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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do you mean when you say “Got the whole WORLD in the hand...”?
Ans. Today is the age of Knowledge Workers and its all about the  Leadership and Management. Not all professions give you the opportunity to be a  Whole Person in a Whole Job.

One of such career is in shipping .... Captain of the ship ....... just like any other captain of a cricket team, football team, aircraft etc etc ..... all these careers means commanding and leading people. All these captains learn "MBA" practically by hands on training in the field and self designing themselves to achieve:

Power and Authority, Excellent Pay, life full of Adventure, Style ,  World Travel, Interesting Job, Peaceful environment, decision making power,  management Skills, Creativity, Autonomy, development of IQ , EQ , SQ, Goals, Prestigious Company,  Sense of achievement & Pride, Sense of contribution to Society… the wholesomeness, by virtue of  specialized training in specialized profession. So, you got the world in your hand.


Q. What do you mean by Merchant Marine? Is it some kind of Defense forces? who regulates shipping ? are there any laws ?
Ans. Merchant Marine also called Merchant Navy is not a Defense or armed forces. Merchant Marine deals with commercial ships and transportation of passengers and goods on waterways. From prehistoric times shipping has had a major influence on human social development. During the old merchant marines days (national fleets of commercial ships) first appeared in the commercial revolution and were also used as second line of Defense. Today, the national fleets have declined (most of them were public companies) paving path for the globalize private sectors and multinational companies to take over. Modern freight ships are equipped with powerful machines for handling cargo and cruise ships industry is providing the luxuries of the finest hotels
IMO - the International Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.


Q. What do you mean by "Sense of achievement & Pride, Sense of contribution to Society”?
Ans. Shipping is an industry  characterized by great complexity and by a magnitude of interests. These  interests include the shipbuilder, the ship owner, ship operator, the cargo  owner, Ship agents , the consignee, Insurances , creditors ,  harbors/ports/terminals  the men who  serve the ship afloat and ashore -- the officers and crew and stevedores.  Furthermore, there is the interest of government for their exports and import  of food grains & other industries relying on the shipping transportation.  There is nothing more international than a ship engaged in foreign trade and  there is no industry more vital to the welfare of nations or world economy than  shipping. Becoming part of this industry is indeed is “Sense of achievement & Pride and Sense of contribution to  Society


Q. What do you mean "Shortest & Affordable" path to Leadership...Master and Commander?
Ans. As mentioned this profession is all about the Leadership and  Management. Ships are only as good as the men who operate them. Without men to  load them and take them to sea, the largest and most magnificent of ships would  be little more than monuments to the ingenuity of their designers and builders.  The working ship is an awe-inspiring thing, but men make her so. The duties of crew members are varied  and responsible, concerned as they mostly are with the efficient operation and  safety of passengers, ship, cargo and crew. The Master or Captain is the  commander of a merchant ship, and the sole representative of management aboard  ship. The master has to be not only a skillful navigator but also adept as a  leader of men. He manages the ship with the help of his team comprising of deck  and Engine officers. In any other industries it may take many years to reach a  position such as of a Master.                     

                In merchant marine if you start at 17  years of age, you become 2nd or 3rd deck officer by the  age of 19/20 assisting the Master. Depending upon sea time you put in and  vacations you take one can become a master by the age of 24-25 years.  Therefore, it’s the shortest route to leadership.


Q. Why is your course so affordable?
Ans. Our training course is the most  affordable when compared to many other schools / colleges / Academies for the  professional course of engineering / medicine / architecture / graduation /  computers / Law / Management etc.

When the analysis is done with what student invested in the training , the payback period and return on investement  with any other course it will be evidenced that our course is the most affordable.

Many student take opportunity of taking 100% loan scholarship and work their way up. 


Q. How is your training program unique?
Ans. Our training course is the most  unique program by virtue of being conducted in Real Time on board the Training  Ship-RTS Sindbad, which is fully equipped. We believe that the knowledge and  skills transfer is most efficient and is maximized by combining many Senses in  a logical manner ( in Real Time with actual Senses).


Q. How is quality of course controlled?
Ans.  The course curriculum is  designed by Institute of Maritime Education & Training  Pty Ltd, Australia (IMETA). The training center and the course is audited for  its Training effectiveness by the New Zealand Maritime School, Manukau  Institute of Technology and New Zealand Maritime. The ship is also audited for  the International Safety Management code and International Ship Security Code  by the flag of the ship St. Kitts & Nevis (IMO’s - ISM and ISSC codes).


Q. What are the pre-requisites to join Pre-Sea Deck Training with RAKTSS?
Ans. To join Pre-Sea Deck Training the pre requisites are as  following: 
                -You should have valid Passport (For Indians no ECNR check  required). 
                -10+2 with 50% PCME 
                -Age between 17 & 24 
                -Eyes 6/6 with Glasses and No color blindness
                -Medically and physically fit.


