How to Become a Seaman in the Philippines – Requirements, Training, Salary and Jobs Hiring

I know there are many Filipinos who want to be seaman or seafarer or mariner because of great benefits and high salaries. In this page, I discuss how to become a seaman in the Philippines. How much is the salary of seaman, how is the training and where to apply for jobs at companies hiring seamen, seafarers, maritime jobs and sea-based jobs for qualified crew.

Seaman Basic Training Course in the Philippines

In order to become a seaman, the first step is to have the basic seaman training (also known as BST). As a beginner, you need to take the STCW 95. This is the basic training and term used worldwide for seamen and seafarers entry level to work on boats, yacht or ships over 24m here and abroad. When you completed this training, they will give you a certificate and this will serve as a license to go forth in your seaman and maritime career.

Before you get the STCW95 certification, in the Philippines, you need to complete and pass a 7-day training and course which covers the following:

  • Sea Survival Techniques
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • First Aid
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

You must enroll at schools and colleges offering these maritime training and courses. Make sure you enroll only at trusted training centers and schools approved and accredited by Maritime Training Council of the Philippines.

How much is the Basic Seaman Training in the Philippines?

Usually it costs around P4500 or above (price may vary after the date of this post)

Seaman Requirements to Work Abroad and Overseas

After you have gotten a BST certificate, there are still requirements for you to work and be employed by a shipping company, yacht or go on cruise and overseas. A seaman needs the following:

  • BST or STCW 95 Certificate
  • Seaman Book
  • Passport

If you don’t have a seaman’s book yet, you really need to get one as this is very important just like your passport. The seaman book is stamped every time you go on board or employed in a ship or marine vessel. This is also required when you apply for a visa to work abroad.

If you want, you can read ‘how to get a seaman’s book in the Philippines’ for your reference.

Once hired, you need to register at POEA to become an official and registered Filipino Seaman. You may need your employment contract and the documents mentioned previously. They will issue you an SRC (Seafarers Registration Certificate). Another document required before you start working on board are transit visas. Your employer will assist you in getting one.

how to become seaman philippines requirements

Seaman Salary in the Philippines

For starters, salaries ranges from P20,000 – P25,000 depending if the company allows salary deductions. That is just the starting salary. Once your seaman level is upgraded or you have gone another training or you are promoted it goes higher. Some seamen receive as much as P60,000 or P150,000 depending if the company is huge like a big European shipping line or a famous cruise ship for luxury travels.

Salary and benefits differ depending on the positions like chief officer, chief mate, second mate, third mate etc. Some positions also pay triple the basic salary like wheelhouse, master, able seaman, harbor pilot and the like. Majority of companies offer paid vacation leave.

Agencies hiring seaman in the Philippines include Magsaysay Maritime, Career Shipping Co. and Maritime. Some POEA accredited seaman schools also offer seaman jobs.

BSMT and BSMarE in the Philippines

The meaning of BSMT is Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation while BSMarE means Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. In order for you to have a full degree in your maritime career, you may take any of these courses especially if you are aspiring for officer positions and higher ranks.

Related articles:

How to become a Philippine Navy: Requirements for Enlisted Personnel and Officers

List of Seaman and Maritime Schools in the Philippines Accredited by Marina and CHED

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269 thoughts on “How to Become a Seaman in the Philippines – Requirements, Training, Salary and Jobs Hiring”

  1. good day po pasakay po ako ng fishing vessel pag iiponan ko sana ung Bsmt kung sakali pobang ga graduate po ako ng ang idad kopa ay 29 d po kaya ako mahirapan mag apply o cadete sa barko OS or AB ok na sakin

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  2. Good day po maam/sir magtatanong lang po about sa kapatid ko nag aaral po sya ngayun nang BSMT sa mindanao 2nd year na po sya bali bago matapos ang 4 years eh 31 na po sya non….may pag asa pa po bang makasakay nang barko?ilang taon po ang age limit nang sasakay nang barko…..salamat po

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  3. Good day. I would like to request for your help. I’m 22 years old and a graduate of BSMarine Engineer. In order for me to became a full pledge seaman i need to finish my apprenticeship. I have difficulty finding shipping company who’s accepting walk in for cadet apprentice. I already have all the papers needed and completed all training programs required. Thank you.

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  4. Good Day mga Sir/Maam,
    graduate po aku ng BS industrial technology major in electrical tech. also RME passer and meron na ding Basic Training seafarer and may working exp. na din currently tech. supv. sa BPO coompany. ask ku lng po kung saan po pwede mag apply ng cadet electrician.. hirap kase maka pasok puro engineers ang mga kinukuha.. hhe salamat po. God Bless

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    • gd day po mam and sir tanong lang po kong pwedi pa akong maqualified sa barko bilang electrician with 7 years total experience in abroad as electrician naging foreman narin sa ibang company sa idad kong 42 pwedi poba akong matang gap kahit mag apprentice kakapasa kulang po dito sa kuwait ng rme at tapos na contract ko sa February 2018 salamat po sa mga taong tumutulong sa mga sagot dito email

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  5. Good day! mga sir Bs Industrial Technology po aku major in electrical w/ RME licensed meron nadin po akung seamans book also passport. ask ku lng kung saan pwede mag apply in that qualification.

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    • tanong lng po. Panu po kayo naka take ng board exam? For bsit major in electrical tech?? Gusto ko po sana kumuha ng board exam kaya lng electrical technology graduate po ako? What are the process and procedures?

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  6. Gud day! ask lang din po kung ilang years validity ng apprenticeship certificate, graduate po ako last 2005 and nag aprentice po ako last 2007-2008 mgagamit ko po ba if mag apply po ako ngayn i’m 31yrs old na po.. thank you po sa sasagot! god bless…..

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  7. Hi po,
    Good day.
    Ask lang po, meron po ba kayong ma e rerefer sakin para po pwedeng maka apply ng apprentice ng BSMarE po first grad po from University of Cebu . I’m from Cebu po.

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  8. Gud morning PO…Ma’ am,,I’m Marklee De Jesus Abesamis PO,from nueva ecija PO..Graduate PO ako dis March ng ESLPME sa midway maritime foundation,Inc. here in Cabanatuan PO….mam,..I am applying for the Apprentice in your prestigious company…I am willing to wait Mam…Here my number PO mam 09097800693….THANK YOU VERY MUCH PO

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  9. Good day sir,I’m now running 40 years old this May 2017.Im currently working here right now in Doha Qatar as Personal Butler of one the member of the Ruling Royal family in Qatar Sheikh Al Thani.Matapos contract ko 2018 dto 2years contract.Im planning to re apply Sna sa barko before I was a Ass.Waiter in the cruiseship 2003 to 2005.And before that I have also working experience in the Food and beverage service sa mga hotel at fine dining Rest.Kaso 12 years ago pa last sakay ko,Is there any chance na pwede pa Ako matanggap?I stand at 6’1 in height and with a very good customer relation skills and communication skills.I hope you can help some advise.i will really appreciate it..thank you n god bless.

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  10. Good day po ma’am
    Isa po akong RME gusto ko pong mag trabaho sa barko, kaso nasa 43 years old na po ako, at first time ko lang kung salakali makakasakay ng barko, pwede pa po ba ko kahit 43 na ako?

    saan po meron Basic seaman training?

