About STCW

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) convention in 1995 adopted amendments to the International Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) which is now legally binding for the 133 IMO signatory countries.

All professional mariner certifications must be STCW 95 Compliant and the convention gives minimum legal standards for qualifications and training at sea. In short, captains, mates, watchkeepers, engineers and crew must all complete MCA-approved STCW training.

At entry level STCW basic safety training is mandatory for anyone working on board large yachts over 24 metres. Important changes to the STCW Code, known as the Manila amendments, came into force on 1 January 2012 and are referred to as STCW 2010. These changes affect the way and how often captains, officers and crew are trained, so trainees and professional crew need to be prepared.

The measures include changes to certificates of competency for basic safety training and medical fitness standards. Our portfolio of safety and security courses are fully compliant with the STCW 2010 code. For more information, please see our guide to the new STCW 2010 training requirements: