STCW stands for Standard Training Certification and Watching.
It is a worldwide Maritime convention that ensures a lateral standard of training is achieved across all countries in the world.
Let’s take for instance you’re a chief engineer from Africa, Europe, Asia or America, you will have to undergo similar training in accordance with the STCW convention. Know more about What STCW stands for and who needs it?
At the very minimum, you will need to obtain STCW Basic Courses in order to apply to work on a ship. These courses can usually be completed within a week or more – during one block booking – at a designated STCW training center. Check your country’s Maritime board.
Who needs STCW?
STCW are obtainable for anyone wishing to work on commercial vessels that are over 24 meters long. You will have to obtain STCW qualifications/courses before they seek employment. The type of courses/qualifications you’ll need will greatly depend on the position you’re applying for and the post you’ll be assigned to once you’re on the ship.