FAQ

What is STCW?

STCW or the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers was adopted on 7 July 1978 and entered into force on 28 April 1984. The main purpose of the Convention is to promote safety of life and property at sea, and it is these stringent standards that Clyde Training Solutions work and adhere to.

What is the difference between STCW 95 and STCW 2010?

STCW 2010 has replaced STCW 95 and it’s the new code that Clyde Training Solutions adheres to. If you would like more information please check out our STCW 95 page.

Who does STCW apply to?

STCW applies to all crew members regardless of rank who serve on sea-going merchant ships registered to a country that’s covered by the convention. The term “sea-going merchant ships” refers to all vessels engaged in commercial maritime operations whether it’s domestic or international voyages. The STCW Code doesn’t apply to seafarers serving on warships, naval auxiliaries or any other government ship engaged in non-commercial service as well as pleasure yachts, fishing vessels and wooden ships of primitive build.

How long are STCW certificates valid for?

As a result of the 2010 Manila Amendments, your STCW certificate is now only valid for 5 years. This means that anyone who completed their training over 5 years ago will need to do an STCW revalidation course.

How much does STCW cost?

The full 5-day STCW Basic Safety Training course at Clyde Training Solutions costs £875 which is aimed at new cadets. We also offer each module individually so you can spread them out over a few weeks rather than doing them all in five straight days. If you have already completed your basic safety training you only need to do an STCW revalidation course which again you have the option of doing in a block or individually. We have 2 block courses available – block 1 is a 3-day course priced at £700 and block 2 is a 4-day course priced at £875.

What is Clyde Training Solutions?

Clyde Training Solutions is the latest in the range of services offered by The Clyde Group, building upon existing training courses provided by Clyde Marine Training, which since 2005 as part of its Short Courses division has been providing industry recognised and certified training courses for marine personnel.

Where is the new building and what will it offer?

The new hub is situated in Clydebank, directly opposite the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel and hospital, and is a unique centre of excellence dedicated to the delivery of mandatory and industry enhancing marine, and offshore oil & gas training courses – making it the only one of its kind in Central and Lowland Scotland. The centre will house multiple classrooms, training pool, HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training module, and full fire training ground complete with training stack and helideck to meet the highest level of industry standards. Crucially these facilities are all situated in the same location, meaning delegates can avoid unnecessary travel between sites.

What is the capacity of the new facility?

The centre will boast 5 fully equipped and adaptable classrooms for a range of training needs, offering a capacity of up to 24 delegates per room,, before students head out to take part in practical training within the complex. With courses ranging from one to five days, we expect to accommodate thousands of delegates annually.

Why has this been built in Clydebank?

Originally planned to be built adjacent to the Clyde Group headquarters in Hillington Park, it soon became apparent that to realise the full scale and capacity required for marine and offshore training in Central Scotland, larger premises would be required. This led us to securing land in Clydebank, in the heartland of Scotland’s ship-building past, present and future, and which offers easy access from the road, rail and air network.

What benefits will the new facility bring to the local area?

The first benefit we hope to bring to the local area is employment. We have worked closely with West Dunbartonshire Council at all stages of planning and this has progressed to actively recruiting local residents to fill diverse roles ranging from training assistants, customer care and quality control. As well as the ease of access Clydebank offers for training delegates travelling from near or far, we also believe it is fitting that we play our part in allowing it to continue its rich history in shaping the maritime industry, through the provision of highly trained personnel.

What will the economic benefits be to the area? (If different from above)

As well as the employment opportunities we are bringing to the local community, where possible we intend to source as many of the elements we require to run a successful training centre of this type, from catering through to gas supplies, as well as accommodation for those delegates travelling from further afield.

Why has Clyde Training Solutions chosen to provide courses to the oil and gas industry from this location?

For as long as the oil and gas industry has been based in Aberdeen and the North East, it has been accepted that the majority training should take place there too. But with the realisation that tens of thousands offshore workers live within the central belt area (Oil & Gas UK – Offshore Workforce Demographics Report 2014), it makes economic sense to have a training centre within easy reach of these workers homes, with the majority of training taking place when they are on shore leave. With excellent transport links and shorter travel times for delegates living in Scotland’s two largest cities and lowland areas, the centre will offer not only industry-leading training but also a more cost effective training solution.

Why will this facility and its course content benefit the oil and gas industry?

We believe that Clyde Training Solutions central location, experienced and competent trainers, modern facilities and extensive range of courses all on one site, means that oil and gas companies will benefit through highly trained and competent staff, whilst making significant savings in the form of travel and accommodation requirements.

What certificates do I need to work offshore?

If you want to work in the oil and gas industry you require an offshore survival certificate which is also known as the RGIT or the BOSIET. There are many variations depending on where you are based but BOSIET training with CA-EBS is the minimum requirement for offshore workers in the UK sector of the North Sea. If you’re platform based you might also require a MIST (Minimum Industry Safety Training) certificate and some employers request this regardless. Other countries outside the UK might have different requirements. For example in Norway, your UK certificates are accepted but Norwegian Escape Chute Training is also required.

What is BOSIET training?

BOSIET training (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) is the minimum requirement for offshore workers in the North Sea. This three-day course is designed to equip offshore workers with the skills and knowledge required for working offshore which includes helicopter travel. The course covers four key areas:
  • Safety induction
  • Firefighting and self-rescue
  • Sea survival with first aid
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (including CA-EBS)

What does OPITO stand for?

OPITO stands for Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization. It’s a UK based training organisation for the oil and gas sector which sets industry standards in emergency response, industry training and competence.

What is HUET training?

HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) equips delegates with knowledge and skills you need to escape from a helicopter in water in the event of an emergency. It forms part of BOSIET and it can also be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

What is MIST training?

Many employers require you to have a BOSIET and MIST certificate. MIST (Minimum Industry Safety Training) is a two-day course which introduces delegates to the key basic safety elements required by all employees working in the oil and gas industry. The course covers nine key areas:
  • Introduction to the hazardous offshore environment
  • Working safely including safety observations systems
  • Tasks that require a permit to work
  • Personal responsibility in maintaining asset integrity
  • Using Manual Handling Techniques every day
  • Controlling the use of hazardous substances offshore
  • Knowledge and practices of working at height
  • Being aware of mechanical lifting activities

How much is BOSIET training?

BOSIET training with CA-EBs costs £700 excluding VAT. If you require BOSIET with CAEBS and EBS you need to undertake the combined course which costs £775 excluding VAT. For experienced offshore workers looking to revalidate their certificate, FOET training costs £400 excluding VAT.

How long does a BOSIET certificate last?

A BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) certificate lasts four years. Before it expires, you need to complete FOET training with CA-EBS which validates the certificate for a further four years.

What is further offshore emergency training?

Experienced offshore workers who already hold a BOSIET certificate are required to undertake Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) every four years to revalidate their certificate. This gives delegates a chance to practise and establish emergency response skills that are not usually possible to replicate during drills, exercises and offshore training that take place in the work environment.