Course Overview

Want to work on a super yacht, cruise ship, oil rig, merchant vessel or in the commercial maritime industry? You'll need industry certification first as it's an international safety requirement.

There's no sea time involved and if you do all five courses it takes just a week to complete. This is the amended version of STCW-78.

Upon successful completion of each topic you will receive the relevant certificate of competency in:

  • STCW Basic Firefighting
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • STCW Personal Survival
  • STCW Security Awareness

(Please note your STCW certificates may take 10 days to be issued to you upon the successful completion of the course)

Locations Tauranga
Next intake Oct 2023 View more details
Study options

1 week full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available

Total credits 10
Indicative Fees Fees vary from $272-$2,368 for domestic students View full fees information
Eligibility View entry criteria

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Career opportunities

This is a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) accredited certification which meets international requirements to help safeguard the lives of crews and passengers.

Potential employers include:

  • cruise ships
  • fishing vessels
  • super yachts
  • oil rigs
  • commercial vessels

Topics you'll cover

This internationally recognised course is required for any supervisor of crew members on board a commercial ship or ocean liner.

There are five topics, which can be completed individually, so if you don't need all five, you can elect to complete only the ones you need.

The five topics are:

  • STCW Personal Survival
  • STCW Security Awareness
  • STCW Basic Firefighting
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (compulsory online study and one half day on-campus. Refer to STCW course information and timetables below for further details)

Refresher Training

If you are already qualified, from 1 January 2017 you may require refresher training as your current certification is only valid for five years. The following refresher topics are available:

  • STCW Refresher in Personal Survival
  • STCW Refresher in Basic Firefighting

The refresher training is run in conjunction with our main STCW delivery and the same timetable applies however you may be eligible for a refresher training discount.

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * Fees vary from $272-$2,368 for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

2023 fees

  • STCW Security Awareness - $292
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques - $643
  • STCW Basic Firefighting - $972
  • STCW Elementary First Aid - $272
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility - $189
  • Personal Survival Refresher - $427
  • Basic Firefighting Refresher - $748

All fees include the student levy.

* Important fee information, and hints and tips

Help with fees

Are you Eligible for Free Fees?

There are several ways to take advantage of free study at Toi Ohomai. Find out how on our Fees Free FAQ page.

Student Loans and Allowances

This course does NOT meet the requirements for student loan or allowance applications through StudyLink.

Find out more at studylink.govt.nz


Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Full STCW Training

  • You must be fit and capable of undertaking training for sea survival and fire-fighting. 
  • You'll be required to swim in a pool with and without a lifejacket and stay afloat (tread water) while wearing clothing.
  • Students are required to provide as part of their enrolment:
    • A student medical declaration
    • A medical certificate. Please take along this information sheet to your medical practitioner
    • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology will for the purpose of STCW training accept a current Dive medical certificate, or a Maritime New Zealand Seafarers Medical certificate, or a MCA ENG 1 medical certificate.

Refresher Training

All Seafarers who intend to enrol into STCW Refresher Training must provide Toi Ohomai with a letter on company letterhead confirming;

  • That the applicant has actively participated in the mandatory abandon ship and fire drills while completing approved seagoing service performing functions appropriate to the certificate they hold for a period of at least:
    • 12 months in total during the preceding 5 years, or;
    • 3 months in total during the preceding 6 months.
  • Download the Sea Service letter template (pdf, 139kb). This must be provided on enrolment for a Refresher discount to be applied.

Seafarers will also need to provide Toi Ohomai with:

  • Copies of their original Basic STCW Firefighting and Personal Survival Techniques certificates
  • A current medical certificate
  • A completed student medical declaration

STCW Information and Enrolment Packs

IMPORTANT: to complete the fillable pdf forms you'll need to open it in Adobe Acrobat which is a paid service but offers a free trial. Otherwise, please download and print the forms. Once you've completed the forms you can email to [email protected]

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

English language requirements

Students are able to converse, read and write in English sufficiently well to perform the functions and duties required of a person who holds the certificate or endorsement in accordance with the relevant competency and training standard.


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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 9 Oct 2023 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 13 Nov 2023 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 4 Dec 2023 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 week full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

Important dates

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