Holland College is the provincial community college for the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). The Holland College Marine Training Center (HCMTC) is located in the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, just minutes from the Confederation Bridge.
The Center has been providing Transport Canada-approved training to the marine industry for more than three decades. In addition to the full range of certification from deckhand to master mariner, the center offers a number of specialized courses and customized training. HCMTC has built an international reputation on quality and flexibility. Holland College-trained mariners are currently crewing vessels of all kinds -- petroleum tankers, passenger ferries, container ships and offshore supply vessels -- throughout the Atlantic region and around the world.
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STCW: Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping
STCW Code History: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a convention to improve the worldwide standards for safety and training of professional mariners in 1978. The Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention established a code adopted by many nations on July 7, 1978 and was named the Seafarers Training, Certification, & Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. Subsequent conventions were held in 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997 to update & revise the code. The amended code (STCW 95) is named for the year that it was accepted by the IMO and it's signatory countries.
Purpose of the STCW Code: The Code was established to set certain minimum international training standards for professional mariners. The level of certification and training you are required to have is based on the capacity you serve in & the type of vessel you work on. All professional mariner certifications must be STCW 95 Compliant with the exception of U.S. mariners working exclusively on inland waters or domestic near coastal waters on vessels up to 200 gross tons waters, which are exempt from the STCW requirements.
Campus Location: Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Legal Recognition / Accreditation: Public Institution Recognized under a Public Act. Enabling Legislation: Holland College Act, R.S.P.E.I. 2000
Memberships/Affiliations: Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)