About This Course

The HELM O (Human Element, Leadership and Management) 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 Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

HELM ‘O’ training course is a prerequisite for the 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.

What We Cover

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

The HELM ‘O’ 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 behaviour.
  • 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.

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.

Course Information

Course Dates

Please see the bottom of this block for current dates or phone us on  01752 770589.


Course Duration

3 Days

Course Cost

£500.00 (Inc. VAT)


Pre-Course Requirements

Candidates must be over 18.





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