FAQs about the STCW refresher requirement

Our Bluewater COO, Sarah Corn, clarifies the STCW refresher course requirements.

By Sarah Corn • 03 March 2020

What exactly are the updated STCW requirements ?

The STCW 2010 requires the STCW safety training courses to be refreshed every 5 years, this came in to effect from 31st December 2016.

Do I need to re-sit my entire STCW?

No, you don’t. You will only be required to update your Basic Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques, Advanced Fire Fighting and Advanced Sea Survival.

Why is it no longer called the STCW95, does this have anything to do with the changes?

The original STCW convention actually dates from 1978, but since then various changes have been made. Now, rather than altering the date when changes are made, it is officially STCW 78, as amended.

What courses do I need to take to refresh my STCW?

You will just need to take the refresher courses which are split between the basic and advanced modules.

Basic refreshers:
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques
- 2 day course

Advanced refreshers:
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
- 1/2 day course + proof you have done the basic course within the last 5 years

Updated Proficiency in Advanced Sea Survival
We also call this the ’’Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (Restricted)’’
- 1/2 day course + proof you have done the basic course within the last 5 years

If you take the bundle of the basic and advance refresher courses, this will be 3 days.

Do you run these courses? And when?    

Yes we run all these courses and the dates are on the website, within the training calendar, for Antibes, Palma and Fort Lauderdale.

Does every position onboard have to re-sit their STCW, from stewardess to captain?

Yes, anybody with Basic Fire Fighting, Personal Survival Techniques, Advanced Fire Fighting and Advanced Sea Survival (Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (Restricted)) over five years old will have to refresh them.

If you hold the advanced safety courses, do you still need to refresh the basic courses?

Yes, even if you hold the advanced safety courses, you will be required to refresh the basic courses. The relevant guidance Notice is MIN 469.
Bluewater has all the STCW refresher courses scheduled. So if you would like to book a course, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can see the upcoming dates here: Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques, Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting, Advanced Sea Survival refresher (also called ’’Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats Restricted’’).