What is the STCW?
The Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping certificate, more commonly known as the STCW, is a minimum requirement for working onboard a yacht, whether you’re a Deckhand, Stewardess, or Captain.
The STCW is an International Convention for seafarers that was established in 1978, it details the minimum standards relating to training which all countries are obliged to meet, or exceed. It is often referred to as STCW 95 but the ’95’ was the year in which major revisions were made to the original code. ‘STCW 2010’ is the latest amendment.