Overview top

The Manila amendment to STCW has mandated Human Factors training for seafarers and as an approved Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) training provider, South Shields Marine School has been accredited to deliver HELM courses at the management level.

The HELM (M) course meets the syllabus requirements laid down by the UK Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and draws on many years of experience in providing Maritime Human Factors courses and company programmes.

Course structure:

A five-day multi-activity course that provides delegates with a programme of approved training to use leadership and managerial skills to control the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level.

The Management Level course is designed to comply with the requirements as set out in the IMO mandatory requirements in tables A-II/2 and AIII/2 of the Manila amendments to the STCW convention and code 1978, as amended (2010).

The course meets the Management Level syllabus requirements contained in the MNTB syllabus and as accredited by the MCA.

Course aim:

The emphasis throughout the course is to develop understanding of human factor concepts and understanding of how managerial actions influence, for good or ill, the practical application of those concepts. This understanding, properly applied, then enhances the safe operation of the ship and the care of all persons on board.

Aimed primarily at senior officers and those seeking management level certification, this course also provides invaluable training for shore-based staff and non-deck or engineering personnel, such as pursers or hotel services people.


Entry Requirements top

Learner shall hold a deck or engineering certificate of competency at the operational level and meet the minimum seagoing service requirements for the issue of a management level certificate of competency.

Assessment top

Assessment is via in course continuous assessment followed by a final examination.


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Dates & Fees

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