Vertical Integration Course for Trainers (VICT)

Course Topics

  • Course Introduction
  • Overview of STCW Convention and Code and Requirements for Competence-Based Training
  • Understand the Overview and Development of STCW Convention and Code
  • Understand STCW Convention and Code requirements for Competence- Based Training
  • Table of Competence in the STCW Code as Amended
  • Competence-Based Assessment
  • Planning an Effective Learning Environment
  • Identify the Factors which Influence the Teaching and  Learning Process
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication
  • Types of Verbal Communication
  • Elements Of Non- verbal Communication
  • Establish an Effective Learning Environment
  • Training Aids
  • Demonstrate the Use of a Range of Teaching Aids
  • Select the Appropriate Teaching Aids
  • Using Teaching Activities Effectively
  • Demonstrate a Range of Teaching Activities Appropriate to Trainees' Needs
  • Question and Answer Techniques
  • The Lecture method
  • The Games method
  • Alternative methods
  • Case Study method
  • Recognize Factors to be Considered when Delivering a Practical Training Program
  • Demonstrate the Purpose of Teamwork, Characteristics of  Teams, Building and Maintaining Successful Teams
  • Orient Teaching Activities to Context and Trainee Needs
  • Producing a Subject-Related Lesson Plan
  • Recognize Appropriate Learning Outcomes for a Lesson
  • Recognize Factors to Considered when Plannin
  • Evaluating Teaching and Learning
  • Understand the Purpose of Evaluation
  • Establish a Learning Assessment
  • Use Assessment Results
  • Course Design
  • Recognize Factors to be Considered when Designing a Learning Programme
  • Develop a New Course

Course Introduction

Course Introduction


Aim and Scope

This course is intended to provide training to Instructors to meet the Mandatory minimum requirements, as specified in Section A-1/6, A-1/8 and guidance contained in sections B-1/6, B-1/8 of the STCW convention. This course is also designed to meet the requirements of IMO Model Courses 6.09 on ‘Training Course for instructors’.


The course is of limited duration and therefore cannot be considered as providing comprehensive teacher training, which would take much longer. However, the course does include many principles of teaching together with their applications in training, using various styles of learning.


  • Furthermore, those whose teaching experience has been mainly associated with lecturing will gain considerable benefit insofar as, they will explore and experience a variety of teaching techniques.
  • The course also reviews the IMO Model Courses, their objectives and the requirements of the participants in them.
  • In the subsequent parts, the course deals with basic aspects of the learning process, the purpose of training, the setting of training objectives and basic principles of course design.
  • The main part of the course deals with the techniques of training and the particular responsibilities of trainers.
  • The scope involves conventional teaching and training methods, participative training techniques (such as task solving, both individually and in groups), simulation exercises involving ‘role playing’ as well as the most common forms of teaching, e.g. audio - visual presentation.
  • While ‘ideal’ solutions are sought in this part of the course, the practical constraints which trainers face are also reviewed. Exercising adaptation to local circumstances is an important part of the course.   
  • Further, the course covers the assessment of participants for the purposes of admittance to courses, possible adjustments of teaching plans to suit entry qualifications, monitoring progress during courses and the issue of a certificate where applicable.
  • Finally, the issues related to course evaluation are covered. The learning style of the course needs to be highly participative.  


Description process

  • Maritime lecturers chosen for the conduct of Certificate of Competency and modular courses will be fully qualified in the subject matter of the courses, which they are going to teach.
  • They may however be less familiar with training techniques and the effective conduct of training courses.
  • Each certificate of competency and modular course package contains some advice to the lecturer in the form of references and guidelines which will assist in the conduct of the course. 
  • In addition, the guidelines on the Implementation of IMO Model Courses provide valuable references of lectures and presentations and general course conduct.
  • Nevertheless, it is considered necessary to offer a full course for maritime lecturers which would not only review current training techniques, but actually provide experience of course management and training techniques to lecturers.
  • While it is specifically concerned with those skills which are required for efficient implementation of the IMO Model Courses, it is believed to be of general benefit for the conduct of other courses as well.


Objectives of the Course

The objectives of this course include planning and preparation of effective teaching and instruction, the selection of appropriate methods of instruction and teaching materials, and the evaluation of the teaching and learning process.


  • Participants successfully completing the training course for trainers and assessors should be capable of :
  • Undertaking all of the responsibilities expected of trainers within their field of expertise;
  • Be fully aware of the range, types, content and opportunities offered by IMO Model Courses;
  • Be familiar with the concepts generally taken into account when formulating a training policy;
  • Be able to develop training objectives;
  • Be capable of understanding the processes of learning and training;
  • Prepare the most appropriate learning processes;  
  • Develop the means of evaluating the whole process; and
  • Have a sound comprehension of assessing participants and course evaluation.  
  • The principal aim is to develop individual trainer attributes. Thus, the thrust of the course is directed at promoting the knowledge, skills and aptitudes which the ‘ideal’ trainer should possess, which are as follows;
  • Training awareness, such as:
  • Understand the process of identifying training needs;
  • Understand the potential benefits of training.
  • Training skills relating to :
  • The process of learning;  
  • Methods of teaching;   
  • Presentation techniques;
  • Course design
  • Assessment of trainees 
  • Evaluation of courses.
  • Managerial skills and aptitudes relating to :
  • Evaluation of courses.
  • Planning;     
  • Organizing; 
  • Identifying and providing resources; 
  • Leadership;
  • Interpersonal relationships.