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STCW updating training


The Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention (STCW 2010) bring about a number of changes. One of the most significant amendments is the requirement for all seafarers to update some elements of the mandatory STCW safety training.


From 1 January 2017 

"If you are serving on board ship and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of the 1 January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating training within the last 5 years"

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting; Advanced Fire Fighting; Personal Survival Techniques; Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats); and Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats.

In addition, seafarers revalidating their MCA CoC will have to submit certificates to show that either the courses listed above have been completed within the past five years or that updating (also known as 'refresher') training has been undertaken.  Port state control may require documentary evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence.

If ships' crews cannot prove evidence of having met the updating requirements from the STCW Manila Amendments, the vessel may fail port state inspection. 

Non-UK CoC holders

Non-UK CoC holders converting to their first UK CoC must complete the full advanced safety training courses approved under the authority of an EU Member State, Canada, New Zealand or South Africa. This includes the following STCW safety training courses:

  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than fast rescue boats)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Medical Care

Further information is available in section 5 of MIN 535.

Book your training

We offer all of the required courses with full MCA approval. There are opportunities to undertake either updated fire fighting courses or maritime safety courses in most calendar weeks.  

Updating training weeks

The updated training courses can all be taken in one week. If you wish to book a week of updating training courses please contact the admissions team on +44 (0)23 8201 5004 or

Individual courses - new additional dates available

Individual updating courses are run on a regular basis throughout the year. If you wish to just book on one or more courses, click on the relevant link below for more information on availability and how to book:

Fire fighting

Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting - 1 day
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting - 1 day

Maritime safety

Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques - half day
Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats) - 1 day
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats - 1 day


The MNTB, MCA and IASST worked together to establish the details for the updating training courses. The full details for updating training including the self-declaration forms can be found in MSN 1865 and MIN 535.

There is no requirement to update the Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (PSSR) or any of the medical courses.  Updating of the Proficiency in Medical Care is not currently required under the STCW Code however on EU Member State flagged vessels, in accordance with EU Council Directive 92/29/EEC, the captain and any person delegated to use the medical type A supplies must receive special training updated at least every five years.

Please also note that ISPS security courses which come into force with the Manila Amendments do not need five-yearly updating either.

Click here for more information on STCW 2010 Manila Amendments.