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.