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Programme of Activities

Activities eligible for points under the Thames CPD Programme

The Thames CPD Programme consists of Mandatory, Accredited and Skills & Experience training/activities that allow you to accumulate enough points over a 5-year period to complete the requirement to remain active on the River Thames.

The Thames CPD Programme requires participants to achieve a minimum of 150 points by selecting from across the three categories of Mandatory Courses, Accredited Training, and Skills & Experience during each 5-year CPD period.

CPD points are generally awarded at the rate of 5 points per half day/10 points per full day of training. Those activities marked with * have been weighted to a higher points allocation as feedback from the industry is that these CPD activities will have the most impact on safety. Those activities marked with ** have been weighted to a lower points allocation as feedback from the industry is that these CPD activities will have less impact on safety.

Should participants wish to undertake alternative courses, training or skills & experience activities from those listed below then a request should be made to the Thames CPD Governance Committee by using this form.

Mandatory Courses

All participants must complete a Mandatory Course in First Aid, Fire Fighting and Personal Survival in each 5-year cycle.

FIRST AID Points Duration (Days)
MCA STCW Elementary First Aid* 20 1
MCA RYA First Aid* 20 1
MCA STCW Medical First Aid 40 4
FIRE FIGHTING Points Duration (Days)
MCA Approved Fire Fighting Course*: Either STCW Boatmasters Fire Fighting Course (1 day) or BML Regs Boatmaster Fire Fighting/Ancillary Safety Course - Boatmaster Licence (0.5 - 1 day) 15 1
MCA Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting*
or
MCA Updated Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting*
15 1
MCA STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting 30 2.5/3
MCA STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (with the option of the 5th day for bespoke company training) 40/50 4/5
PERSONAL SURVIVAL Points Duration (Days)
MCA STCW Personal Survival Techniques* 15 1
MCA Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques* 15 1
RYA Sea Survival* 15 1

All Mandatory Courses must be evidenced by submitting a photograph or copy of the course certificate via your Thames CPD online account which is available (online and on your mobile phone) once you have enrolled on the Thames CPD Programme. Login details for your Thames CPD online account will be emailed to you after enrolling. Alternatively you can submit a photograph or copy of the course certificate via email using the Thames CPD Record.

Should participants wish to undertake alternative courses from those listed then a request should be made to the Thames CPD Governance Committee by using this form.

Accredited Training

All participants must gain a minimum of 50 points by selecting from the Accredited Training Courses over each 5-year cycle.

Where a participant is awarded more than 50 points in the Mandatory Courses, these points may be used in lieu of Accredited Training.

Accredited Training comprises externally delivered courses leading to qualifications or certificates. This includes accredited training courses approved by the MCA, RYA or other regulatory bodies that meet certain standards in terms of quality and content of training. Training can be delivered at the Training Providers’ premises, online or on site.

Formalised Company Training can also be accredited subject to meeting the requirements of the Governance Committee.

