STCW standards

Degrees and certificates issued by the Antwerp Maritime Academy are fully compliant with STCW-standards (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). These standards were drafted for the first time in 1978 and subsequently amended in 1995 (STCW ‘95). The purpose of the STCW ‘95 is to enhance safety at sea and to protect the marine environment.

The STCW ‘95 had to be legally integrated in maritime education by 2002. The Belgian Ministry of Mobility and Transport monitors and regulates the STCW ’95 and requires the implementation of a Quality Management System. Compliance with the STCW ’95 is by way of an ISO 9001:2008 certificate issued to the Antwerp Maritime Academy by Det Norske Veritas.

On 1 January 2012 substantial modifications to the STCW Convention and Code came into operation. The modifications were adapted during a conference in Manila, for which reason they are called the "Manila Amendments".
The modified STCW-standards are implemented in our training programmes since the academic year 2012-2013.

Students completing the Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Sciences are awarded the STCW Operational Level (STCW II/1.

The STCW Management Level (STCW II/2) is a modular part of the Master’s programme.

Students completing the Bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering are awarded the STCW Management Level (STCW III/2)

The Operational Level permits the student to reach the position of 2nd officer, while the Management Level permits the student to undertake a career leading to the position of Captain (Master) or Chief Engineer.

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The Antwerp Maritime Academy was among the first colleges to be awarded an ISO 9001:2008 quality certificate.