Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

Want to work on a super yacht, cruise ship, oil rig, merchant vessel or in the commercial maritime industry? You'll need industry certification first as it's an international safety requirement.

There's no sea time involved and if you do all five courses it takes just a week to complete. This is the 2010 amended version of STCW95.

Content Details

Courses can be completed individually so if you don't need to do all 5 you can elect to complete only those you need.

  1. STCW Personal Survival Techniques*
  2. STCW Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting*
  3. STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  4. STCW Security Awareness Training
  5. STCW Elementary First Aid

* You must be fit and capable of undertaking training for sea survival and fire-fighting therefore a current medical certificate signed by a medical practitioner is required. Download the medical certificate (pdf, 355kb)

If you do all five courses you’ll start the week with a two day Personal Survival Techniques (sea survival) course, so remember to bring your swimming gear on the first day.

You'll then spend two days learning and practicing how to prepare and use self-contained breathing apparatus (BA) while extinguishing fires; learning about fire science and fire prevention

Personal safety and social responsibilities (PSSR) within the maritime industry is a half day course and is usually delivered on Friday morning.

On Friday afternoon Security Awareness Training is available for all personnel employed or engaged on board ships to which the I.S.P.S. code applies.

The final course that makes up the STCW Basic Safety Suite is First Aid which is delivered over the weekend. This two day comprehensive first aid course aligns with the unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402, or unit standards 6400, 26551 and 26552.

If you're wanting to work abroad on super yachts, oil rigs etc. you're strongly advised to enrol in our ‘STCW First Aid’ even if you have a current general first aid with the required unit standards.

This is because Toi Ohomai has been audited and accredited by Maritime New Zealand to issue STCW First Aid certificates which are required for working in the maritime industry internationally. 

If you're only wanting to work in domestic waters then your general first aid is sufficient for applying to MNZ for your Skippers or Deckhand tickets like Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) and Advanced Deckhand with Fishing endorsement (ADH-F). If you're not sure please call and ask to speak with one of our Maritime tutors. 

While you're studying here you'll enjoy free access to our pool and gym facilities.

Refresher Training

If you are already qualified, from 1 January 2017 you may require refresher training as your current certification is only valid for five years. The following refresher courses are available:

  1. STCW Refresher in Personal Survival Techniques
  2. STCW Refresher in Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting

These are run in conjunction with our main STCW delivery and the same timetable applies however you may be eligible for a refresher training discount – please contact us for more information.


Planned intakes*: November, December
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 7 days

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

For the remainder of 2017 this week-long course is offered:

  • 13 Nov 2017
  • 4 Dec 2017

Download the STCW timetable (pdf, 205kb)

Indicative Fees

2017 STCW Security Awareness $258.00

2017 STCW Personal Survival Techniques $544.00

2017 STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility $128.00

2017 STCW Basic Fire-fighting $824.00

2017 STCW Elementary First Aid $204.00

2017 Personal Survival Techniques Refresher $350.00

2017 Basic Fire-fighting Refresher $625.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of each course you will receive the relevant certificate of competency in:

  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire-Fighting
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Security Awareness Training
  • STCW Elementary First Aid

Career Opportunities

This is a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) accredited certification which meets international requirements to help safeguard the lives of crews and passengers.

Potential employers Include:

  • Cruise ships
  • Fishing vessels
  • Super yachts
  • Oil rigs
  • Commercial vessels

Entry Criteria

  • You must be fit and capable of undertaking training for sea survival and fire-fighting. You will be required to swim in a pool with and without a lifejacket and stay afloat (tread water) while wearing clothing
  • You will be required to provide, on your first day, a current medical certificate signed by a general practitioner stating you are fit to undertake these physical activities. Download the medical certificate.
  • For refresher training you will need a current medical certificate and a Sea Service letter completed by your employer. Download the Sea Service letter template (pdf, 160kb). This must be provided on enrolment for a Refresher discount to be applied.