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    • Napaka Rami pong Maritime training center. Check mo po website ng POEA. For credited training center. And kuha ka narin poh ng US Visa. Na kadalasan hinahnap pati na passport..

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      • GOOD DAY,.tanong ko po kung pano po mag apply seawoman po welder po???sana po masagot nyo po tanong ko po..salamat po…

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  11. Hello Mam ang anak ko gusto mag aral ng marine enginneering or nautical course ngayong june 2017 ang edad niya ngayon ay 31 na pwede pa ba siya makahanap ng trabaho sa ship sa edad na 35-36 years old ?

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    • Pwede pa naman poh mam. Kaso mahihirapan na sya habulin yung oras at panahon sa pagkuha ng nga requirements and. Trainings other companies poh kasi have strict policy when it comes to age.

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  12. good day sir/ma’am im 29 years if age, married, tanong ko lng po san kung sa edad ko na 29 ay may pag asa pa o pwede pang mag apply sa pagbabarko,, graduate poh ako ng BTTE major in ELECTRICAL, salamat,

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  13. Good afternoon, Sir ma’am,
    I’m Ralston Agustin. Pwede po ba ako magaply as a welder sa shipping company. I have experience for two years welder in Saudi Arabia company Dar Almustawred. Age 41 years old . thanks mam sir.

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  14. Hello po maam/sir… i am 23years old now..at nakatapos po ako about s pag sseaman,nag try ako mag apply noon at ngayon nagttry parin..grumaduate po ako noong 2013 at til now wla paring agency ..may pag asa paba akong makasakay kahit na 3 years higit na akong nkagrad?

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  15. Hello maam/sir, ask ko lang po sa inyo kung halimbawa ay magte.take ako.ng course like bs-mt… pero 26yrs old na ako….pwede pa.kaya ako.makahanap.ng trabaho nyan?

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  16. hi sir/mam,

    please answer ,need ko lng advice, nagtatry ako mag apply ngayon for Electrician in interisaland, san po ba may magandang applayan, I’m 25yrs old , 5yrs exp. electrician, and i hve license in Registered master electrician,

    Thank you in advance.

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  17. Good Morning po,. SIR,MAM
    ako si ANTHONY ABUTAL nag tratrabaho po ako saudi gusto ko po sana maka pagtrabaho sa barko 47 years old na po ako. may chance pa ba ako makapag trabaho sinikap ko po namakakuha ng board exam sa Registered Master Electrican at pumasa po ako at may mga training naman ako sa safety like ng BASIC OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH -(BOSH) at marami pang iba base sa experience permit reciever din po ako sa oil and gas dito sa saudi ARAMCO ANG TANONG KO PO may pag asa paba ako maka apply dahil sa idad ko?

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  18. Sir/ Mam ,

    Jason Ray Tan po eto 17 years old
    nag aral po ako ng BSMT pero 1 year lang kasi hindi ako nakapasa sa medical, my findings kasi sa ECG test ako. Pero sa tingin ko naman sa sarili ko ok lang naman ako , hindi nga ako nakakaramdam ng kahit anong weaknes sa katawan. except lang po sa lagnat kasi sa tingin natural lang naman yan,
    pero ano po ang ma advice niyo sa akin, kasi gusto ko kasi talaga maging seaman kahit sa pilipinas man lang.

    pls. paki reply po … Thank you po.?

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  19. Maam/Sir . Please pakisagot po.tanong ko. Parang awa niyo na po. Nawalan po kase ako ng gana magseaman dahil natatakot po ko na baka bagsak ako sa medical. Nahawaan po ko ng T.B perp gumaling na po ako at may certificate pa. Na nagpaggaling ng 6mos. Makakaaakay po ba ako niyan? Tapos Malabo po mata ko. As in malabo po . Pero may salamin po ako. 2015 pa ako grumaduate pero di pa ako nasakay dahil takot ako dahil baka bagsak lang sa medical . Pls po pakisagot. marine engineering po ko 20 yrs old

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    • Mag try ka lang uli boss, ako po ay hindi seaman pero balak rin mag seaman.
      Ako rin po ay nagkaTB noon nalaman ko lang sa medical noong 2008 bumagsak ako sa medical nagpagamot ako after a year natanggap nanaman ako at employers interview at nagpa-medical pero ganoon parin bagsak ako sobrang dinamdam ko yon iyak talaga. Nag-resign ako sa trabaho dahil sa trabaho ko nga nakuha yon. Pati nga sa Pinas noon nahirapan ako kasi nga nakikita nila sa x-ray….
      Last December 2012 wala akong trabaho naisipan ko mag apply uli sa abroad. Natanggap ako at nagpa-medical pumasa at nakapag-abroad at nandito uli ako sa abroad second time ko na to.
      Try lang ng try boss????
      38 na ako ngayon pero naisip ko mag try naman sa barko di ko pa alam kung papaano at ano…, Siguro mag pipefitter ako mechanical maintenance technician ako dito ngayon at mechanical technology ang natapos ko, machinist ako dapat pero kulang naman ako sa experience, basta mag-try ako kung anong pwede sa akin. Dahil yon ang advice ng mga OFW na tumagal na dito sa Saudi, mas malaki daw ang kita sa barko at months lang makakauwi ka di kagaya sa mga karaniwang contract every two years ang bakasyon.
      Ok po yon lang po ang mai-share ko, salamat, good bless po sa ating lahat.

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  20. Good day po, magtatanong lang po kung pwede pa po ba ako maging isang seaman, ako po ay si emmanuel luna , 29 years old, may experience po ako as police officer for 4 years, gusto ko po malaman ang kailangan kong gawin o kailangan kong kumpletuhin para maging seaman. 09322021610 eto po ang cp number ko. Salamat po

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    • Aral ka nalang ulit ng BSMT or BSMarE, its never been too late pa para sa age mo kasi sa expi ko may mga classmate dn ako na line of 30s mga 1/2 year ka lng sguro dpnde sa dami ng maccredit na subjects mo, maganda kasi pag graduate ka after 1yr expi mo sa barko makkpag exam ka agad.

      Pero may mga kaibigan ako na di na nag aral, my mga requirements at ubod ng daming trainings na knuha at is p dun eh may backer. Yun nga lang kng di ka nakapag tpos ng bsmt or bsmarE tpos kng wala kng backer di ka makakasampa talaga. Pero kng graduate ka magagawa mo makipag sabayan.

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  21. Good Day Sir. Its a great pleasure to access to this site as regarding to your Deck apprenticeship program . I hereby write to apply to be part of your team as a Deck cadet. Im Marljo P. Sinacsi. Filipino. 19 years old. Im a fresh grad, completed Passport I.D and Seamans book. BT and SDSD COP certificate, Marpol, Deck Watch, and PSCRB. I’m a hard working person and willing to be trained, team motivation, good communication skills.
    I look forward to joining this prestigious company as Deck Cadet to learn more and gain knowledge and experiences and show my skills . I will promise to do my best , my duty as a Deck Cadet . heres my contact number and email . Thank you and Godbless. – +639101060662/+639163954300

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  22. goodpm, sana po masagot nyo po ang tanong ko,

    graduate po ako ng Electronics Engineering nung 2014, bali po 25yrs old na po ako, at ngayon darating na 2nd sem plano ko po mag-aral ng MArine Engineering, bali po matatapos ko po yung course ng 2018 (academics yun) wala pa yung on board, kung 29yrs old na po ako nun,

    ang tanong ko lang po? my overage po ba tayo? may nagsasabi po kasi na walang overage at meron naman nagsasabi na meron. confused po ako kaya ko po tinantanong.

