First Aid and Medical Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition

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August 2018

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This publication provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training in elementary first aid, medical first aid and medical care on board ship.

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Training courses developed in line with these criteria, delivered at centres approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), will cover:


  • Elementary first aid (section 2)

  • Medical first aid (section 3)

  • Medical care (section 4)

  • Medical care updating training (section 5) – an EU-specific requirement for service on EU registered vessels


The specifications described in this document have been developed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The MCA has agreed with the MNTB that the specifications described in this document will satisfy the requirements for approved training. Conditions for MCA approval of short courses are contained in Annex A, which should be used in conjunction with the MCA guide to approval of regulatory training requirements.


The national occupational standards relating to this training are:

  • A16 – Provide medical services on board a vessel

There is also a suite of Maritime Studies Qualifications which contain units relevant to this training; the specific units are:

  • Emergency first aid in response to maritime accidents or medical emergencies

  • Provide medical first aid on board a vessel

  • Take charge of medical care on board a vessel

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.


The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments. This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies. The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.


We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Sea’ brand. This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: First Aid and Medical Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition
Number of Pages: 28
Product Code: WS1644K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-787-1 (9781856097871), ISBN 10: 1-85609-787-0 (1856097870)
Published Date: August 2018
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 3 mm
Weight: 0.20 kg

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