The Merchant Shipping (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2015, implement the requirements of the International Convention and Code on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as amended (referred to in this MSN as the ‘STCW Convention’ and ‘STCW Code’ respectively), including the provisions prescribing the minimum requirements for emergency occupational safety, medical care, survival and security functions.
STCW Training certificates are a requirement for all crew on commercial vessels over 24 metres. This includes pursers, waiters, entertainment staff, cooks, stewards, hairdressers, nail technicians and receptionists, massage and beauty therapists, fitness instructors, dancers, physicians, acupuncturists, etc.
The international convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) sets the international legal minimum standards for those working at sea. It ensures that a mariner meets a set of specific safety requirements.
If you are serving onboard a ship and are qualified in any of the following, you must, as of the 1st January 2017, have documentary evidence of either having completed the training course or updated your training within the last 5 years