    GOD BLESS

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  23. Hi po., I’m a fresh gradute of BSMT, May I ask if may na lalaman po ba kayo na mga companies na nag hohonor ng mga walk-in applicants? Wala kasi akong backer. Pls I really need help.

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  24. Yung slaray ba ng seaman, ooay lang kahit walang tatanggap ng allotment sa Pinas? example, every salary mo sayo lahat walang allotment sa pinas.

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  25. Gd day sir ask q lng po kng pde aq mg apply as ordinary seamen sa company graduate po aq ng bsmt kya lng last xperience q messman gstu q sna mlipat sa deck if my vacancy kau

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  26. Hello, ok na po lahat may compamy na ako isang traning and u.s. visa nalang. Joining as cadet but i have a problem. Wala akong TRB. Di kasi ako naka join sa seminar sa school dahil sa processing ko sa documents ko di ko naman alam gaano ka importante pala yung seminar na yun. Concern ko is dapat ba tlga na issued ng shool yung trb or makakabili lng ako at yun ggmitin ko. Nasa manila na kasi ako and yung school ko sa ibang lugar pa. Help po. Salamat

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  27. sir confirm ko lang kung pwede bang maging seaman kahit hindi graduate ng bsmt or any degree for seaman
    pero nakapag BST?

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  28. Hi, good day. Im a registered criminologist and 24y/o. What would be the easiest option for me to become a seaman?
    Is there a related job vacancies in the seaman profession?
    Do they have a program in which i wont need to spend some years back in college?
    Or do i really need to enroll to a maritime related course?
    Ofcourse, i would want to have a high paying job position.
    What would be my best option ?
    Pleasr help me.

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    • First question os do you have a BACKER? or you have that “SUPER INTELLIGENT” sad to say that seafaring industry runs like that. For me much better pursue being a good policemen that being a seafarer. Btw if you want still to pursue in seafaring industry dont go to private institutions (colleges and universitys’) you have a limited chance apply for academy like. PMMA or MAAP or NYK-TDG maritime academy for sure after your graduation you have work.

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  29. … hai im israel, taking up bsmt at mpc here in mindanao, is it ok to direct apply in international shipping company for my apprenticeship,,?

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  30. Sir nais ko lang po magtanong.. 2nd year BSMarE Student po ako.. Nakapag take na ako ng stcw or bt . matatanggap po ba ako or makakapagtrabaho sa barko dispite na malabo po ang mata ko.. ?

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  31. Good Morning, i’m graduate of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering course and i have a license now .

    i would like to apply seaman job as Marine Engineer, (related in my coarse field as a Mechanical Engineer ), but my question is HOW?
    -What first step?
    -Requirements?
    -Qualification?
    -Training?
    -and so on?

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      • Im not familiar what MechEng is. In a ship we have the officer level and support level if youwant to pursue working as a seafarer you maybe in a support level.

        In terms of training this trainings are general training which needed by everybody no exeption
        *Basic Training (former BST)
        *SDSD
        *Consolidated Marine Pollution
        Excluded those special training where it depends what kind of vessel your are joining.

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        • Aral ka nalang ulit bro. BSMarE dapat para madami ka ma credit na subject, like sa prof ko, 1year and half lang nya tiniis yung schooling, ayun degree holder ndn ng BSMarE nag take nalang ng mga major subects.

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          • Magtatanung lang po about taking bs mare graduate po ako ng mechanical engineering technology 3 year course plan ko po mag apply as fitter machinist sa barko after my contract here in Malaysia ofw po ako dito almost 8 years na machinist ang trabaho, just incase makapag experience po ako sa barko example 2 years on board, then mag aral ako ng bs mare yung apprenticeship ba na 1 year ay macridet ba sa experience ko. 30 years old na po ako ngayun.

    • Di na pwede maka exam sa marina ang mga licensed mechanical engineer. Pwede mag wiper hanggang mapromote maximum na electrician or fitter. Although mas maraming nalalaman yung mechanical engineer kesa marine engineer na chief engineer ang kaso manila ammendments na ang stcw ngayon eh.

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  32. Hello po, pano po king graduate po ako ng 4yr course na BSIT, tas gusto ko po mag take ng BSMT, sa tingjn nyo po gaano katagal para matapos ko yung pag take nung course? Thanks in advance po

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      • BSMT takes you 4 years (regular). I think just pursue your IT industry we have age limits i think 22 or 23 it depends on the company

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        • Hello. I am 18 years old po at balak ko pong mag take ng BSMT but wala ng open school around manila. tas nabasa ko pa na may age limit ang pag sakay sa barko so is it still possible kung mag tetake pa ako ng BSMT next year? Sana po masagot.

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  33. Good morning…may I ask po kung anong company po ang tumatangap ng on job training para po sa aking anak na magtatapos po sa kursong BSMT ngayong march 2016 God willing po….san po pwedeng mag apply para sa kanyang apprenticeship to complete his course…sana may ma i recomen po kayong company na tumatangap ng aprentice,,, maraming salamat God bless po!

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  35. Mga boss san po ba maganda magapply para sa mga first timer at hindi po ako marine gradute,, meron na po ako training ng BT, my seamans book na ako at my passport na po ako, san po ba maganda magapply para sa mga tulad ko na wala pa experience at ano po b dapat position na aapplayan ko… Plssss help po

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    • apply in academies PMMA – government scholar
      , MAAP – company sponsorship
      and
      NYK-TDG maritimeaacademy – study now pay later scheme

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  36. Good day po ask ko lang kong meron pa po ako pag asa maging seaman? license nurse po ako 31 years old na po ako…may pag asa pa po b ko maging seaman o marine welder gaya ng nabasa ko na may dati kayong trainee na nurse na naging seaman…pls reply thank u…

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  37. goood pm po tanung ko lng po ?required po ba sa isang seaman ang height.at magkanu po ang karaniwang tuition fee ng isang seaman?

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    • lahat nmn pwedeng mag enroll kahit anong hieght mo sa school namin. depende sa units kung ilqng units kukunin mo. pero sa school namin. di na lalagpas ng 16k/per sem. minsan pa nga 12k lang.

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      • Anong school po yan sir? Ska may age limit po b pra mgng sea man . Anong better BSMarE O yun isa po? May plan po kasi kpatid ko mg seaman next year

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  38. good day po maam and sir.. tanong ko lng po kung may alam po ba kayo na agency na tumatanggap ng mga walang sea experienced. i am 34 yrs old po. REE po ako..kumpleto na po papers ko. help me kung anong dapat kung gawin. salamat nang marami

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  39. may chance po ba maging seaman katulad ko na undergrad college, tpos nag TESDA ng airconditioning (transport airconditioning) at electrical (industrial)?do i need to go to school agian and take BSMT /BSMARE?or training na lang po? pls help me… Godbless…

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    • Kung balak nyo po maging officer sa barko kailangan nyo po mag aral ng bsmt or engineering. Pero kung ordinary seaman lang po at gusto nyong magamit yang otherskill nyo pwede po kayo mag training nalang para di masayang ang time.

