Maritime Training Council

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The Maritime Training Council is a Philippine Government agency that is tasked to oversee Filipino seafarers. They regulate the activity of various maritime training centers in the conduct of their training. The MTC was established on May 1, 1984 on May 1, 1984 pursuant to Letter of Instruction 1404 dated 1 May 1984, to give effect to the International Maritime Organization’s Standard of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) for Seafarers 1978 Convention. The Maritime Training Council is attached to the Department of Labor and Employment.



  • Develop, formulate and prescribe standards of training for seafarers as prescribed by the convention.
  • Assist the ministry of education, culture and sports in regulating and supervising the establishment and operation of seamen training centers throughout the country;
  • Liaise and coordinate with international organizations particularly with the international maritime organization as regards the training , upgrading and qualifying seafarers;
  • Formulate rules and regulations to implement the STCW of 1978;
  • Prescribe and collect fees from the seamen training centers subject to clearance by the national tax research center and to be remitted to and will constitute as part of the seafarers welfare fund;
  • Undertake special programs/projects in furtherance of the objectives of training and upgrading of seafarers; and
  • Study, evaluate and recommend to the ministry of education, culture and sports the number and maximum enrolment of nautical schools to ensure that the graduates will have reasonable opportunity to be employed aboard ship after their graduation.

Accreditation Process

The training center will be required to submit a Letter of Intent. The letter will consist of the course to be accredited and other information. Upon receiving the leter the MTC will allow the training center to file for application. After qualifying, the training center will be notified of the date of inspection to verify and confirm conformance.

Prerequisites for Accreditation

  • Legal authority to conduct training.
  • Safe occupancy of all buildings and structures used or occupied for training and related services.
  • Compliance with safety regulations required by the government as prescribed under MTC Memorandum Circular No. 04, Series of 1996.
  • Measures to ensure the personal safety of trainees enrolled in hazardous training, including provision of a “group insurance scheme”.
  • Accessibility to medical services at the training sites and classrooms as prescribed under MTC Memorandum Circular No. 04, Series of 1996.
  • Library facilities.
  • Plan of training site.
  • Certification of ownership of building or lease contract.
  • Payment of the required filing fee.
  • Administrative requirements as prescribed under MTC Memorandum Circular No. 18, Series of 1996.




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