Leadership and Teamwork(LTW) Course


Provide the seafarer at the operational level with non-technical skills in human factors needed to control the operation of the ship and care for the people on board by applying resource management, leadership and teamwork skills.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 27 Hours

Difficulty: Intermediate


  • This course is for:

    For Officer seeking a Leadership & Teamwork Training certificate. 

    Course Qualification:

    This course meets the requirements of Tables A-II/1, A-III/1, and A-III/6 of the STCW Convention for the application of leadership and Teamwork.


    The student must have:

    • A CDN Number from Transport Canada*

    *For Transport Canada Certification.

    Regulations, Code, Convention Addressed:

    • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended,
    • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended
    • International Safety Management (ISM) Code
    • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 73/78
    • MSC Circular 1014on Guidelines on Fatigue Mitigation and Management
    • Resolution A.1047 (27) on Principles of Minimum Safe Manning

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Working knowledge of shipboard personnel management and training.
    2. A knowledge of related international maritime conventions and recommendations, and national legislation.
    3. Ability to apply task and workload management.
    4. Knowledge and ability to apply effective resource management.
    5. Knowledge and ability to apply decision-making techniques.

    Course Structure:

    The Leadership and Teamwork (LTW) course consists of:

    • 8 Chapters,
    • Confirmation questions after each chapter,
    • Course Manual,
    • Homework and activities, and 
    • A Final Course Assessment.


    There are multi-choice and short anwsers questions to complete at the end of each chapter and a final assessment. The passing mark is 70%. The Final Assessment is fully online and no need to attend any classroom. A Proctor will be assigned to you to monitor you during your Final Assessment. You will need a computer(not a tablet) with a webcam with a microphone and an ok internet speed for your Final Assessment.  If for any reason you do not pass with a mark of at least 70% on your Final Assessment there is a fee of 75$ CAD+ applicable taxes to re-attempt the Final Assessment.


    Approximately 27 hours.

    You can enter and exit this course as often as you need.


    The course is 100% online and no requirement to attend a test in a classroom.

    Student Verification Requirements:

    Every student is required to submit his/her official photo ID before starting the course. This is a requirement under Transport Canada.

    Training Certification:

    The LTW course is fully approved and is internationally recognized as laid down in tables A-II/1, A-III/1 and A-III/6 of the STCW Convention and Code.


    A hardcopy will be posted to your address free of charge.

    Online Course Subjects:

    A course meeting with all the requirements.

    • SOLAS Convention
    • STCW Convention & Code
    • ISPS Code
    • ISM Code
    • Shipboard personnel management
    • Workload management
    • Effective resource management
    • Decision-making techniques
    • SOPs
    • Shipboard training
    • Time and resource constraints
    • Effective communication
    • Situation awareness
    • And the list can continue……..

Course Progress



  • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • Virtual Maritime Academy Course Introduction
    • Leadership & Teamwork Online Course
    • Final Assessment Information
    • Certification Process
    • Course Notes
    • Course Notices
    • Student ID Verification
    • Student ID Form
    • Feedback required
    • Let’s Start
  • Chapter 1
    • Shipboard Organization
    • Culture awareness
  • Chapter 2
    • Conventions & National legislation
  • Chapter 3
    • Planning/Allocation/Prioritization
    • Challenge and response
  • Chapter 4
    • Communication & Teamwork Principles
    • Managerial and leadership principles
    • Situational awareness
    • Error Chain & Regulations
  • Chapter 5
    • Human Behavior & RA
    • Decision Making Process
    • Effectiveness & Judgment
  • Chapter 6
    • Causes and effect of fatigue
    • Identifying signs & symptoms of fatigues & stress
    • Regulatory requirements
  • Chapter 7
    • Formal & information learning
    • Continuous development
    • Shipboard training, learning, coaching, mentoring & assessment
    • Emergencies
  • Assignments
    • Assignments #1
    • Assignments #2
    • Case: Costa Concordia De-Brief
    • Case: M/V Delta Mariner De-Brief
  • Final Review
    • Brief review
  • Final Assessment
    • Final Checklist
    • Final Assessment
    • Course Feedback
    • Certificate
    • Thank You!