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  40. maam sir good day deck seaferer lng kase ako 6 months may pag asa pa kaya ako mag apply ng barko sa abroad at saan ako mag apply nahihitapan na kasi ako mag apply kase nahhiya ako 6 months lang kace ako.,l., sana mag rply kayu sa masage ko,., gusto ko kasi my advice sa akin para malewagan po ako.,., tapos napo ako mag apprientis

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  41. Thanks! This will help me. I’m a student of PNTC and just a little step I will be a seaman. Your post gives me ideas what is a real world. Thank you!

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  42. Good day! ask ko lang po…I’m graduated of Electronics and Communication Engineer. Meron na po akong experience sa Philippines 4 years as Technical Engineer and now I currently work here in Saudi Arabia as Maintenance Engineer. after 4 months ika-2 years ko n dito bale end na po ng contract ko. pag kauwi ko po, im planning to apply courses for seaman.. bale ano po bang mga posisyon ang fit sa akin sa barko??? but also im turning 30 years old this year,pasok pa po ba age ko?? i hope your response

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  43. Is it possible for a high school undergrad to get an src? He’s been working as butcher for 7 years.please reply thank you:)

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    • Good day po. . Pki sagot nmn po possible b mkkakuha ng src ang under grad ng high school pero kumpleto training . . At desidido po mkapag trabaho khit ano position

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  44. Hi po mam nahihirapan po ako ngaun sa sitwasyon ko nkaonboard po ako sa yacht nung 2011 pero wala pa akong seamanbook non, ngkaroon lng po ako nung 2013 na, ung past year ba n wala pa akong seamanbook macocover parin ba un until nw? Sana po mbigyan nyo ako ng info maraming slamat po.

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  45. Good day! I just hope that you will response. I am now a education student. But i really want to become a seawoman just like my uncle. What are the basic or main qualifications to be one?

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  46. It’s not Basic Safety Training(BST) anymore, it’s Basic Training(BT) now. Oh and I would also like to add the Seafarers with Designated Security Duties(SDSD) as a mandatory like BT in the present. Cadets from the maritime schools undergo this training before they graduate. The time you graduate there’s tons of training to take before you get onboard so one must have a decent amount of savings before choosing a seafarer as a profession.

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  47. Ganda po ng mga post nyo ma’am dami nyong natutulugan. salamat po sa mga info at pagpalain po kaayo ang pamilya nyo…

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  48. hi poh graduate poh ako ng DHRM kumuha po ako ng seamans BOOK at BT gusto ko poh mkasakay ng cruise ship kso ang experience ko poh eh sa catering service lng anu poh kya dpat kong gwin para makasakay ng barko khit wla masyado experience 30 yrs old nrin poh ako…sana poh mtulungan nyo ako ng matupad pangarap ko para sa family ko thanks poh and GOD BLESS POH ALWAYS

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    • Hello on the current situation ngayon lalo na at may 23 schools na lang na napila ang MARINA mas mahirap ng magaaply lalo na at di pasok ang school nyo sa white list. Isa sa mga paraan ay mag experience sa interisland muna. Buti na lang may kilala akong nagppasakay ng interisalnd bago ako naginternational. lamang nako sa ibang fresh graduate. although nagutility pa rin ako pero at least on board nko as cadet. nahirapan din ako kaya naiintindihan ko yung mga bagong graduate. kung may maitutulong ako sa inyo yun na lang ang pasalamat ko sa nagyari sa akin.

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      • good evening po sr ma”am fresh graduate po ako ng marine transportation san po ba pwedi mag apply ng deck cadet yung murang bayad lang po sa intersiland salamat po

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    • 1. experience is the first requirement
      2. PTC is offering for persons like you in Royal Carrebean Cruise. Approval depends to their qualification needs.

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  49. Good Day pa ma’am! I am aspiring po to become a seawoman, and I pray to graduate po this march. Problem ko po kasi wala po akong backer. Pede po bang humingi ng tulong kung anong shipping companies po ang tumatanggap ng babaeng seaman as cadet po. Salamat po. Thanks in advance po. God bless!

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    • by the way po Im 18 yrs old and to be recognized of associate degree ng BSMT po. Pa help naman po kung anong best na gagawin ko after graduating.. kung anong company po aaplyan ko po. Salamat po.

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    • hi po im vheygie .. highschool grad lang po ako … at gusto ko po mging seaman … may mga training certificate na ako at seaman’s book … eto po ung mga requirements ko ..

      bt certificate with cop
      btoct
      marpol
      sdsd
      messman certificate
      deck watch keeping
      seaman’s book
      passport
      nbi
      no experience

      ask ko lang po if anung position ang pwede kong iapply para sa international .. na may salary po … thanks …

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      • ako nga 25 years old balak ko rin mag take ng marine course eh kung pwepwede pa, pero kung alangan na eh yugn 1 year course nlng kung meron??? sana pwede pa yung idad ko, sa backer la prob eh may mgakaibigan ako seman eh

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      • Baligtad tayo aq naman deck officer na nag entry sa pnp hehe.goodluck sa pagbabarko niyo. Tip lang wag niyo ubusin buhay niyo sa barko.

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  50. May nurse kami trainee license cya de niya nagamit so nag try siya mag training marine welder
    at naging successful siya his name Dave Icawalo find him facebook for his story from nurse to seaman fitter. so wag kau tigil mag apply until you get want you want.

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    • Hi po! Any idea if what would be the first training to take up if somebody wants to apply as a ships fitter? Not related to a seaman course graduate and also no idea about welding. So what would be the best training to take up so he will be qualified or he can apply as ships fitter? Hoping for any informative response. Thank You!

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  51. Good day po .. ask Ko lang po kung nakapagtake ka ng ships cook nc II eh chief cook ba agad posisyon mo..? Salamat po sa reply

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    • GUDEVENING, MADAM, IM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS CORPORAL OF THE AFP, PHILIPPINE MARINES…PLS…HELP ME IM SEEKING A REPUTED COMPANY FOR ME TO APPLY AS SHIP SECURITY OFFICER / MARITIME SECURITY OFFICER, AND WHAT ARE THOSE REMAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR ME TO SUBMIT…I DO HAVE SEAMANS BOOK, PASSPORT, NBI AND YELLOW CARD ALREADY….TY AND GODBLESS..

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  52. Hi nagtraining po ako sa tesda ng shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding at pipe fitting. .tan0ng ko lang kung pwede akong makatake nang bst at stcw95? Thanks po.

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  53. Good day,

    i just want to ask if is it possible for me to transfer on deck side as a ratings, im a messman before in container company. And those of my workm8 there was told me that YES you can. But what training should i need to take so that i will become a deck ratings. And where i can enroll ? Im living here at manila. Please i really need ur help cuz i dont want to be a messman again… i dreamed to be a deck crew …

    Thanks and regards!

