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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.

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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.


7 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! 👌


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