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SOLAS Training: A Requirement for All Aspiring Seafarers

Filipino men are generally good providers. They always strive hard to ensure the safety of their families and to cater to all of their needs. This is one of the reasons why most of them pursue a career in the maritime industry -- because of the good remuneration. So how to become a qualified seafarer? Before anything else, aspiring sailors are required to complete the SOLAS training.


What is SOLAS?

SOLAS stands for Safety of Life at Sea. This basic safety training (BST) is required before you can land a job as a seafarer. Without this training, you are not allowed to sign a contract for a job in a vessel.


Requirements for the SOLAS Training

Applying for SOLAS is easy. But first, you must have the following requirements:

  • An advanced payment and a reservation for a slot in the training.
  • A high school diploma
  • A valid ID (Driver’s license, Voter’s ID, Passport etc.)
  • Good physical health. The SOLAS training can be physically demanding
  • A medical exam and a medical certificate from a trusted clinic


Where Can You Train for SOLAS?

Enroll at a reputable maritime school in the Philippines that offers SOLAS training courses duly recognized by the following government agencies:

  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
  • Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Maritime Training Council (MTC)
  • Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


What Does the SOLAS Training Include?

During the SOLAS training, you’ll learn about Personal Survival Training, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety and Social Responsibility.

After you have completed the SOLAS training, the next step to fulfilling your maritime career would be to start searching for sea-based job opportunities from POEA-licensed agencies in the Philippines. Visit, the leading online career portal for maritime jobs in the country and kickstart your maritime career now!


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