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By standards, it is a necessity for all to be in possession upon getting onboard to work in the shipping industry. There are currently 3 versions, the 1960, 1974 and the 1980 which contain 12 chapters with respect to sea aviation and navigation all of which pertaining to safety measures while at sea.
Pinoys looking for SOLAS training center in Philippines had to finish all requirements before they will be awarded with such certification. If you are to ask me how much SOLAS costs, it will depend on the training center offering the said service for awarding this professional qualification.