Survival Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition  (eBook)

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Survival Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition (eBook)

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This publication provides the criteria for the development of courses to deliver training in personal survival techniques (PST), proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats) (PSC&RB) and proficiency in fast rescue boats (PFRB), along with the updating training requirements for each, in accordance with international regulations for seafarer training.

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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:


  • Personal survival techniques (section 2) – the mandatory requirements within basic training

  • Personal survival techniques updating training requirements (section 3)

  • Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats) (section 4)


Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats) updating training requirements (section 5)


Proficiency in fast rescue boats (section 6)


Proficiency in fast rescue boats updating training requirements (section 7)


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.


With regard to updating training, the learning outcomes required for the personal survival techniques, the proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats (other than fast rescue boats) and the fast rescue boats updating course are a subset of those required for the full courses. It has therefore been agreed that Training Centres that hold current MCA approval (i.e. have completed MCA initial or re-approval within the last 5 years) to deliver the full programme and use the same staff, need only submit course material for the desk assessment, and additional QA procedures if required, to gain approval to deliver this updating course. The updating course approval will be limited to the same re-approval date as the full course approval. Training Centres wanting approval to deliver updating courses should approach the Marine Office which granted the approval for the full course. Training centres that wish to offer updating training only will need to seek MCA approval accordingly. In such instances, the existing requirements for full course delivery must be taken into account i.e. staff to learner ratio; facilities and equipment; conduct of training.


The national occupational standards relating to this training are:


  • A11 - Take personal emergency action on board a vessel

  • A12 - Respond to emergencies on board a vessel

  • A15 - Take control of survival craft and rescue boats


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


  • Survival in the water during maritime emergencies

  • Control operation of survival craft and rescue boats

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: Survival Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition (eBook)
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 47
Product Code: WS1650EA
Published Date: August 2018

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