Do you know what updating training you require?

Do you know what updating training you require?

News
24 Feb 2016

Are you confused about what Updating (Refresher) training you require? We have decided to put together a guide that is simple and easy to follow.

Click here to understand what updating (refresher) training is needed depending on what CoC you hold.

The IMO has mandated that Officers wishing to revalidate their STCW Certificate of Competency (CoC) after 1st January 2017 will need documentary evidence of completing the following STCW short courses within the previous FIVE years.Without these in-date certificates Officers will not be able to update their CoC.

The courses are:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FP&FF)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats) (PSC&RB)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
  • Fast Rescue Boat (FRB)

Although CoC’s will be revalidated before the 1st January 2017, without the updated safety certificates, from this date Port State Control Officers may also wish to see the same documentary evidence about the up-dated status of any Officers certificates.

Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) – Approved Updating Training

Some parts of the updating training can be completed on-board a ship. Evidence of on-board updating is by signing the appropriate “self-declaration” form.

Please see below for the approved alternatives:

CourseOn-board trainingCourse required
PSTCompleted & Form Signed4 hours
Not CompletedFull PST
FP&FFNot Applicable7 hours
PSC&RBCompleted & Form Signed3 hours
Not Completed7 hours
AFFCompleted & Form Signed4 hours
Not Completed7 hours
FRBCompleted & Form Signed4 hours
Not Completed7 hours


The following courses do not need updating:

  • Elementary First Aid (EFA)
  • Security Awareness (SA)
  • Designated Security Duties (DSD)
  • Proficiency in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR)

Other specialist training “short courses” such as the Crisis Management & Human Behaviour (CMHB) have no expiry dates. This means that once the seafarer has gained these qualifications then there is no mandatory requirement to repeat the course.

Always be aware of your own company policies.

Additional Ancillary Technical Training

Deck Officers
To continue to use their CoC on vessels fitted with ECDIS equipment after 31stDecember 2016 Deck Officers will need to have completed an MCA approved course. A list of approved courses and providers can be found at www.gov.uk and search “MCA ATP”. Without this requirement the following limitation will apply:
“From the 1st January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS”.

Engineering Officers
To continue to use their CoC on vessels fitted with High Voltage (1000V) generating and distributing equipment, after 31st December 2016, Engineering Officers will need to have completed an MCA approved course. Without this requirement the following limitation will apply:
“From the 1st January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) systems”.

Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM)

There are two levels of HELM (Operational and Management) and they are NOT generic STCW programmes. They are however a required addition to all flag state training programmes. The content of a flag state’s HELM short course will depend upon the overall content of that flag’s current CoC. The short course will be designed to make up any short fall in content of the CoC and therefore may change from flag to flag.

If you are revalidating a current CoC you will not be required to undertake the additional HELM training. Candidates for new CoC and those upgrading to the next level, will be required to undertake the full HELM training.

Other Considerations

  • Updating the proficiency in Medical First Aid is not currently required under the STCW code.
  • For UK Officers revalidating their CoC the following courses must be approved directly by the MCA:
    • NAEST (Operational and Management).
  • Certificates issued by the STCW parties (The White List) are accepted for PST, FP&FF, EFA and PSSR.
  • Certificates issued by EU states, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are accepted for PSC&RB, AFF, Medical First Aid and Medical Care.

Latest Jobs

  • Dec12

    Assistant Expedition Leader

    9427

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident Assistant Expedition Leader to join a luxury cruise ...

    > More
  • Dec12

    Assistant Cruise Director

    9426

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and confident Assistant Cruise Director to join a luxury ...

    > More
  • Dec12

    Housekeeping Stewardess

    9425

    A Methodical Housekeeper is needed to join a luxury Chalet in the French Alps by ...

    > More
  • Dec11

    Housekeeping Stewardess

    9423

    We are looking for a Housekeeping Stewardess to join a busy 80m+ private motor yacht ...

    > More
  • Dec11

    AV/IT Officer

    9422

    An experienced AV/IT Officer is needed to join a 100M+ M/Y ASAP.The ideal candidate will ...

    > More
  • Dec10

    Steward/ess

    9421

    Viking is currently recruiting a Stewardess for a 6* high-end & luxury Hotel in the ...

    > More
  • Dec06

    Assistant Chef

    9420

    An Ambitious 3rd Chef is required to join a 100M+ Private M/Y by the 5th ...

    > More
  • Dec06

    Deckhand

    9419

    An experienced Lead Deckhand is required to join a 100M+ M/Y ASAP.Applicants should have 3+ ...

    > More
  • Dec06

    International Hosts

    9418

    An internationally renowned cruise company are seeking International Hosts to join their fleet. Previous cruise ship experience ...

    > More
  • Dec05

    Chief Engineer

    9417

    A Hands-on Sole Engineer is required to join a 40M+ Private Yacht ASAP in the ...

    > More
  • Dec05

    Guest Services Manager

    9416

    A Guest Services Manager is required to join a luxury cruise company. Candidates need to ...

    > More
  • Dec05

    Chief Steward/ess (Yacht)

    9415

    An Organised Chief Stewardess is needed to join a 40M+ Private yacht with an exciting ...

    > More
  • Dec04

    Front Office Manager

    9413

    A luxury lodge based in NZ, is looking for a suitable Front Office Manager to join ...

    > More
  • Dec01

    Chief Engineer

    9412

    A Hands on Engineer is needed to join a 30M+ S/Y ASAP in the MED.Applicants ...

    > More
  • Dec01

    Facility Manager

    9411

    A luxury cruise company are looking for a Facility Manager to join their fleet.Successful candidates ...

    > More
  • Dec01

    Assistant Facility Manager

    9410

    A luxury cruise company are looking for a Assistant Facility Manager to join their fleet.Successful ...

    > More