The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the government body responsible for the safe implementation of STCW basic safety training for seafarers.
STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. It came into being in 1978 as governments around the world agreed to standardise training.
STCW Basic Safety Training is a legal requirement for all seafarers who work on a commercial ship, ferry, cruise ship or superyacht.
The underlying principle of the original STCW convention was that seafarers should have a minimum of:
- Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
- Personal and Social Responsibilities
- Personal Survival Techniques
- Elementary First Aid
There have been updates to the STCW standard, also known as STCW 95 and STCW 2010. The most recent of these updates – 2010 Manila amendments – stated that if your STCW Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention and Personal Survival Techniques certificates are more than 5 years old you must complete an update training course to be able to work onboard.