TMTA

The TMTA programme is an initiative of the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), that aims to provide enhanced training and career opportunities for aspiring maritime professionals. 

 

Established in 2009, TMTA has successfully trained over 400 cadets across 23 cohorts, resulting in more than 130 Certificate of Competency (COC) holders. The relaunched TMTA (Deck/Engine) programme focuses on two key objectives: providing career transition opportunities for working adults aspiring to join the maritime industry, and delivering enhanced training to equip graduates with the latest skills and knowledge essential for optimal performance in the evolving maritime landscape.

 

Programme Outline

The programme consists of three phases, with a total duration of about 31 months in training. It may take longer to complete the programme, depending on various factors such as the deployment schedule of ships, the start of the next programme phase and examination dates, etc.

 

  • Phase 1 focuses on the fundamental maritime subjects.
  • Phase 2 is practical on-the-job training, where students spend up to 9 months per voyage on board ocean-going vessels. During this time, students participate in a Distance Learning Programme and must complete Assignments based on the Training and Assessment Record Book (TARB).
  • Phase 3 builds on the knowledge acquired in the first two Phases, and focuses on preparing for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations administered by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

 

TMTA Engine – Career as Marine Engineer

TMTA Deck – Career as Deck Officer

- Responsible for safe operation of ship engines, electrical systems and various deck equipment

- Keeps engine room watch and communicates mainly with onboard crew members

- Regular maintenance and repair of machinery

- Oversees bunkering (refuelling) operations

- Complies with international and local safety and environmental regulations

- Highest rank onboard: Chief Engineer

- Responsible for safe navigation and safety of life, ship, cargo and marine environment

- Keeps navigational watch and communicates with other ships, ports and shore personnel

- Oversees loading and discharging of cargo

- Complies with international and local safety and environmental regulations

- Highest rank onboard: Captain

 

Register your interest

Register Now for TMTA Engine! Program Begins 2 September 2024.

Fill out the form to register your interest: https://forms.office.com/r/5KuYC3STQ1

 

The TMTA programme is conducted by the Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI), the training arm of SMOU.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the TMTA programme?

The Tripartite Maritime Training Award (TMTA) programme is an initiative of the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), that aims to provide enhanced training and career opportunities for aspiring maritime professionals.

The TMTA programme consists of two courses the TMTA (Deck); and the TMTA (Engine). Both courses lead to a sea-going career in the maritime industry.

The TMTA (Deck) programme equips graduates with the skills to excel as a Navigational Officer.

The TMTA (Engine) programme trains graduates in the knowledge of engine room operations as a Marine Engineer.

 

Who is this programme suitable for and what are the career prospects?

This programme is ideal for individuals interested in a career at sea. Graduates would be sailing as officers onboard ocean-going vessels for periods of 6 – 12 months per deployment.

They would start as a 4th Officer or 5th Engineer, gradually promoted up the ranks to Captain or Chief Engineer. The career progression can span up to 10 years or more, depending on individual competencies.

Thereafter should they decide to transit to an onshore position, they can take on the roles of Technical Superintendent, Ship Surveyor, Marine Consultant, etc. 

 

How can I register?

Indicate your interest now; or visit our website and social media platforms regularly for the latest programme updates and launch announcements.

An invitation to the Introductory Briefing and registration process will be sent to you.

 

Is my application guaranteed after submitting my application?

No, all applicants must go through a selection process by Wavelink Maritime Institute and the shipping company to be offered a place. Re-applications are welcome if the first attempt is unsuccessful.

 

Do I need to leave my current employment if I’m selected?

Yes, this is a full-time training programme. However, please do not submit a resignation at this time. You can do so after you have secured a placement with the shipping company. As much as practicable, you will be informed at least one month before the start of the course.

 

Can I switch between the Deck and Engineering programmes halfway?

It is not possible to switch between courses as the curriculum are very different. Each course leads to different certifications and career paths.

What is the TMTA Engine programme?

The TMTA Engine programme is a relaunched initiative by Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI) designed to provide career transition opportunities for working adults seeking to enter the maritime industry as Maritime Engineers.

 

What are the components of the TMTA Engine programme?

*Phase 1: 8 Months Classroom and Simulation Based Training

STCW Short Courses:

- Seafarers with Designated Security Duties

- Basic Tanker Training

- BOSST Course comprising of:

  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Elementary First Aid
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • Personal Survival Techniques

 

Phase 1 focuses on the fundamental maritime subjects. This creates a solid foundation and prepares students for Phase 2, the sea-going phase. 

Phase 2:

- 15 months sea service (accumulative)

- Training and Assessment Record Book (TARB) Assignments

- Distance Learning Programme (DLP) Assignments

 

Phase 2 is practical on-the-job training, where students spend up to 9 months per voyage on board ocean-going vessels. During this time, students participate in a Distance Learning Programme and must complete Assignments based on the Training and Assessment Record Book (TARB).

*Phase 3: 8 Months Classroom and Simulation Based Training

STCW Short Courses:

- Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats

- Advanced Fire Fighting

- Medical First Aid Onboard Ships

- Engine Room Management (Operational Level)

- High Voltage Installation Training (Operational Level)

 

Phase 3 builds on the knowledge acquired in the first two Phases, and focuses on preparing for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) examinations administered by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

 *Do note that some of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Short Courses will be run externally subjected to availability.

 

The MPA requirements are accessible here: https://digitalport.mpa.gov.sg/online-forms

  • Application for Certificate of Competency as Deck Officer (COCD)
  • Application for Certificate of Competency as Marine Engineer Officer (COCE)
 

Will a Certificate of Competency be issued after the programme?

Yes, a Certificate of Competency is issued after passing the required examinations and completing all required STCW Short Courses.

What is the TMTA Deck programme about?

Similar to the TMTA Engine programme, TMTA Deck will provide career transition opportunities and enhanced training for individuals aiming for a career as a deck officer on vessels. We are currently finalising the programme details and will announce the launch date soon.

 

How can I stay updated on the TMTA Deck programme launch?

Register your interest here or visit our website and social media platforms regularly for the latest programme updates and launch announcement.

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