What is an STCW10 Certificate and who needs one?

In basic terms, the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) 2010 is the updated version of the STCW 95 and STCW 78 conventions. These conventions are internationally recognised and the most up-to-date regulation is the STCW 2010.

The STCW originally covered four basic elements of training. These are;

  1. Personal Safety & Responsibility (i.e. personal and general hygiene, close quarters living aboard ship, etc) 
  2. Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting
  3. Personal Survival Techniques
  4. Elementary First Aid

The STCW 2010 has been expanded to include an additional module centered on Proficiency in Security Awareness. 

If you intend to work on board a vessel over 24 metres in length then it’s almost certain that you’ll require an up-to-date STCW 2010 Certificate. Revalidation is required every five years and applications for renewal of certificates of competence will now require inclusion of proof of a valid STCW 2010.

Courses are approved by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).