Human Element, Leadership and Management – Operational Level – HELM (O)

The Human Element, Leadership and Management (Operational Level) course is designed to meet the mandatory requirements for training as set out in Regulations II and III of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Helm (O) training is a prerequisite for a first Certificate of Competency (CoC) issued by the MCA meeting the requirements of Regulation II/1, III/1 and III/6.

The course provides students with awareness and understanding of the key human factors influencing effective resource management. Students will acquire and develop tools and practical skills to enhance their maritime resource management capability. 

Pre- Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 18.

Course Content

The course will develop knowledge and skills to address:

  • Situation and risk assessment: to understand the influence of a situation and risk assessment in the principles and practice of decision making at an operational level.
  • Situational awareness: how to acquire and maintain situational awareness and accidents and increasing safety margins.
  • Communication: how to recognise and apply best practice in communication, and be aware of barriers to communication and how these may adversely affect situational awareness.
  • Shipboard training: to understand the aim of shipboard training, the principles of learning and methods of developing human potential.
  • Culture: how to recognise and respond to cultural issues including cultural awareness and bias including national, organisational, departmental and personal cultural approaches.
  • Team working: to recognise team working models and conflict management style.
  • Leadership and management: to recognise and demonstrate effective leadership behaviours.
  • Workload management: understand the concept of task and workload management and be able to apply it. Recognising fatigue and stress in yourself and others, and developing strategies for dealing with them.

Course Delivery

Classroom teaching is mixed with practical exercises to consolidate the skills and procedures taught in order to achieve the required standard.

Assessment and Certification

The HELM (O) course is continually assessed.

On completion of the course you will receive the HELM (O) STCW(tables A-11/1, A-111/1 and A-111/6) certificate.


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HELM O Course Dates

There are currently no scheduled dates for this course. if you would like further information about the course or to discuss future course dates then please phone us on 01752 770589

Officers on watch - HELM (O) Training Course

Course Cost

Course Fee (Inc. VAT) £400.00


Course Duration

3 Days - 0930 - 1630

Approved By

MCA Approved HELM (O) Training Course

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