MCA approved HELM Course - Operational Level



The curriculum of this course is specifically crafted to fulfill the compulsory training criteria concerning the human element, leadership, and operational-level management, as delineated in Regulations II and III of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). It aims to instill in students an awareness and comprehension of the pivotal human factors that shape effective resource management.


Participants will gain access to a toolkit and practical methodologies aimed at enhancing their proficiency in maritime resource management. Successful completion of this training is a prerequisite for obtaining the first Certificate of Competency (CoC) sanctioned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), satisfying the stipulations of Regulations II/1, III/1, and III/6.

Course content:

·       Situation and risk assessment: to understand the influence of a situation and risk assessment in the principles and practice of decision making at an operational level.

·       Situational awareness: how to acquire and maintain situational awareness and accidents and increasing safety margins.

·       Communication: how to recognise and apply best practice in communication, and be aware of barriers to communication and how these may adversely affect situational awareness.

·       Shipboard training: to understand the aim of shipboard training, the principles of learning and methods of developing human potential.

·       Culture: how to recognise and respond to cultural issues including cultural awareness and bias including national, organisational, departmental and personal cultural approaches.

·       Team working: to recognise team working models and conflict management style.

·       Leadership and management: to recognise and demonstrate effective leadership behaviors.

·       Workload management: understand the concept of task and workload management and be able to apply it. Recognising fatigue and stress in yourself and others, and developing strategies for dealing with them.


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