What is the difference between STCW and BST?
STCW is the acronym for the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and was amended in 1995 and 2010. STCW sets the standards of competence for seafarers internationally. The shipboard position you hold, the credential or rating you have, the ship you sail on and the waters in which you sail all contribute to the training you are required to have under STCW. The corner stone to this training is Basic Safety Training. Almost all mariners holding safety related and pollution prevention responsibilities are required to have this training (see below Who must comply with the STCW standard.)
Who must comply with the STCW standard?
STCW only applies to Mariners employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines specified in Title 46 CFR Part 7. The requirements of the STCW Convention and Code may apply to you depending on the type of marine employment in which you will serve. For more information on how the STCW may apply to unlicensed mariners, go to the STCW policies page.
We often receive calls asking to sign up for the STCW class to which we ask, “Which one?”
The truth is we offer 17 STCW compliant courses, and we want to make sure you get the right one(s). STCW covers almost all mariners whether they’re in the deck or engineering department.
What is in the STCW course?
Looking to get into the maritime industry? The STCW Basic Safety Training (BST) course is the cornerstone to maritime training, and is one of the most important and fun courses required. It provides a hands-on training experience with safety equipment combined with classroom instruction, and is designed for all seafarers with designated safety or pollution prevention duties.
BST- Our 5-day, 40-hour STCW Basic Safety Training course is typically held Monday-Friday. Completion of this course will satisfy the Basic Safety Training requirements for all licenses and endorsements.