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Ship's Cook Training Course

The General Purpose Cook course is designed for persons who are formally qualified as cooks but wish to learn additional skills and pursue a career in the merchant shipping. The training provides knowledge in sea safety and basic seamanship skills, which will enable cooks to serve effectively onboard vessels. The course covers skills as deck watch rating 2 and basic sea safety training prior to joining a ship. OBJECTIVE This course aims to provide a qualified cook with the skills and knowledge of basic seamanship and safety on board a vessel in addition to the cooks primary responsibility of providing catering services for the ships crew. OUTLINE 1.    Deck The General Purpose basic seamanship training ensures that the competency units Comply with organizational and legislative requirements, Contribute to safe navigation, Maintain the safety and security of the vessel, operate a small vessel and Operate and maintain outboard motors. The course units include:

•    Basic Seamanship

•    General Ships Knowledge

•    Watch keeping

•    Deck, Machinery and Equipment

•    Deck Duty

•    Outboard Motor 2.    


Cook Ships’ cooks should acquire during their education or training from a recognised institution, the recommended qualifications as cooks. Their qualification as cooks should enable them to know how to store and handle food hygienically thus preventing people from falling ill from the food served on board Cooks responsibility on board will also require them to manage galley operations, including both the procurement of supplies and practical food production. 3.    


Basic Safety Training Ship's Cooks are also required to complete STCW Basic Sea safety training. This course is designed to meet the minimum professional requirements of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, Chapter VI, Table A – VI/1-1 to VI/1-4 and is based on the guidelines of IMO Model Course 1.12, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20.  The basic safety program consists of:

•    Personal Survival Techniques

•    Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

•    Basic First Aid

•    Personnel safety and social responsibility

•    Maritime Security awareness CERTIFICATES The trainee will receive a certificate of competency as General purpose Cook, which incorporates both Deck Rating 2, including their professional Cook qualification and a certificate in Basic Sea Safety training.




•    The candidate should at least be 18 years of age

•    The candidate should be able to swim and be medically fit to be a seafarer. MISCELLANOUS All candidates will receive a set of PMTC uniforms; one pair of trousers and a t-shirt. TRAINING DURATION Duration:  


Total of 6 weeks for GP Cook

•    2 Weeks initial SOLAS

•    4 Weeks Nautical Studies


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