude of modules, including personal safety and social responsibilities, personal survival techniques, fire fighting and providing First Aid.

    Can I take the modules separately?

    No, in the Netherlands you can only take the complete STCW Basic Safety Training. It’s not possible to take the modules seperately.

    How is the STCW Basic Safety Training course taught?

    The STCW Basic Safety Training consists of a theoretical and a practical part.

    What is the purpose of the STCW Basic Safety Training course?

    The Basic Safety Training course will allow delegates to understand the dangers and risks while being on board of a ship and how to act accordingly in emergency situations. The delegate will also learn how to save themselves, provide First Aid and fight fires. At succesful completion of the course, the delegate receives a STCW Basic Safety Training certificate.

    How long does the STCW certificate remain valid?

    The certificate is valid for 5 years. After that, the training must either be repeated or a refresher course must be taken.

    My STCW certificate is expired, what now?

    You will either have to take the STCW Basic Safety Training course again or attend a refresher course. Are you uncertain whether you can take the refresher course? Please contact us via info@fmtcsafety.com or call us on +31(0)85 – 130 74 61.

    Is STCW Basic Safety Training mandatory to work in the maritime industry?

    Yes, it is mandatory for every seafarer to have a STCW Basic Safety Training certificate in order to work on board of a ship.

    At what times does training take place?

    The training starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be finished at approximately 4:00 p.m.

    Is food provided for by FMTC or should I bring this myself?

    Lunch is provided by FMTC. You can choose from freshly made sandwiches, snacks, soup and fruit. Tea and coffee are also available.

    What do I need to bring to this course?

    You will need a valid maritime medical certificate. If you have a Personal Safety Logbook and/or Seaman book, you must bring them in order to have them updated. The required safety materials will be provided by FMTC.

    Note that you will be notified of all required materials in the confirmation e-mail, which you will receive after booking the course.

    In which language is this course taught?

    All of our courses are taught in English.

    On which date is this course available for booking?

    All the green dates on the calendar on the course page are available. This is a real-time display of the available dates.

    At what time should I book a flight back?

    We advise you to book your flight 2 hours after the end of the course, at a minimum.

    Do I need a physical examination for this course?

    STCW courses require a maritime medical examination.

    How do I book a physical examination?

    When a physical examination is required, this can be noted on the same booking form. If the course has already been booked, you can send an e-mail to info@fmtcsafety.com or call us on +31(0)85 – 130 74 61 so we can help you further.

    When will I have my physical examination if I booked this through FMTC?

    After the booking, you will receive a confirmation. In the meantime, a request will be sent to the doctor. The doctor will plan the physical examination. On the following work day at the latest, you will receive the confirmation of your appointment with date, time and location.

    How can I book a hotel?

    When you also want to book a hotel, this can be indicated on the booking form. If the course has already been booked, you can send an e-mail to info@fmtcsafety.com or call us on +31(0)85 – 130 74 61 so we can help you further.

    What is an STCW course?

    Traditionally, the shipping industry is a strongly global-oriented sector. Because of this international character, global and uniform regulations are essential, in order to ensure the safety and health of all employees on board a ship. In that context responsible training and appropriate certification are of great importance. In order to guarantee the quality and proper content of these courses, a regulatory framework (STCW) for shipping has been created, which has been approved fairly, effectively and universally and is implemented accordingly.

    The IMO or the International Maritime Organization is the global standard-setting authority, and is responsible for the regulatory framework of the STCW courses.

    Why follow an STCW course at FMTC Safety?

    The STCW courses from FMTC Safety are fully certified. We are also extremely flexible, allowing you to schedule your training when it suits you best. And do you know our courses don’t get cancelled when the group is small or if you’re alone? Up to 24 hours before the FMTC Safety training you can also cancel or reschedule free of charge. That is the service FMTC Safety offers you. Book an STCW course on this page now!

    History of the STCW courses

    The established guidelines are defined in the international convention Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for seafarers. The first STCW Convention was drawn up in 1978. The main aim of the convention is to apply one international standard when it comes to shipping, with regard to the certification and superficion of seafarers on board a ship. Before 1978 this was the responsibility of each individual government. Naturally, this involved differences in procedures and standards within shipping. Since the STCW of 1978, major changes were made to the STCW Convention in 1995 and 2010. The youngest, formal adjustments are known as the so-called 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. Developments in the field of international law, security and technology, are mainly the cause of this. The adjustments have impact on both substantive and procedural aspects of several trainings and certifications. the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention were implemented on 1 January 2012. In the Netherlands, the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention officially entered into force on May 3, 2014. From that date, all STCW courses and trainings must meet the new guidelines.

    The ministry of Infrastructuur, Living environment and Transportation

    The guidelines from the STCW Convention have been drafted internationally, but the monitoring and supervision of this still belongs to the individual authorities. The (Dutch) government is therefore responsible for monitoring and supervising the providers of maritime courses. In the Netherlands, this is done by the ministry of Infrastructuur, Living environment and Transportation, or ILT.

    To be able to offer certified seafarers courses in the Netherlands, a maritime training provider must first be certified by the ILT. The ministry of Infrastructuur, Living environment and Transportation translates the guidelines from the international convention Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) into regulations and guidelines for maritime courses. Based on these regulations and guidelines, the ILT assesses the maritime courses and course providers. Of course, the STCW courses from FMTC Safety are IlT certified. Book your STCW course now!

    STCW courses

    FMTC Safety is certified for various STCW training courses, including the STCW Basic Safety Training. To be able to work in the maritime sector, you must have at least the STCW Basic Safety Training in your possession. This basic training is about basic safety of various disciplines.

    The disciplines during the Basic Safety Training STCW are:

    • Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques: learn about survival techniques at sea
    • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting: learn about fire fighting
    • Elementary First Aid: learn about first aid and resuscitation
    • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities: learn about personal safety and responsibility

    On the maritime courses overview you can also find the STCW Advanced Fire Fighting. This course examines the fire hazard and the fight against fires on a ship. We also offer other courses like the STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft, the Security Awareness course and the Proficiency in Fast Rescue. Book your STCW course directly at the top of this page!

    More STCW certified courses

    FMTC Safety also offers the Medical First Aid (formerly: limited health care or SGZ-B) and Medical Care (formerly SGZ-O) according to the new guidelines. In addition, we offer the possibility to follow both courses as a combination course. You then follow both courses in succession within a period of one week.

    Repeating the STCW course

    All STCW courses must be repeated every 5 years, this is then a refresher course. This keeps all the teaching material up-to-date and the participant kan further develop his or her skills. STCW refresher courses are also offered in combinations that save time and money. Do you want to know which combinations are possible? Click here to see our combination courses.

    What to take to an STCW course

    When you take an STCW course you need to be able to show an identity document issued by the government. You must also be able to present a medical examination. View all instructions for following a course here.

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    Are you looking for the right STCW course according to the latest guidelines? Do you want to train when it suits you? And also at an unique central location? Then check out our FMTC Safety courses. We have a full range of maritime courses; book a training today whenever suits you! At FMTC Safety, flexibility is paramount and. We understand how important an STCW course is. Can you for some reason not make it to your STCW course? Up to 24 hours in advance you can cancel or move your STCW course free of charge.

    Do you want some extra info? You can reach us by telephone on +31 (0) 85 – 130 74 61 or by email at info@fmtcsafety.com. Our customer service is happy to help you!

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