The programme of model training courses developed out of suggestions from a number of IMO Member Governments, following the adoption of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW 1978).

Assisted by contributions from various Governments, IMO has designed the series of courses to help implement this Convention and, further, to facilitate access to the knowledge and skills demanded by increasingly sophisticated maritime technology.

The courses are flexible in application: maritime institutes and their teaching staff can use them in organizing and introducing new courses or in enhancing, updating or supplementing existing training material.

The model courses each include a course framework (detailing the scope, objective, entry standards, and other information about the course), a course outline (timetable), a detailed teaching syllabus (including the learning objectives that should have been achieved when the course has been completed by students), guidance notes for the instructor and a summary of how students should be evaluated. Many courses include background information for students in a compendium. For some titles these compendia are sold separately from the course.

New courses, relating to the 1995 amendments to the 1978 STCW Convention, are currently in the process of preparation.

Tanker Familiarization (Model Course 1.01)
Specialized Training for Oil Tankers (Model Course 1.02)
Specialized Training for Chemical Tankers (Model Course 1.04)
Specialized Training for Liquefied Gas Tankers (Model Course 1.06)
Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting and Use of ARPA (Model Course 1.07)
Radar, ARPA, Bridge Teamwork and Search and Rescue (Model Course 1.08)
Radar Simulator (Model Course 1.09))
Dangerous, Hazardous and Harmful Cargoes (Model course 1.10 plus compendium)
MARPOL 73/78 - Annex I Model Course 1.11)
Elementary First Aid (Model Course 1.13 plus Compendium)
Medical First Aid (Model Course 1.14 plus Compendium)

Medical Care (Model Course 1.15 plus Compendium)
Personal Survival Techniques (Model Course 1.19)
Basic Fire Fighting (Model Course 1.20)
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility(Model Course 1.21 plus Compendium)
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (Model Course 1.24)
General Operator's Certificate for GMDSS (Model Course 1.25 Course + Compendium))
Restricted Operators' Certificate for GMDSS (Model course 1.26)
Operational use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)(Model course 1.27
Proficiency in Crowd Management for Passengers Ships and Ro-RO Ships (Model course 1.28)
Proficiency in Passenger Safety, Cargo Safety, Hull Integrity, Crisis Management and Human Behaviour Training on Passenger and Ro-Ro Ships (Model course 1.29)
Assessment of Training on Board Ships (Model course 1.30)
Maintenance Planning and Maintenance Execution (Model Course 2.01 and Compendium)
Advanced Fire Fighting Model Course 2.03 plus Compendium)
Maritime Law for Ships' Officers (Model Course 2.04 plus Compendium)
On-board Ship Administration (Model Course 2.05 plus Compendium)
Cargo and Ballast Handling Simulator (Model Course 2.06)
Survey of Small Craft (Model Course 3.02 plus Compendium)
Survey of Machinery Installations (Model Course 3.03 and Compendium)
Survey of Electrical Installations (Model Course 3.04 and Compendium)
Survey of Fire Appliances and Provisions (Model Course 3.05 plus Compendium)
Survey of Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements (Model Course 3.06 plus Compendium)
Hull and Structural Surveys (Model Course 3.07 plus Compendium)
Survey of Navigational Aids and Equipment (Model Course 3.08 plus Compendium)
Port State Control (Model Course 3.09)
Examination and Certification of Seafarers (Model Course 3.12 and Compendium)
Maritime Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator (Model Course 3.14 and Compendium)
Port Logistics (Model Course 5.02 plus Compendium)
Maritime Law (Model Course 6.08 plus Compendium)
Master and Chief Mate (Model Course 7.01)
Chief and Second Engineer Officer (Motor Ships) (Model Course 7.02)
Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (Model Course 7.03)
Engineer Officer in Charge of a Watch (Model Course 7.04)