Q. What if I have less then 50% PCM?
Ans. If you have more than 50% in 10th grade then we can  arrange for special exemption or additionally exam depending upon your Distance Learning Program. 


Q. What if I have PCB / Commerce in 12th and Math in 10th class? Am I eligible for this course?
Ans.  If you have more than 50% in maths in 10th grade then we can arrange for special exemption or additional credit exam for Mathematics depending upon success in your Distance Learning Program during the Course.


Q. What is the duration of the total course?
Ans. The course consists of three stages of 24 months as given  below: 
                      Stage I  -  As per the International Maritime  Organization’s  code of Standard of  Training and Certification for Watch keeping 95, all Pre-sea trainees have to  also complete the following mandatory Basic training(Reg. VI of STCW 95)  courses during their training period
                      -Personal  Survival Techniques (STCW Code A-VI/1-1)
                      -Fire  Prevention and Fire-Fighting (A-VI/1-2)
                      -Elementary  First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
                      -Personal  Safety and Social Responsibilities (A-VI/1-4)
                      -Above  mandatory courses are done in India in 2 weeks at our  nominated Institute. Thereafter the students join the 12 weeks Pre-Sea Deck  Training course in UAE – RAK. 
                      Stage II - Sea Time of 15 months by Sailing on the ship of our partner Shipping Companies.  During this period the cadets are taught by Distance Learning Program (DLP) by  the New Zealand Maritime School and IMETA. 
                      Stage III -  Preparation for Certificate of Competency at New Zealand Maritime School and passing of  examination - approx 5 months. 
                  This amount  to 23 months and one month for Visa / Vacation etc which makes it to 24 months.


Q. What is the fee structure of the total course?
Ans. The fee are most affordable and is as per the fee structure.

Expenses for NZ VISA / Airfare / Boarding Lodging at New Zealand comes to approx USD 500 PM.

You will notice that the total two years fees ( see fee structure) is much lower than some of the school fees. Moreover , the salaries earned in a six month pays back all the fees after COC.

Most of the bank give loans to our students for the faster payback.


Q. Do u accept fee in smaller installments?
Ans.  As a special case we can workout small installments.


Q. Do you have higher Education Loan arrangement with any Bank for attending this program?
Ans. Most of the Banks do give loans for our course.


Q. How to transfer money to RAKTSS account?
Ans. Fee must be remitted by Telex Transfer free of any bank  charges, directly to the RAK Training Ship Sindbad.


Q. Do you take girls for cadets training?
Ans. Yes we do take girl candidates.


Q. Is this course/ program approved?
Ans. Yes, the course is approved by New Zealand Maritime School under the authority of Maritime New Zealand a Crown Entity of New Zealand responsible for  maritime certification  All countries  which are in the white list (wide this web address) can issue the License for the Certificate of Competency.


Q. Are the jobs confirmed in your programs after trainings?
Ans. Yes, the jobs are confirmed as per the letter of enrollment.


Q. What kind of salary packages are expected during and after trainings?
Ans.  After pre sea deck training  ( 3 months) the candidates get stipend and not  salary for the duration of 15 months as an apprentice on board the ship and it can  be between US$ 100 to 300 pm depending upon the company he joins.
                However, after the cadet passes COC class III and gets the  License to navigate,  the salary as an  officer ranges from US$3500 to 4500 pm depending upon the company and type of  ship he joins.
                After class II COC the wages of Chief Officers is between  US$4000-8000 and as a Captain US$ 8000 – 15000 depending on ship type.


Q. Is Certificate of Competency from New Zealand recognized all over the world?
Ans. IMO - the International Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
Click on the link to know more and see the updated "white list".

Yes, our programs are conducted under the approval of white  listed countries and this is what counts as it gives you variety of choice of  jobs worldwide. It means the certification from India or New Zealand or Singapore or UK or any white listed country is worldwide accepted.


Q. Why do you have fastest COC program as compared to other similar courses?
Ans. All the signatory countries have to follow IMO’s STCW code for certification of watch keeping officers. However, any government may issue additional rules / requirements / evaluate and issue their licensing requirements in line with the STCW code. In our case of studies/training is being imparted is on board the training ship in real time and hands on thereby requiring lesser sea time than the Academy/schools/Institutes. By this virtue our course becomes the fastest way to get the license.


Q. What kind of Degree or Diploma will I get in your programs?
Ans. Students can get Degree / Diploma from the Partner University

In Merchant Marine COC ( Certificate of competency) or License is the main requirement to navigate the ships, just like in Aviation.


Q. What kind of companies normally select candidates from your course ?
Ans. Names of companies can be noted from our previous batches list  on the home page itself against the name of candidates.


Q. Why name Sindbad?
Ans. Please click the link "" the adventure stories of Sindbad are not just some fables but are lifelong learning.


Q. How is Shipping regulated ?

IMO - the International Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.




Ans. Rts Sindbad

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