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STCW Basic Courses

Do you want to follow an STCW maritime course? FMTC Safety offers various STCW Basic Courses that will always fit in your schedule. Our courses always continue, even if there is only one participant. Easily book your STCW Basic Course online at FMTC Safety.


What is STCW?

STCW stands for the International Convention on Standards, Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. They are a set of minimum qualification standards set by the International Maritime Organisation 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 First Aid.

Can I take the modules separately?

No. In the Netherlands, you can only take the STCW Basic Safety Training as a whole, not the separate modules.

How is the STCW Basic Safety Training course taught?

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

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

The Basic Safety Training course will allow the delegate to understand the dangers and risks while 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 only 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. You should be able to take a refresher course, as long as you are in possession of a certificate of competency. Are you uncertain whether you can take the refresher course? Please contact us via info@fmtcsafety.com

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

Yes. It is a mandatory to have a STCW Basic Safety Training certificate in order to hold a job, for every seafarer.

At what times does training take place?

Training starts at 7:30 (AM) and will be finished at 16:00 (4:00 PM).

Is food provided for or should I bring this myself?

Lunch is provided by FMTC. 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 are provided for by the FMTC.

Note that you will be notified of all required materials in the confirmation e-mail when booking the course.

In which language is this course taught?

All 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 or call us to let us know.

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 a hotel is required, this can be indicated on the same booking form. If the course has already been booked, you can send an e-mail or call us to let us know.

STCW Basic Courses

STCW Basic Courses are for everyone working in the maritime sector. The STCW Basic Safety Training is the basic course that is mandatory for everyone working on a vessel or ship. This course consists of various disciplines regarding basic safety on board, such as personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, first aid, personal safety and social responsibilities. Besides this basic course, there are some other basic courses that are mandatory for personnel with a specific task, such as advanced fire fighting, proficiency in survival craft, proficiency in fast rescue, and security awareness.

What is STCW?

The regulatory framework STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) is created by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) to guarantee high quality training and global and uniform regulations to ensure health and safety of all employees on board a ship. Therefore, responsible training is of great importance. STCW is globally, effectively and universally approved and implemented. The IMO sets the global standard for training, quality, health and safety in the maritime industry.

The first convention of the STCW regulatory framework was drawn in 1978 to apply one main international standard for the industry, including certification and superfiction of seafarers. This convection has been updated a few times, due to developments in the field of international law, security and technology.

STCW Basic Courses at FMTC Safety

Even though the STCW convention is drafted internationally, individual authorities are responsible for monitoring and supervision. These authorities need to certify maritime training providers to offer seafarer courses. For this the STCW conviction is translated into guidelines and regulations for maritime courses. FMTC Safety is ILT (ministry of Infrastructure, Living environment and Transportation) certified and is therefore allowed to offer maritime and seafarer courses.

FMTC Safety offers a wide range of STCW Basic Courses at their worldwide training locations. Among these courses are mandatory and optional courses. The certificates of these courses have a limited validity. When the certificate is about to expire, a refresher course needs to be done. If you need to do more than one STCW course or refresher course, have a look at our STCW Combination Courses. Both basic and refresher courses can be combined in STCW Basic Combination Courses and STCW Combination Refresher Courses.

FMTC Safety

All instructors at FMTC Safety are certified and have many years of experience. They share their knowledge of procedures and techniques in an interesting way with a combination of theory and practical exercises. Our courses always continue when it suits you best.

Do you have any questions about our STCW Basic Courses? Please contact us via +1 (985) 217 9284 or info@fmtcsafety.com.

Besides our maritime courses, we also offer a broad range of GWO courses, offshore courses and industry courses.

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