Training and certification required for the Merchant Navy

Welcome to our section on merchant navy training and certification.  Here you’ll find everything you need to know about what is required to work within the merchant navy.

If you are just starting a career at sea you will need the following mandatory courses:

STCW-95 Elementary First Aid
STCW-95 Personal Survival Techniques
STCW-95 Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
STCW-95 Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness (as of 1st January 2014)

Although these modules can be done separately it is far more cost effective to be done as a package (saving £214.80):

STCW-95 Basic Safety Training package

Additional recommended courses:

STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
RYA VHF Radio
RYA Powerboat Level 2

What else will you need?

ENG1 Medical certificate – Find your nearest approved doctor in the UK (fixed fee of £80)

Seamans Discharge book and card – Click here for more information