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  54. Hi, I am from India. Study in Diploma in mechanical engineering.
    I want to settle in phillippance and searching for a job opportunity. There I found Seaman .
    What I should and what I need Qualifications to join it ?
    Did I need phillippance nationality ?

    And which area/filed best for me ?

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  55. Im 40 yrs old…im graduate of associate in marine engineering…i have no work experience as a seaman but i have experience in abroad, land base…..if my age accept for applying as seaman…how can i do?

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  56. How can we be considered as a seafarer. I’m very interested in this job. I graduated of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, And presently working as QC electrical inspector here in Saudi Arabia. What are other requirements aside from those enumerated above.

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  57. Good day! I am a mechanical engineer and experience diesel generator operation and maintenance for more than 5years already. Now, i am planning to work as a seaman. What is my chance of getting a seamans job? Do mechanical engineers has a place for employment as seaman? Please give me an idea. Thank you and God Bless!

    Reply
      • Try MAAP (maritime academy of asia and the pacific) in Bataan they are offering bridging program free of charge provided you pass their academic and physical test.

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  58. Good eve po
    Di pa po ako tapos ng high school pero pangarap ko n po maging seaman bata pa po ako tanong kulang po may scholarship po ba sa pagseaman at pano po tataas ang rango ko? Dahil gusto ko po kaagad maging kapitan.at sa cargo ship ko po gusto mag kapitan BSMT prin po ba to?

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  59. I am land base electrician i want to become seaman i have no ship.experience it is Possible i can apply my skills on a ship even i don’t have ship experience thanks i hope you will give some advice:-)

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    • Try to apply for electro cadet at Norwegian Training Center. If you are eligible and pass their requirements libre po lahat yan sila na bahala sa magemploy sa yo.

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  60. hi mam/sir….next year po im planning na umuwi na from taiwan…gusto ko po mag change career and want to be a seaman…particularly in entry-level seaman or cabin stewards..i know kukuha po ako ng 7-day training first but after that ano po ang next steps ko??..please help me po mam.thanks.God bless!!..
    p.s…im already 32 years old..is it not too late??

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  61. Good day,

    I am taking BSMT course in PMI Colleges-Bohol but I am already 24 years of age. Do I still qualify for this job after I graduate and acquire all the training? Please give me your words of wisdom. Thank you.

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  62. Gud pm maam/sir ask k lng if pwede po mkakuha ng src sa poea khit na undergrad ng highschool? Nkakuha na po me ng CAV red ribbon… Reply po maam/sir impt.lng po tnx po Godbless

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  63. gud a.m. hrm graduate po ako maam pero wala ako experience gusto ko po sumakay ng cruise ship mag work as a steward or housekeeping, hindi pa po ako kumukuha ng training kasi pra ma lessen yung gagastusin ko unless suggested ng agency, ano po ba ang dapat kung gawin kung hindi po ako makahanap ng work balak ko magtraining sa magsaysay as a housekeeping kahit may idea na ako sa ganitong industry ok po ba yun salamt maam..

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    • Since you are already HRM graduate, what you need now is a real job experience related to housekeeping if you want to apply as housekeeping staff. Work in a well-known hotel for a year or so and don’t resign even if you are applying abroad. Companies abroad usually need at least 2 years experience of related job. No need to attend training since HRM kana, degree holder kana.

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      • hi maam, good afternoon, may mga tanong po ako. graduate po ako ng b.s architecture and i’ve also passed my board exam last june 2013. now that i’m already an architect, but, not a full pledge architect dahil sa wala parin po akong swerte na makakuha ng mga projects, even one.
        actually, hnd nman po tlaga architecture ang gusto kong kunin noon, napilitan lang ako dahil gusto ng relatives ko, pero seaman tlaga gusto ko ever since bata pa ako.
        tanong ko lang po, pwede pa po kaya ako maging seaman despite sa pagiging arkitekto ko? what are the requirements, steps and how? i’m now 27y/o, 4yrs experience on related field, passport no problem.
        sana po matulungan po ninyo ako maam sa aking pangarap for becoming a full pledge seaman. thank you and GodBless!

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        • Yes, you can pursue it. Start by having BSMT, apply for seaman jobs, and upgrade your seaman career by attending more training. Another option is, take full degree related to it like BSME and just get the units you lack since you already have Bachelors degree (architecture)

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      • mam fehl ako po marketing graduate tanung ko lng po kong my position po b nun sa mga cruise ship?? gusto ko po sana maging seawoman ,,passion ko po talaga un.. 20 years old po ako fresh grad. currently employed in Makati as marketing assistant.. mam sana po ay matulungan nui ako.. salamat po

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  64. My husband is a seaman now aboard an intl vessel tho he is not a graduate of maritime courses but other course i just want to know if he can take prc exams to be an officer

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  65. my son is 9 kilos overweigjt than his normal. will this be basis for not giving him a fit to wotk ceficate as cadet on board? his body mass index is 37. please advise

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  66. hi im currently studying BS-Marine engineering, and im 27 years old now, i will be graduating next october 2015 am i still eligible to go onboard?

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  67. are RME preferred as electrician compared to REE on seafarer jobs??i’m a REE and looking to shift to seafarer job..hope you could answer my querry..thanks

    Reply
    • RME as in registered mechanical engineer? All shipboard electricians I know are BSEE or BSECE. So that makes you very eligible for the job. There are maritime institution and training centers that offer a program for shipboard electricians(electro cadets) libre po lahat yung training at sila pa bahala maghanap ng employer mo. Please check out Magsaysay and Norwegian training center.

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      • Sir. ECE graduate po ako and already 32 years of age, work here in Taiwan as preventive maintenance.My chance ba sir maka work sa ship?..any work will do to me..thanks

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      • I’m a registered mechanical engineer and I want to become a seaman, is there a possibility for me to become an engine officer even though I’m not a graduate of maritime school? Pa advice nman po.

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  68. I am Graduated With Bachelor of Science in information Technology,. 4 years course.. Qualified po ba ako to become a seaman??

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      • Hi sir Errol, first of all i was inspired when you mentioned that you became a seaman with that age 35. They told that its too late for that age to become a seaman but you keep going and now you have it all. Although you’ve encounter some obstacle but you never los hpe i salute you for having such outlook or looking forward and now ur successful. It says you reap the fruit of ur labor. Sir i would like to ask if i could still have a chance to pursue a career like yours, im now 1 year older than you? From village boy thank you.. And wait for your response.

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  69. Hi . Po gusto ko po sana mag seawoman . I am freshly gradute ng high school And want kong course ay BSMT actually wala po talaga ko idea sa subjects and kung ano pong ginagawa but pursigido po talaga akong sumampa sa barko .pwede nyo po ba kong tulungan malaman kasi next year pa po ako mag eenrol kasi nalate po ako . Para magkaron po ako ng idea at mapaghandaan ko narin po . Thank you po :))

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  70. Hi . Mag I-inquire po sana ako para sa BST (STCW95) . Tanong ko na rin po kung magkano ang bayad at kung kelan ang start ng class …

    Please reply ..
    Thank you

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  71. Good day po,Ma’m there is an age limit to become seaman as entry level with no experience in seafarer????? I am BS Electrical Engineering Graduate…..

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  72. good day,poyde mag appl ng seaman para makaworking experience sa barko,on that job if i have the opportunity,,for my family.i finish on dachelor of arts major in political science,,gusto kong magbarko.

