STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

What is special about this course?

This STCW approved mandatory course is for anyone working as core crew aboard a merchant vessel and covers the basic induction training for safety awareness and accident prevention, and provides new seafarers with an insight into working conditions aboard a ship. This course is accredited by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Entry requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 and above

During the course you will cover how to :-

  • comply with emergency procedures on board a vessel.
  • take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment.
  • follow safe working practices.
  • contribute to effective communications on board ship.
  • contribute to effective human relationships on board ship.
  • Understand the causes of fatigue and know the necessary actions to control fatigue.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Short course

face to face delivery in the classroom with lectures videos and demonstrations

How long will my course last?

half Day

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre

Start date

This course runs at various times throughout the year. For details please visit Argyll College website or contact the local College centre


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This certificate is mandatory for entry to the Merchant Navy and complies with  the MCA Standatd Training and Certification of Watchkeeper Act amended 2010. (STCW),

This certificate will improve your employment options within the maritime industries.


Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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