STCW Medical Care Aboard Ship


Course Code: OE1EC43


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Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
15/04/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Days/ £660Enquire  
07/04/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus5 Days/ £715Enquire  

Course Overview

Gain the specialist knowledge and skills needed to take charge of medical care on board ship with this STCW course. Intended for seafarers who are designated with this specific role, the course will develop your ability to diagnose and provide medical care to the sick and injured on board and participate in co-ordinated schemes for medical assistance to ships.

Important course information

To comply with STCW Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations, all delegates attending Merchant Navy courses must provide a seaman’s discharge book, passport or driving licence when attending the centre. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to a delay in the issue of your certificate.

Validity of certificate

  • Masters and any person in charge of medical care on a UK flag vessel will be required to undertake refresher training in Proficiency in Medical Care every 5 years.   
  • Anyone holding a Ship’s Captain’s Medical Certificate or a Medicare Certificate that is more than 5 years old would need to update their knowledge by taking either a full Medicare course or a refresher course.    
  • Anyone applying for their Certificate of Competence will need to attend a refresher course. If you are unsure as to the validity of your certificate, please contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency by calling 02380 329231 or emailing   

Medical declaration

Parts of the course are of a physical nature. You will be required to complete a medical declaration when you attend your course.

Entry Requirements

Before embarking on this course you must be 16 years old and have received approved training in Medical First Aid.

Career Options and Progression

Completion of the STCW Medical Care Aboard Ship course is required to apply for Certificate of Competency Deck or Engine senior certificates. It may also be required for the position you hold onboard the vessel.     

Assessment Methods

Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • have knowledge of ships’ medical equipment and stores  
  • be able to diagnose medical problems on board ship  
  • be able to provide medical care to the sick and injured while they remain on board
  • understand the various co-coordinated schemes for medical assistance on board   

Teaching and Learning Methods

This 5-day (30 hours) course is equally balanced between theoretical and practical learning. Assessment will be carried out via a written test, direct observation, oral questioning and simulated scenarios.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

This course has no industry placement and no field trips. 

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

There are no additional costs. The majority of the course is of a hands-on, practical nature. For theory sessions the dress code is smart/casual.

You will also need to bring:   

  • writing materials    
  • photographic proof of identity eg passport/driving licence (compulsory to attend the course)  
  • evidence of previous training (Medical First Aid Certificate)   
  • proof of sea time

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

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Awarding Body: N/A

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