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About HELM Training


A comprehensive review of the 1978 STCW Convention culminated in a Conference of Parties to the STCW Convention, held in Manila, in June 2010. This Conference adopted a significant number of amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code. Amongst the amendments was the requirement to introduce mandatory training in resource management, leadership and teamworking skills at operational level, and leadership and managerial skills at management levels.

Who the training is aimed at

Human element leadership and management training at the Operational Level (section 2), this training is required by those seeking certification under:

a) STCW Regulation II/1 – officers in charge of a navigational watch on seagoing ships of 500 GT or more (ie. OOW);
b) STCW Regulation III/1 – officers in charge of an engineering watch in a manned engine-room or as designated duty engineers in a periodically unmanned engine-room (ie. EOOW);
c) STCW Regulation III/6 – electro-technical officers.


Human element leadership and management course at the management level (section 3), this training is required by those seeking certification under:

a) Regulation II/2 – masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more;
b) Regulation III/2 – chief engineer and second engineer on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 750kW propulsion power or more.

Human element leadership and management training operational level

Objective of HELM Training

Glasgow Maritime Academy LLP delivers Human element leadership and management course every week. The course has been approved by Maritime coastguard agency and certificate will be issued on their behalf.

The overall aim is to provide masters and officers with the necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to safely and efficiently manage the ship’s resources and personnel.

​After the HELM training the delegates will be able to

Develop a set of core leadership qualities that have a positive influence on safety culture in the shipping industry

Identify both constraints and enablers for bringing about improvements Develop guidance material to assist in improvement of safety leadership

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 behaviours.

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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