MCA Points Duration (Days)
MCA STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness* 10 0.5
MCA STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties 10 1
MCA STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities* 10 0.5
MCA STCW Crowd Management* 10 0.5
MCA STCW Crisis Management and Human Behaviour* 15 1
MCA STCW Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) (Operational level) 30 3
MCA STCW Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) (Management level) 50 5
MCA Signals Exam 5 0.5
MCA/STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) 50 5
MCA/STCW Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) 10 1
MCA Master 200 (incl 500, 3000 & unlimited) 50 -
MCA Approved Engine Course Part 1 (AEC1) 50 5
MCA Approved Engine Course Part 2 (AEC2) 50 5
Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) 50 5
RYA Points Duration (Days)
RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities 10 1
RYA Powerboat Level 2** 10 2
RYA Advanced Powerboat (Commercially Endorsed) 20 2
RYA Day Skipper Theory 50 5
RYA Day Skipper Practical (Commercially Endorsed) 50 5
RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory 60 6
RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Practical (Commercially Endorsed) 70 7
RYA Diesel Engine course 10 1
RYA Radar course 10 1
TOWAGE Points Duration (Days)
TSA Cargo and Barge Loading* 20 1
TSA Vessel Mooring and Securing Operations* 20 1
MULTICAT/WORKBOAT Points Duration (Days)
Slinger/Signaller 30 3
MISC Points Duration (Days)
Thames Skills Academy/HR Wallingford Simulator Course * 50 2
Bridge Resource Management Course 30 3
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS General Operators Certificate (GOC) 80 8
RYA/MCA VHF Short Range Certificate* 15 1
SIA Conflict Management training 10 1
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC) 30 3
NAVIGATION & RADAR Points Duration (Days)
SQA Use of Radar for Safe Navigation and Collision Avoidance on Domestic and Code Vessels* 30 2.5
SQA Operate Non ECDIS (Non-Electronic Chart Display and Information System* 30 2.5
MNTB Small Ships Navigation and Radar 50 5
Navigation, Radar and ARPA Simulator (NARAS) (Operational or Management level) 50 10
Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training (NAEST) (Operational or Management level) 50 10
HEALTH & SAFETY Points Duration (Days)
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
Guidance on syllabus can be found in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers
5 0.5
Manual Handling
Guidance on syllabus can be found in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers
5/10 0.5/1
Confined / Enclosed Space Training (Access)
Guidance on syllabus can be found in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers
10 1
Confined / Enclosed Space Training (for Managers)
Guidance on syllabus can be found in the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers
30 3
Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) - Working Safely/Managing Safely in Ports certificate* 15 1
Oil Spill response 2P to 5P 10 per day 1-5
ENDORSEMENTS (POINTS SHOWN ARE ON ATTAINING THE ENDORSEMENT - A RENEWAL IS WORTH 10 POINTS) Points Duration (Days)
Cargo - General Endorsement 30 1
Chemical Cargoes Endorsement 30 1
Dredging Endorsement 30 1
Liquified Gas Cargoes Endorsement 30 1
Oil Cargoes Endorsement 30 1
Towing and Pushing Endorsement 30 1
General Passenger Endorsement 30 1
Large Passenger Vessel Endorsement 30 1
Fast Craft Endorsement 30 1
Ro-Ro Operations Endorsement 30 1
Local Knowledge Endorsement 30 1
Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC's) – River Thames 30 1
Radar Endorsement 30 1
OTHERS Points Duration (Days)
MCA Stability for workboats, pilot boats and small commercial vessels 10 1
International Safety Management (ISM) Maritime Lead Auditor

Internal ISM auditor course
40

20
4

2
MCA IMO Train the Trainer 50 5
English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills Level 1 25 per Functional Skill -
English, Maths and ICT Functional Skills Level 2 25 per Functional Skill -
Mental Health First Aid Training Level 2 or equivalent 10 1
Maritime Designated Person* 30 2
Diploma in Maritime Studies - Rivers, Inland Waterways and Limited Distances to Sea* (covers mandatory, accredited and skills & experience) Meets full CPD requirements - 150 55
Hybrid Electric Vessel Operation and Maintenance Level 2 20 2
Hybrid Electric Vessel Repair and Replacement Level 3 10 1

All Accredited Training must be evidenced by submitting a photograph or copy of the training certificate via your Thames CPD online account which is available (online and on your mobile phone) once you have enrolled on the Thames CPD Programme. Login details for your Thames CPD online account will be emailed to you after enrolling. Alternatively you can submit a photograph or copy of the course certificate via email using the Thames CPD Record.

Should participants wish to undertake alternative training from those listed then a request should be made to the Thames CPD Governance Committee by using this form.

Skills & Experience

All participants must gain a minimum of 50 points by selecting from the Skills & Experience activities over each 5-year cycle. This recognises years of experience on the Thames and includes informal training such as experience on a different industry sector vessel, visiting safety organisations to understand their roles on the Thames and mentoring.