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  73. good day, gusto ko lang po itanong if pwede pa po ba ko makapag apply as seafarer..kaso 37 na po ako and kaka uwi ko lang po galing sa saudi as sales associate land base.. wala rin po ako experiene sa pag babarko..ang fear ko kasi is bka mag take ako ng mga courses para sa mga certificates pero baka mabale wala lang dahil sa edad ko..ano po sa tingin nyo?

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    • Mahirapan ka parecoy,,puede yan lagayan..pero, baka nga mangyari yang sinasabimo. . Dapat may backer ka.. na mag pasok sayo.kami nga na matagal na nagbarko, pag mag applay sa ibang company, lalo na ratings,, tagilid parin.but u hav to try.. sugalan mulang.

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  74. Hi there, I would like to seek your assistance as to which maritime training institutes should I enroll for my basic safety training. I am afraid for some institutions with attached hearsas regarding training or even facilitating processing seamans buk. Would you recommend ncr or region4 based training ctrs? Or have any feedback on my planned training ctrs like magsaysay, femfi and nyk fil maritime? Thank you and more power.

    Reply
    • We have the complete list of Accredited Maritime Schools in the Philippines. See the Related Articles above for the link of the post

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      • thank you fehl i appreciate your reply, may i ask another one. would you know of positive feedbacks from some of them(or the ones i mentioned above) when it comes to training or processing of documents or other areas of training or securing certificates. thank you very much.

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        • The strategy I see from successful seamen is that they don’t stop climbing the ladder. What I mean by this is, once they go down from the ship and go home in the Philippines, they take another training and study to step higher ranks. I know someone who eventually achieved his dream, now he’s earning about 500,000 per month

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  75. Hi ma’am,

    I’m a graduate of BS Computer Engineer, and so happen that there is a great opportunity given by one of a Greek person in a known maritime company, but as far as I read through this forum, I found out that there is no specific degree to be a seaman?, correct me if I’m wrong, cause if that so I might pursue this new career..

    And also want to ask, what maybe a good position that can be relate to my course? sayang naman kc.. hehe sorry but actually nowadays working as an programmer or somewhat here in Philippines the rate is not good enough kung baga for survival.. sorry for the word and its hard to earn and save money for only 20k a month lalo na pag pamilyado kana.. and I see to it na most of the forums about being a seaman they have good story line but un nga sacrifice lang tlga from you love one.

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    • It depends upon the position you want to take. If you only want to work as a beginner, you can have the basic training and start from the lower positions. But if you want to pursue higher ranks, a degree is recommended like BS Marine Engineering and BSMT as mentioned in the article. I know seamen who only had basic training but it’s hard for them to be promoted unlike those who have the degree. A degree is always preferred in any career or work.

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  76. Hello, I am a fresh graduate of BSHRM. What I am going to do to work as a seawomen? I had a shipboard certificate. Pls help me. Tnx

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  77. im graduate in high school,,,,and i want to be a BSMT,but wala aqng sapat na pera para makapag enrol ng gamitong korso ,,,ano po va ang pwedeng course na mas mababa ,para makapag apply aq blang isang seaman someday

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    • Nowadays, companies prefer candidates with Bachelors Degree like Marine Engineering although you can opt to have BSMT and just have enough experience and training which will cost you some money too.

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  78. I graduated as BS Computer Engineer (2013) and has no requirements for seamen but I’m willing to complete those requirements given. my question, “Is there an opportunity for me to be an IT in a commercial ship? what is the other requirements that I need to have?” thanks a lot 🙂

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  79. hi gud day,i am a mechanical eng’g graduate and working as hvac technician locally employed.i also have experience working abroad in the same field,.is there also hvac and refrigeration job on ships.hoping for your response.thank you

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    • Actually there is an HVAC and refrigerations job on board ships but this responsibility falls on the hand of the 2nd engineer or electrician. I am also a Mechanical Engineer, I work as a Gas Engineer on board ships( gas carriers). Back then they mostly hire ME grads but now the requirements changed and they require us also to be Marine engineering graduates so we still need to go to bridging program (6months) and get a prc license .

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  80. to Miss Marifel Dungo and PMax
    i am a graduate of B.S. Marine engineering course and i earn my Top 5 of academic exellence at Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, a fresh graduate, I want to a apply job for my engine cadet position i completed the training of BT, SDSD, Engine Watch Keeping and PSCRB course, i have a seamans book, Passport, as well as the SRC can you please lend me a helping hand for finding a job appropriate for my certificates and travel documents

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  81. I am a Malaysian seaman and completed 36 month as engine rating,i wanted to get CoC in Malaysia WKE 750 and above unlimited. Unfortunately in malaysia only have WKE 750 NC only. So I am looking forward to get Unlimited CoC class 3 or 4 engineering in Philippines. Can you help and guide me how to do it? Is there any academy doing unlimited WKE courses and what is the requirements for foreign student to get it. Thanks in advance buddy

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  82. Hi Ma’am,

    I am a Registered ECE and has no requirement for Seaman.
    But I am planning to enroll or attend trainings to complete all basic requirements to become a Seaman.
    I had already 3yrs of experience on my field as an electonics engineer in Semiconductor Industry but then sad to say hasn’t any earned money and can’t help my family financially.
    That’s why I am thinking for a new career in other field– to become a seaman.

    My Question are;
    []what position can be suit on my profession if i will be a seaman?
    []is it easy to apply?

    Thanks in advance. 😀

    Best Regards,
    Joel Dg.

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  83. Steps to become apprenticeship overseas:

    1. BST(Bacis Safety Training Course) or Solas (old name) 1 week duration 8 hours a day.
    2. Semansbook
    3. Passport
    4. Travel abroad NBI
    5. SRC (Seaman Registration Certificate issued by POEA)
    6. TRB (Training Record Book from your school)
    7. COC (Certificate of Competency)
    8, Expenses

    forget the other certificate or trainings first.. the company will require you a certain training/seminars abide from the vessel/ship taking up too . To lessen the expenses.

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    • gud day sir about sa SRC,TRB, and COC paano po acksuhin yan kpg natanggap kn sa trbho or bgo ka muna mag apply sa agency n aapplyan mo kylngn meon kn ng mga yan? kasi sa’kin po kinukumpleto ko pa lng yung PASSPORT ko NBI, SEAMAN’S BOOK, BST ko. i need some advice kung anu po ang the best way mkpg apply sa barko TIA!

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  84. for those people wants to be seaman/seawoman but no experience or academic school earned, I suggest you to apply Steward/stewardes, Cook/Assistant Cook or Messman. Because you have a big chances to get hired by the shipping companies expecially cruise ship.

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    • Hi sir! I am a graduate of 4 year course, worked as dh in hongkong for almost 6 years. Right now im studying housekeeping to get NC 11 and scheduled BST on march 28 to april 5.my worried is my age im 38 years old now and no experience in cruise ship job do you think i still have a chance to work in cruise ship?please advise me thank u very much,

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  85. I am a graduate of Associate Degree of Marine Trasnportation (which is 3 year course) and 2 months left to end my apprenticeship here in the philippines. As of now, I am gathering information about working overseas as of my course . As my apprenticeship ends, I will enroll bachelor’s degree from my school (Concord Technical Institute Cebu City, popular but not university) for 2 months duration, After that, I will enroll maritime review center and to take PRC licensure exam for deck cadet OIC – Nav Watch (or 3rdmate)

    According to the shipping website, there are agencies that they will accept over age, because normally, they will hired ages 21-28 years old .. But for me, I don’t think that over age does matter for these courses as long as you have an excellent seamanship skills applied with an excellent character traits.

