STCW Courses | Direct Entry | Details, Scope & Jobs

In this article, you will be reading about STCW courses. This article will be of help to merchant navy aspirants. Basic details about STCW courses have been covered here.

STCW Courses

So far, I’ve covered merchant navy courses such as NCV, Commercial Diving, GP Rating and Saloon Rating on Courses after 10th website. My readers, after going through those posts, have provided positive feedback. Still, there are some readers who want more such articles! This post has been published keeping them in mind!


Let us check out STCW course details now –


STCW course details

STCW stands for Standard of Training and Certification of Watchkeeping. If you want to begin a career in the merchant navy, aboard a ship, passing this training program is a minimum requirement.


STCW is not about a single course! Many courses come under its umbrella. Some courses belong to advanced level. Such advanced courses can be pursued only after obtaining sea service or similar certificates (or qualifications).


However, the basic training course can be pursued after 10th or 12th (depending upon the institute’s policy). The basic training course is made up of four modules – PST (Personal Survival Techniques), EFA (Elementary First Aid), Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility. You may also check – Short term merchant navy courses & Maritime fire & safety training institutes.


Many maritime institutes have direct entry scheme, where they make candidates undergo these basic STCW courses. After academic course, candidates are given on ship training for a period of 12 months or more.


Eligibility criteria: Basic STCW courses can be pursued after completing 10th or 10+2 from a recognized board. I’ve observed that different institutes have varying eligibility criteria. Readers are advised to go through the concerned institute’s policy while securing admission. Also make sure that the institute is recognized by appropriate authorities.

STCW scope & jobs

Prominent employers include – merchant navy agencies, logistics firms, merchant navy ships, cruise ships etc.

Arun Kallarackal
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