Career Tips

How to be a Maritime Instructor in the Philippines

Filipino Maritime Teacher

A seafarer’s earning may not be continuous. When one’s employment contract ends, so is the cash flow. For this reason, investing to build-up a land-based, and perhaps a second career is what I think necessary and more empowering.

I’m happy that I finally found my own way to break the cycle of a common seafarer’s life. How? It’s by becoming a certified maritime trainer and assessor.  I toil during my vacation though – the time when I supposed to relax, as what my few good friends highly suggest.

Yes, working at sea is stressful, and a hardworking seafarer has to take a break. But the bills to pay know no holidays ?!?

Kidding aside, it’s my goal to stop sailing and retire young in the future. Of course, it’s truly impossible if working as a ship officer is my mere occupation in life. So looking back three years ago, I wrote a goal. With God’s guidance, I have completed all the required trainings. Then I was able to gain experience, connections and a handful of friends while working as a maritime instructor.

Does this mean I have stopped sailing now? Not yet. I’m still actively sailing. But in case I want to retire anytime soon, there’s a promising work to grab and earn a living from it. Not bad, isn’t it?

The classroom is calling

Let me guess, if you’re still reading this blogpost up to this point, you’re interested to know how to be a maritime instructor, don’t you? If you do, I hope that what I share here is something of value to you. Keep reading!

Let’s assume that whatever your age, rank or gender, you can teach other people. But you’re not trained, much more certified by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to conduct a class. So, our big goal now is you have to be trained, and get certified by no other than but MARINA.

Drop your hesitations, matey. Imagine yourself in the middle of an empty classroom. Can’t you hear it? The world wants you to be a… guru! 🙂

Required trainings

Since 2014, I was on this loop.

-> Work at sea (6 months)

-> Get the training, and work as an instructor ashore (3 months)

-> Repeat 1 & 2.

I only get 1 training a year since I have to first save money to pay the training fee, and my break time was usually limited.

These are the trainings which took me about three years to complete.

1. IMO MC 6.09 – Instructor’s Course
• Training Provider & Fee: National Maritime Polytechnic – Manila / Php 8,500.00
• No. of Training Days: 10 days


2. IMO MC 6.10 – Simulator Trainer and Assessor Course
• Training Provider & Fee: Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific / Free
• No. of Training Days: 4 days

3. IMO MC3.12 – Assessor’s Course
• Training Provider & Fee: National Maritime Polytechnic – Manila / Php 11,500.00
• No. of Training Days: 10 days


There are other training providers of IMO Model Courses (MC) 6.09, 3.12 & 6.10 aside from NMP & MAAP. These are PAMTCI, DAP & PMMA. I might write another blog about the trainings, schedules and fees applicable to each training institution soon. Hence, follow this blog for you to be easily updated.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 21,243 other followers

MARINA Accreditation

Upon completion of any/all trainings I mentioned above, you may go to MARINA’s Accreditation Division to get an instructor’s accreditation.

Some graduates don’t do this for the training center where they work at process the accreditation on their behalf. At time, they enjoy an interim accreditation. Likely, they get accredited before their temporary license to teach expires.

The accreditation process requires the applicant to submit original & photo copies of sea-service records, STCW training certificates, and the IMO 6.09/6.10/3.12 certificate(s). And with regards to accreditation fee, the last time I heard of it, it’s Php 500.00 per accredited subject, and another Php 500.00 per accreditation application.

When do you plan to start your training?

Are you interested to meet your students soon?

Share your thoughts. Post a comment below.


28 replies »

  1. Great topic.
    Very concise and direct to the point.
    I will also write a goal and make it happen.
    Thank you for sharing. All the best mate!


    • Hello matey. I’m glad to know you have learned something valuable here. 😊
      I used to set goals and work hard to achieve them. I think you do thesame.
      More power to you becoming a maritime instructor soon! 👌


  2. Im a 3rd Mate licensed but pero di pa naakto….pwede ba akong kumuha nang 6.09 para makapag turo?? Please enlightened me.


  3. Hi, I have have a friend whose husband is also a seaman. The husband encouraged me to try to be a maritime instructor. I am a nurse by profession. Can you please give me advice on how to pursue this career path? I feel that teaching is my calling ( even though I am a nurse). Thank you


  4. sir tanong po, isa po akong ETO certified at Registered Master Electrician gusto ko po maging ETR instructor pwede po b ako at kung pwede namn hingi na ren po ako sa inyo ng tulong kung papaano?


  5. Good day sir,i have 2 questions… I already finished taking up 6.09 sa pamtci last May,I served 12months as fourth officer in our company(4th officer) though job descriptions is to be trained as 3/o, duties and responsibilities onboard same as 3/o -is this position qualified as “ship officer” ..2nd.i was thinking it would be easier for me to apply to where i graduated then i tried to apply to my own alma matter “aims” but i guess they dont have any open position for me… gusto ko sana i try sa mga training centers can i apply directly or should i complete accreditation first from marina?


Post a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s