    Im 21 years old . Good luck to me .. if anyone shipping agency owner or referrer read my comment and have urge to hire me, then pls contact me with my email :aceboyexcalibur@yahoo.com and/or via cellular phone 09224326606.

    Bon Voyage everyone!

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    • sir.. kakarcognized ko lng as a bsmt.. ngayon po na enrol kona cadetship ko.. balak ko po sana. intrnational ang mskyan ko.. pwede po ba.. may baker po ako…25 na po ako kya po ba?

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  86. Good day all and to you Fehl,

    As I was going through with this post I’ve noticed lots of people want to become seafarers. Despite some of them had already a good job, while others were planning to change their career. I want to be honest with you guys regarding this profession of being a seafarer. With so many amendments in maritime industry at present it’s not easy anymore to get a job as seaman/sea woman. Changes like standardization of trainings and certificates under STCW, MLC, MARINA and even Shipping Company specific trainings. Point is yet now plenty of BSMT and BSMARE graduates were not lucky to even get at sea for this job. How much more for some of us here who is already 20 years near of retiring age and are planning to change our career path? Be satisfied of what we have now then we are happy 😀 Seafaring is a very tough and dangerous profession one cannot imagine. I am a Marine Engineer Officer of foreign LNG vessel for 10 years already. I started my career life at sea when I was 22 years old. If most of you think because seafarer earned lots of money and you would like to become one of them. Then we are all wrong, because being a successful seafarer/OFW is not on how big his salaries is, or what rank he/she has abroad, but on how at early age one has stop and retire at sea/abroad. Meaning he/she was financially stable already.

    As Philpad said to one of their article in this site invest our money wisely.
    Rules still apply INCOME – SAVINGS -EXPENSES not INCOME -EXPENSES- SAVINGS.

    For those who want this profession good luck and GOD bless everyone…:D

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    • Very well said. I salute your honest sharing here. I agree with you. I’m deeply moved that I want to include you as one of the people I want to interview here at Philpad. Will you take that honor? 🙂 If you read our interviews here, they are all inspiring people. I hope you contact me personally so I can chat to you about it. God bless!

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    • Good day.gusto q rin po mag apply as seawoman.pero highschool graduate lng po aq.pero may experience po aq as service crew here in kuwait.ask q lng po May height limit po ba?
      Thanks for your response..

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  87. Good Day!

    Hi mam just want to ask, I’m an IT graduate and I’m already 27 years old. I want to become a seaman but idont have any experience in the field.. after i got a seaman’s book can i apply to the manning agencies even though i dont have experience??please reply..thank you very much and godbless..

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  88. Hi Fehl,

    I just want to eludicate if I understand it correctly, my course is not related to any seaman course, all I need to do is to take stcw 95 training for 7 days, get a passport and seamans book. ” to become a seaman ” ( no ranking ). Thanks! Have a great one.

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  89. hi po, I already completed my 3yrs academic requirements degree in bachelor of science in marine transportation at mindanao polytechnic college gen.santos city. and 1year & 4days apprenticeship on board domestic. balak ko po sanang mag apply overseas kaso ang higpit ng competation..need po sila ng backer..

    merun po ba kayong alam na pwde kong ma applayan na tulad ko..nA wlang backer..

    thank you..

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    • ano po ba yung mga requirements o mga documents kapg sa housekeeping utility sa cruise ship sa jebsen po ako nagapply at di ko po alam yung mga docs na kelangan nila…meron na ko seamns book, passport, src, kelangan pa ba ng coc sa housekeeping,

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  90. hi ma”am..\sir..good day po..if i wil study a housekeeping course po ba sa tesda ..kahit months lang p un may chance po ba aq mag work sa cruise shipping lines..anu po ba ang mga procedures para mataggap ka sa pag apply at anu po ba mga requirements dito…thank u po..mag aantai po aq sa reply nyo..salamat po uli..

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  92. Hi im deck cadet aiza gallego and I already completed my 3yrs academic requirements degree in bachelor of science in marine transportation at technological institute of the philippines (T.I.P) and I also completed the practicum requirements for basic safety trainings…i just wanna ask about what are the steps to have an APPRENTICE SHIP so that I could have my sea service certificate to complete my 4yrs degree in maritme industry…please answer this…thanks and godbless!

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  93. Hi…i was hired as a cabin steward in a cruise ship..i passed all the interviews now i am working all the necessary documents as a seaman..but i was worried to my school records dahil po nag illegal closure sila ako po ay high school graduate lamang wala po ako makuhang record sinabi po ng former registrar namin ay nasalanta ng undoy at na demolish ang aming school kasama ang aming dokumento hindi ko po ito naasikaso nuon pa man dahil maaga po ako namulat sa trabaho…sana po ay mabigyan niyo ako ng advice kung anu ang aking maaring gawin..maraming salamat po…..

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  94. Hi!
    will there be any sanctions for a seaman in terms of his employment/deployment if he has a pending case whether at a barangay level or at the court?

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  95. hi good day i really want to know where to apply as a seaman (any position would do) i have my seamans book way back 2011 and havent been used since then.. i really want to.. but i dont know how to start.. im a nurse.. do i have any oppurtunity there? during my bst training and marina processing(getting my seamans book)i saw some people at kalaw they said they are offering jobs there.. pls could you tell some places where i could start… online or in manila. and give a word of advice for dreamers like me.. thanks again and God bless u

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  96. hi i am a call center agent and no other work experience and i want to switch career as seawoman.. do i have a chance? anyone who has an idea pls text me 09239922284

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    • If you meet the requirements why not? 🙂 You may also want to check out our latest post about how to become a Philippine Navy in case you wanna join the Navy in addition to applying for a seaman.

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      • your response is not that helpful, as i was expecting a little more tips and advise as a blogger who is knowledgeable about the maritime industry..but thank you for your time to write your response. have a great day.

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        • I try to response the best way I can but I apologize if I missed any query or I may not have satisfied anyone. Cheers and thank you for the kind words still. God bless!

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          • hillo mam theres havent time for me now .even along time i graduated as a bsmt .now i am 35 year old physiclyfet .iam planing to inroll bst and stcw95 .there is a chance for me to go on board. please rply ur cadet yunelll thanks

          • Very helpful information,.. I am a group fitness instructor and trying to consider on enrolling myself into one of these maritime schools to get employed. Do you happen to know if there is an available position for me? Would appreciate your reply… Thanks!

  97. hi there.. i have the BST, Passport and SIRB. but im an undergraduate of marine engineering. do the companies are accepting undergraduates in ph?
    thank you

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  98. Can a foreigner enroll to some of the accredited maritime school here in the Philippines for a BST/STCW95?
    A friend of mine is seeking help if he could gain some sea experience here in the Philippines. I would appreciate it much if you can give me an idea about it.

