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 trainings.
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. Have a look at the STCW courses list and book your 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!
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 a 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.