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Recommended training, certifications or courses for aspiring stew?
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 8:24 AM
Joined: 17/12/2012
Posts: 3

I plan to take the STCW 95 in Febuary but curious if theres any other recommened certifations to get or classes to take. I don't have any experience in the hospitality industry so I was hoping for some ideas. Also a captain friend suggested getting a TWIC.... Would this be helpful in my career?
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:54 PM
Any extra ticket you can obtain is helpful. But it depends what you want to do and how far you want to extend yourself in this industry. The TWIC isn't a necessity as most people don't even have one. It's only really needed if you want to obtain your captains license, but it doesn't hurt to try for one. Consider getting your ENG1. There are two places in the US, one in Newport and the other in Fort Lauderdale. Be careful in schools as they often push you to take way more courses than you'll ever be able to use, and before you know it, you'll have spent all your money and wont have a place to live. Again, as far as a TWIC, it's only real purpose is to give you un escorted access to shipping ports, ones which yachts will probably never visit. Best of luck!
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