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  99. may age limit ba ang sumakay ng barko? im alredy 40 , im planning to enroll a bridging course from mechanical engg to mar engg…. plz reply

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  100. Hi i’m 22yrs old, a nursing graduate but im not committed to it. i’ve think about it over and over again and i like to start a career as a seaman. After STCW95 what is my next step to go on? Please give me some advice. I really need this one. I have done lots of troubles and i wanna make it up by becoming a seaman. thank you.

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  101. pano po kung 3rd year high school lang ang natapos ko at nakapag work na aq sa saudi for 5 years. kailangan ko ng sea man’s book dahil offshore n ngaun ang mgiging trabaho ko.pano aq makakapagproduce ng Diploma at CAV?pwede bang kumuha ng sea man’s book ang isang under graduate pero skilled person n katulad ko?

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  102. Hi ! I’m electrical engineering graduate and i have the basic occupational safety and health training course (BOSH) that was taken in saudi but it is accredited by the DOLE and Safety Practitioners of the Philippines. Is this BOSH that i’ve taken is considered as a BST or STCW95?

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  103. good morning, im a high school grad,. im working first at manila’s company,my position welder at 12 years working part of welding like fabrication and construction site structural. and 2 years at shipyard welder in subic. now im her at saudi arabia working at stainless steel factory. how about if i come going back manila, i want to apply at seaman basic course, can you handle me?

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  104. hi good day!
    I want to be a seaman. But my course is far and not related to the seaman course. And i am working for 10 years. is there an age limit going in maritime school? i want to served my dream when i was young to become a seaman.hoping for a kind and transparency reply. I am 30 years old dreaming to adrift off shore.godbless

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  105. Good morning. I would like to request your kind help in behalf of my grandson, JEFF LESTER C. ROSALES, 21 years old, who completed the 3 years Academic requirements of the Degree of Science in Maritime Transportation at the University of Cagayan Valley, Tuguegarao City. He also completed the practicum requirements in Basic Safety Taining you mentioned above and the Cadet Shipboard Familiarization. In order to be considered as seaman he has to finished apprenticeship to any Shipping Company. In this connection, may I earnestly request your goodself to help him undergo the required on-the-job training to an international shipping lines so that his long time dream to become a seaman will come true with your kindest accommodation.
    Thank you and warmest regards.
    Mrs. Delia R. Sy

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  106. Hi!
    Im a mechanical engineer with experience in heavy equipment and building maintenance.and im planning to work as a seaman this coming year.is there and advantage become an engineer and what post will available for me?

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    • Good day! This is Rustan and I’m from an HR Solutions firm. My client is a high-end condominium under a very reputable real estate company and they’re looking for Registered Mechanical Engineers for a Technical Assistant postition. This is an urgent position for project base and will be assigned in Makati. Kindly send me a message through email if interested. Thank you!

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    • maghanap ka muna ng school na myroong bridging program pag mechanical engg bale 6 months lang yun saka ka makakuha ng transcript of records na bs marine engg ok.sakay ka muna na wiper or engine cadet tiis muna …

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  107. My brother is a graduate in bachelor of science in marine transportation, he is currenlty applying for a job as a seaman but he was told that he needs to pay a fee of 60,000 pesos prior to boarding the ship. The 60,000 pesos is what they call as “lagay”. Is that common pracitce?

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  108. hi there. I am a graduate of de associate school in aclc. my course is computer system network technology. I have a lot of work experience as Computer Hardware software and network technician.. Do you think i am able to become seaman even if im not a gradute of bachelor degree? I have already work experience in other country… What should i do to become a seaman?

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  109. hi! i graduate in bachelor of science in marine transportation and i have complete certificate base on seaman but i dont have experience,,,,im already 35,, there is an age limit for the seaman,,now im working in riyadh ksa

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  110. Good day! I want to be a seawoman and i wanted to ask the following questions:
    (1) Are the same procedures apply for women?
    (2) I was wondering if there is a difference between the work that is given to a man and a woman? even the position that they may have in the ship.

    Thank you!

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  111. hi! I am a graduate of Bachelor of science in criminology, we had also a training with the basis training course, water survival, personal safety and rescue training, first aid and fire fighting as well…is it possible for me to apply as seawoman, or not? and if ever do i still need to undergo training?

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  112. good day sir!

    I am not a graduate of any seaman courses, and my course is not related. As of now i am working as a Secretary here in Saudi Arabia. I am planning to train to become a part of it but i havent any idea on how to, and where to start. Could you please give me some advise/steps on how to be a part of that training.

    what if, if i got my Seamans Book?

    Which Training Should i get?

    Thanks and more power1

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    • Please read the article. The requirements and training to have in the Philippines to become a seaman are discussed above. The seaman’s book can be processed after the candidate was hired officially. Good luck and take care 🙂

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  113. i am undergraduate of bs marine engr.can i apply to any company?at present i am working as a fire and safety technician here in saudi arabia.

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    • Hi there! Two of the requirements are BST or STCW 95 Certificate and a Seaman’s Book. Read the article to know more how to get them and how to apply.

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      • Hi im cedie,,im just graduated of bsmt last april 2013..i had all training but i have incomplete subject is it possible for me to have a job..pls reply

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        • If no one from inside the company n tutulong sa inyo I recommend na ayusin nyo na muna lahat ng papers nyo. Marami kayong karibal na nag aaply sa iisang position. You should not give them reason to disqualify your credentials. Try nyo din na mag inter island muna. Isa yan sa hinahanap ng mga agency ngayun pra mas madaling ma grant ang Visa. Goodluck guys and don’t stop looking, applyan nyo lang as many agency as possible. Maraming tyaga at sipag. God bless

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          • sir, ano pong magnda kunin ko 3years na seaman course or yung 1 year lang? 25 years old n po kasi ako sir eh balak ko kasing kumuha ng seman course, pero prng nag aalangan ako sa idad ko sir anu po sa tingin nyo magndang piliin ko? sa backer nmn po my backer nmn ako tropa ko 3rdmate tyka yung isa na tatay nya chief engeenir inter national po, pa payo nmn sir kugn anu mgnda ?? ty sir ill w8 your reply

        • hi sir i am graduated in marine transportation course 2 yrs last 1998 i am experienced and 10 yrs landbase worker fitter welder with DNV certification but i plan to get a training or bst this coming 2015 i have a present work here in Japan JMU shipyard im already 2 yrs here after finish my contract i want to be seaman…. i am 37 yrs old it is possible to my age to onboard the ship… pls advice thanks and godbless

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    • Greeting of Peace! Sir/Ma’am, Graduate po ako ng Mechanical Engineering and I passed my board exam last October 2014, Gusto ko po sana malaman kung matatapos ko yung Bridging Program, Mechanical to Marine Engineering, Ano po yung next doon, kasi certificate lng po yung kelangan ko, Thank You and more Power!

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      • Good Day! ask lng din po i’m a graduate of Mechanical Engineering course and license po aq, gusto ko rin maging Marine Engineer, Ano po rin yung next step to become certified Marine Engineer, pag matapos ko po ba yung bridging proram, CERTIFICATE b yun ibibigay nila sa akin?
        MORE POWER!

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