MCA approved HELM Course - Management Level



This course aligns with the most current mandatory standards for approved training in human element, leadership, and management at the management level, ensuring attainment of requisite competencies.


Typically tailored for technical officers enrolled in an accredited education and training regimen leading to Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certification as:


·       Chief Mate or Master for vessels of 500 gross tonnage or higher.

·       Second Engineer Officer or Chief Engineer Officer for vessels propelled by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or greater.

It satisfies the mandatory criteria pertaining to bridge resource management, engine-room resource management, and the application of leadership and teamwork skills, as stipulated in:


·       Tables A-II/2 (for Masters and Chief Mates on vessels of 500 gross tonnage or more).

·       Table AIII/2 (for Chief Engineer Officers and Second Engineer Officers on vessels propelled by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW or more) of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), incorporating the Manila amendments.

Completion of this training is a prerequisite for obtaining a management level Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued by the MCA, contingent upon meeting the requirements of Regulation II/2 and III/2.

Course Content:

Students will be able to control the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level through the use leadership and managerial skills to ensure that:

·       The crew are allocated duties and informed of expected standards of work and behaviour in a manner appropriate to the individuals concerned;

·       Training objectives and activities are based on assessment of current competence and capabilities and operational requirements;

·       Operations are planned and resources are allocated as needed in correct priority to perform the necessary tasks;

·       Communication is clearly and unambiguously given and received;

·       Effective leadership behaviours are demonstrated;

·       Necessary team member(s) share an accurate understanding of current and predicted vessel state and operational status and external environment;

·       Decisions are most effective for the situation;

·       Operations are demonstrated to be effective and in accordance with applicable rules.


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