Additional points achieved in the Mandatory Course and Accredited Training sections cannot be used in lieu of points gained in Skills & Experience.

EXPERIENCE Points Duration (Days) Evidence Required
Experience (5 points for every 5 years served (on the water and ashore) to a maximum of 20 points). First 5-year cycle only. 20 - Employer testimonial letter on company headed paper including BML or equivalent, eg. CoC, RYA ticket date of issue (see MSN 1853 (M) Amendment 1: Boatmasters’ Qualifications, Crew and Hours of Work - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk), Annex 3 and 4).
Experience on a Different Industry Sector Vessel (full day) 10 (max 30 points) 1 Master’s Log (including participant’s name)
Non-Routine Tows/Moving Craft Without the Use of Tugs 10 (max 30 points) 1 Master’s Log (including participant’s name)
SKILLS Points Duration (Days) Evidence Required
Taking part in multi-agency exercise
or
In-company safety drills experience with another company or safety service.
5/10 (max 20 points) 0.5/1 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Vessel Drill Log
  • Personal Drill Log
Local Knowledge Trip and Training (CWL) 10 1 Record of Attendance
Type Rating 5 /10 0.5 / 1 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • In Company Certificate
PPE - Safe Use and Inspection of Lifejackets. (In-company training delivered by a reputable life jacket company) 5 0.5 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • In Company Certificate
  • Company Headed Document
Immersive Health and Safety Training 15 1 Record of Attendance
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training 10 1 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • In Company Certificate
  • Company Headed Document
Customer Service Training 10 1 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • In Company Certificate
  • Company Headed Document
TSA's (and other) Visits Programme to the Met Police, London Fire Brigade, RNLI and PLA* 5 points (max 15 points) 0.5 Record of Attendance
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) Events 5 points 0.5 Record of Attendance
Company Health and Safety Meeting 1pt/hr (max 5 points) - Record of Attendance
Suicide Intervention Training for a Safer Thames 5 0.5 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
TSA Riverside Personal Safety* 15 1 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
Cybersecurity 1pt/hr (max 5 points) - One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
Commercial, Sustainability and Financial Training 1pt/hr (max 5 points) - One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMO Conventions) 1pt/hr (max 5 points) - One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
Train the Trainer (non-accredited) 20 2 One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
Mentoring (including apprentices, colleagues etc) 5 (max 25 points) - Master's Log (including participant's name)
Taking part in face to face or online teaching programme - must be safety focused. Training covering: ISM/DSM/SMS (this includes training on specific software systems for example Mastex and HELM); collision regulation; chartwork; local regulations; Regulators' survey work and findings; meteorology; passage planning; skills identified from HR Wallingford Simulator training; Accident Investigation; Report writing; Risk Assessment and Method Statement writing 1pt/hr (max 10 points) - One of:
  • Record of Attendance
  • Training Certificate
Catastrophic Bleed Control Course 5 0.5
  • Training Certificate
  • WAVE - Welfare and Vulnerability Engagement 5 points 0.5 Record of Attendance
    Ropework & Splicing (as per the BML TRB 2nd Edition March 2015) 5/10 points 0.5/1 Record of Attendance
    RNLI Throwline Training 3 points 0.5 Record of Attendance
    In-company Conflict Management Course (request details of example syllabus through thamescpd@thamesacademy.london) 5 points 0.5 Record of Attendance
    Simulator Training (request details of example syllabus through thamescpd@thamesacademy.london) 5/10 points (max 30 points) 0.5/1 Certificate or Company-headed paper with the syllabus or an evaluation

    All Skills & Experience must be evidenced by submitting a photograph or copy of the evidence required via your Thames CPD online account which is available (online and on your mobile phone) once you have enrolled on the Thames CPD Programme. Login details for your Thames CPD online account will be emailed to you after enrolling. Alternatively you can submit a photograph or copy of the course certificate via email using the Thames CPD Record.

    Should participants wish to undertake alternative Skills & Experience activities from those listed then a request should be made to the Thames CPD Governance Committee by using this form.