Proficiency in Medical Care (STCW)

Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on board Ship (STCW A-VI/4-2)

This 5-day course is for seafarers designated to take charge of medical care on-board ships and for those requiring certificates of competency.


About the course

The Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship is a component module for the MCA Master 500 certification. It is a natural progression from the MCA Proficiency in Medical First Aid course, and is designed for anyone who has responsibility for medical care on board.

The module will give the candidate knowledge of medical care at sea together with the confidence that will allow them to deal safely with any situation.

The course is classroom based and contains both theoretical and practical elements.

Training towards:

Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)


This course is designed for those who will assume responsibility for the provision of medical care onboard. You will revisit the lessons learnt on the Medical First Aid course, build on them with some more complex techniques and learn how to stabilise and care for a patient whilst waiting for further medical assistance.

There are 3 learning outcomes identified by the Merchant Navy Training Board for this course:

  • OUTCOME 1: The learner understands how to participate in the co-ordinated provision of medical care to a person onboard.
  • OUTCOME 2: The learner is able to assess and provide care to an ill person onboard.
  • OUTCOME 3: The learner is able to assess and provide care to an injured casualty onboard.

You will cover the following:

  • Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator
  • Airway management and oxygen therapy
  • Trauma assessments and methods of managing blood loss with medication as well as first aid
  • Patient assessments – taking and interpreting vital signs, conducting a systematic physical examination and communicating with shoreside medical services.
  • Developing treatment plans to keep a patient stable until definitive medical help can be accessed.
  • Developing care plans to care for someone who is ill or injured onboard for prolonged periods and recognise deterioration and escalate as needed.
  • Wound management to include suturing, skin staples and steristrips
  • Administering of medications via multiple routes including drawing up and giving injections.


There is both an oral and written examination by an independent examiner.

What’s included?

The course price stated below includes all food and accommodation for the duration of the course, where you will be accommodated on site at UKSA in a shared twin occupancy en-suite room. Depending on availability you can upgrade your accommodation to a single occupancy en-suite room for an additional £20.00 per night.

If you would prefer to book the course non-residentially the course price will be £760.00 (this price still includes lunch).

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship 07/10/2024 11/10/2024 £840 £1,060
Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship 07/01/2025 11/01/2025 £840 £1,060

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