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STCW Code | Part A


CHAPTER II – Standards Regarding The Master &Deck Department


[Applicable from 01-Jan-2012]


Standard of competence

1. Every candidate for certification shall:

1. be required to demonstrate the competence to undertake, at the operational level, the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed in column 1 of table A-II/1;

2. at least hold the appropriate certificate for performing VHF radio communications in accordance with the requirements of the Radio Regulations; and

3. if designated to have primary responsibility for radio communications during distress incidents, hold the appropriate certificate issued or recognized under the provisions of the Radio Regulations.

2. The minimum knowledge, understanding and proficiency required for certification is listed in column 2 of table A-II/1.

3. The level of knowledge of the subjects listed in column 2 of table A-II/1 shall be sufficient for officers of the watch to carry out their watch keeping duties.

4. Training and experience to achieve the necessary level of theoretical knowledge, understanding and proficiency shall be based on section A-VIII/2, part 4-1 -Principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch – and shall also take into account the relevant requirements of this part and the guidance given in part B of this Code.

5. Every candidate for certification shall be required to provide evidence of having achieved the required standard of competence in accordance with the methods for demonstrating competence and the criteria for evaluating competence tabulated in columns 3 and 4 of table A-II/1.


Onboard training

6. Every candidate for certification as officer in charge of a navigational watch of ships of 500 gross tonnage or more whose seagoing service, in accordance with paragraph 2.2 of regulation II/1, forms part of a training programme approved as meeting the requirements of this section shall follow an approved programme of onboard training which:

1. ensures that, during the required period of seagoing service, the candidate receives systematic practical training and experience in the tasks, duties and responsibilities of an officer in charge of a navigational watch, taking into account the guidance given in section B-II/1 of this Code;

2. is closely supervised and monitored by qualified officers aboard the ships in which the approved seagoing service is performed; and

3. is adequately documented in a training record book or similar document.


Near-coastal voyages

7. The following subjects may be omitted from those listed in column 2 of table A-II/1 for issue of restricted certificates for service on near-coastal voyages, bearing in mind the safety of all ships which may be operating in the same waters:

1. celestial navigation; and

2. those electronic systems of position fixing and navigation that do not cover the waters for which the certificate is to be valid.

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