The Whitsunday Maritime Training Centre (WMTC) has found such an enormous demand for its Certificate of Safety Training Course that they have just added another course to the schedule for 12-18 December.

This STCW95 Certificate, issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, is an essential pre-requisite for everyone seeking work in the offshore oil and gas industry or on an Australian registered vessel. It is also a recognised international certificate for obtaining work as a crew member on most of the world’s superyachts. There are only thirteen AMSA approved Registered Training Organisations (RTO) in Australia with only three in Queensland. The WMTC have found they have students travelling from all over Australia to complete the STCW95 AMSA endorsed course.

With the massive demand for workers in the Oil and Gas industry in Australia and South East Asian waters, there are more people needing certification to work on the vessels servicing these off shore industries. Vessels provide such services as rig moving, rig supply and subsea operations along with crewing on vessels and rigs, oil and gas consultancy and planning and vessel management. Around 1500 Maritime Union of Australia members are at work in the Timor Sea, off the North West Shelf and in Bass Strait alone. The Gladstone Ports Corporation also has dynamic growth projections and the increasing annual capacity is driving massive employment growth in the shipping industry.

Course trainer John Lynch says, “the shipping industry is facing a worldwide critical shortage of qualified seafarers. Companies do not have enough supply of mariners to meet current and future demand and crews are coming from New Zealand, Britain and Europe. Companies are looking for electricians and diesel tradesmen, deck officers, marine engineers and chefs with internationally recognised qualifications.” AMSA has developed a career path to assist those already on coastal vessels to make the next step to larger shipping.

The course includes modules on Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting and Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques and is full time for seven days. The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and proficiency in various emergency situations and survival at sea scenarios. Bookings are essential as the maximum class size is 12 students.

For more information go to or call Kaye on 07 4946 6710.

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