( Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping )

Also know as BST or Basic Safety Training, the STCW is mandatory to all cruise ship workers and consists of several courses that are summed together to comply with the international law.

You get to know more about crowd control, social responsability, fire fighting and surviving techniques, personal care, first aid, safety equipments and how to use them as well how to survive at sea.

Most cruise companies offer the full certification while on board, but the full five-day STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) modular course, consisting of the four independent modules, costs approximately US$800$1,000 if taken in the United States and can range anywhere from US$900$1,880 if taken in Europe or Australia. In Latin-America, it costs around US$300-$400.

Modelo de STCW

Since 2017 it should have your FULL NAME and IDENTIFICATION NUMBER not only on the certificate itself but as well on the STICKER, and as well your profile picture in order to be valid.

List of Courses

– Personal Survival Techniques (Table A-VI/1-1)
– Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (Table A-VI/1-2)
– Elementary First Aid (Table A-VI/1-3)
– Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (Table A-VI/1-4)

There’s an extra course that was made mandatory for cruise ship staff in 2010, and most training facilities throw in for free or it can be done inside the cruise ships.:
– Security Awareness Training (Table A-VI/1-6)

Also, on most cruise companies there’s an “extra course” that usually only officers and high management will need, but some other jobs can require it as well.:
– Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, other than Fast Rescue Boats – PSCRB (Table A-VI/2-1)