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Becoming a Captain or Chief Engineer is not necessarily the only pinnacle of your career in the maritime industry. The seafaring world has so much more to offer, even on land.

With the continuing advancement of the maritime industry, the demand for services, labor, and manpower has drastically grown in all sectors and trades involved in shipping. Some of the most popular choices for vacationing, retiring, or redirecting seafarers are in the fields of maritime education and training, ship/port operations and management, and ship surveying and inspections.

If you would like to get into maritime sectors other than on board careers, you can avail of the different training courses and graduate school programs that are offered in the Philippines. These can give you an edge; after all, as seafarers, we are and will always be contractual workers. We need to take a step further as maritime professionals in a very unpredictable industry.

IMO Model Course 6.09 (Training Course for Instructors)

Training providers:

This 10-day course is a requirement for seafarers who want to get into maritime education. Anchored on the strategies and techniques in facilitating classroom instructions, the course focuses on the delivery of training required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).

IMO Model Course 3.12 (Training Course for Assessors)

Training providers:

In order to take this course, a seafarer must first complete his 6.09 training. Although this may not be a minimum requirement for maritime instructors, those with 3.12 certificates are at an advantage when they apply to Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs).

Also a 10-day training, IMO Model Course 3.12 trains the participants on how to administer, supervise, and monitor training and assessment of maritime students and seafarers. More specifically, it delves into methodologies on selection and organization of assessments.

IMO Model Course 6.10 (Train the Simulator Trainer and Assessor)

Training providers:

National Maritime Polytechnic

Philippine Association of Maritime Training Center Inc. 

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Training Center

For seafarers who want to teach courses which use simulators as a tool for teaching, learning, and assessing, this 5-day course is a requirement. It tackles the pedagogy and psychology of simulator training and explores the different techniques in using it.

Many maritime schools and maritime training centers (MTCs) put a premium on applicants who hold a 6.10 certificate as majority of courses in MHEIs and MTCs now use simulators.

Master in Maritime Education

Program providers:

Asian Institute of Maritime Studies

John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Graduate School

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School

The Master in Maritime Education program is geared towards professional development of MHEIs’ academic personnel by training them to be more competent and proficient in the theories, principles, and techniques involved in educating students. This program also involves thesis writing.

Those who are holders of this degree have higher chances of getting higher positions in academe which involves deanship and directorship.

Master in Ship Management and Administration

Program providers:

Asian Institute of Maritime Studies

John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University Graduate School

Philippine Merchant Marine Academy Graduate School

This program deals with contemporary issues of the maritime industry in terms of manning and shipping. It explores maritime law, economics, research, and management.

Master’s degree holders in Ship Management have the edge in terms of holding managerial and administrative positions in manning agencies and port facilities.

Master of Science in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering

Program provider:

Maritime Academy in Asia and the Pacific Graduate School

Vertically articulated in the bachelor’s degree, MAAP takes pride in being the first provider of these programs which train its students to be qualified and competent Marine or Technical Superintendents.

The maritime industry does not work like a vacuum where there is only one way to go. Countless opportunities are available in sectors where competition relatively not as high as compared to getting on board. With all these in place, I hope we all grow professionally in whatever sector of shipping industry we choose to stay in.

See you in growth, mga kabaro!

Elijah Jose Barrios

Elijah Jose Barrios is a 24-year old Third Officer, Teacher, and Course Developer. He advocates for child literacy and youth empowerment through his involvement in different organizations.  He considers himself an appreciator of any form of art and usually puts all his realizations into writing.