MCA Human Element Leadership and Management – Operational Level Certificate
From 1 September 2013, anyone applying to the MCA for a Certificate of Competence will need a HELM certificate in addition to the existing requirements. There are 2 levels of HELM; Operational level (3 day course) and Management Level (5 day course).
Which CoC needs the HELM Operational Certificate
This full list of qualifications needing the HELM Operational certificate is available on the MCA website. Included in the list are:
Master 200 – OOW 500
OOW Yachts less than 3000GT
Yacht Engineer Y4 and Y3
Engineer Officer of the Watch
Master (Tug less than 500GT and 3000GT) Near Coastal
If you are applying to the MCA for the above qualifications you can do the 3 day HELM (Operational Level) course instead of the longer Management level course.
SeaRegs Training is approved by the MCA to offer the 3 day HELM (Operational) course from our Plymouth, London and Rome based classroom.
Seafarers booking onto this course are required to provide evidence of their time at sea, relevant to their chosen career route.
Shore side staff can attend the same HELM (Operational) course as those working at sea, there are no pre qualifications for shore side staff to attend this course.
Click here for a list of dates. We also offer a tailored service if our scheduled dates do not fit with you.
Master 200 preparation courses
MCA NoE MCA Notice of Eligibility for Masters/OOW (MSF 4343)
MSN 1858 Details the Master 200 and higher qualifications (replaced MSN 1802 June 2015)
MCA NoE MCA Notice of Eligibility for Engineers (MSF 4278)
Course objectives include
Identify good practice in shipboard human resource management.
Identify the importance of the ‘human element’ in shipboard operations.
Apply the underpinning knowledge of related international maritime conventions and recommendations, national regulations, and codes of practice and guidelines covered in other mandatory units when controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level.
Apply the elements of task and workload management, including planning, co ordination, allocation and prioritisation of human and physical resources when controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board.
Apply effective resource management techniques with regard to: Allocation, assignment and prioritisation of resources; use of effective communications on board and ashore.
Use of assertiveness, leadership and motivation principles
Identifying and considering generated options including the decision-making process; and
The influence of culture on decision making;
Selecting a course of action; and evaluating outcome effectiveness.
Manage fatigue and stress with regard to:
a) Causes and effects of fatigue;
b) Causes and effects of stress;
c) Relation between fatigue and stress;
d) Identifying signs and symptoms of stress and fatigue; and
e) Developing stress and fatigue management strategies to prevent stress and fatigue from affecting safety.
Contribute to shipboard training, learning, assessing and developing human potential with regard to:
a) Formal and informal learning;
b) Learning from mistakes;
c) Continuous professional development; and
d) Shipboard training, learning, coaching, mentoring and assessment.