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Fall Training

Ask Amy: You have heard of spring training….but when it comes to the yachting industry in Fort Lauderdale, it is all about FALL TRAINING to be ready for the Boat Show and all the new opportunities!

The leaves on our trees may not change in Autumn in Fort Lauderdale, but our resumes certainly can!

Take the opportunity while you are in Fort Lauderdale looking for a new job or refitting the boat for the boat show or charter season to get some of your training done. Whether you are renewing, upgrading, getting your original license or just meeting new STCW regulations, most maritime professionals have something that they need to return to their favorite school, MPT of course, to accomplish. This is what I recommend to meet the upcoming requirements:

ALL CREW MEMBERS:
1) Did you know that with 3 months of engineering sea time, American residents and citizens can take an approved QMED course and get the Qualified Member of the Engine Department MMC without any testing at the USCG?

2) Did you know that with 30 days of qualifying sea time, be at least 18 years old, and take an approved AEC Course with STCW BST, any nationality can obtain their MCA Approved Engine Certificate?

3) Did you know that all crew need to revalidate or refresh their safety subjects every five years beginning 2017?

4) Did you know that many countries require at least a PBL2 certificate to operate a tender?

5) Did you know that starting 1/1/17 all American Mariners are subject to the full extent of the new rules even if they are existing mariners. This is drastically increasing training and assessments requirements. If you qualify for a grandfathering provisional raise in grade or original MMC, you MUST finish before 1 JANUARY 2017. The clock is ticking. ALL GRANDFATHERING PROVISIONS END 26 Months from the date this article is published!

6) Did you know that the USCG grandfathering provision can only be used once per mariner? Make it count. Go as big as you can and finish before deadline 1/1/17.

Deck Officers holding operational level MCA CoC:
Before 1/1/17 you need to have
ECDIS (or restricted to non ECDIS vessels)
HELM (O) (Human Element Leadership & Teamworking/Mgmt – Operational Level – MCA VERSION)

Did you know that:

1)       You can upgrade to Chief Mate without any additional sea service simply by taking a few courses including: Advanced Firefighting, Medical First Aid, Oceans, Leadership & Management.

2)       If you have 12 months of qualifying sea service you may be able to upgrade now to your Master Yachts 500 tons by taking training and an oral exam?

3)       If you have 24 months of qualifying sea service you may be able to upgrade now to your Master Yachts 3000 tons by taking training and an oral exam?

Deck Officers holding OPERATIONAL level USCG STCW CoC:
Before 1/1/17 you need to have
ECDIS (or restricted to non ECDIS vessels)
HELM (O) (Human Element Leadership & Teamworking/Mgmt – Operational Level – USCG VERSION)

If you have 24 months of qualifying sea service you may be able to upgrade now to your Master 500 or 3000 tons by taking training and an exam?

Deck Officers holding management level MCA or USCG STCW CoC:
Before 1/1/17 you need to have
ECDIS (or restricted to non ECDIS vessels)
HELM (M) (Human Element Leadership & Mgmt)

Did you know that you may qualify to upgrade to a Marshall Islands Master of Yachts of UNLIMITED Tonnage CoC?

ENGINEERING Officers holding management level MCA CoC:
Before 1/1/17 you need to have: HELM (M) (Human Element Leadership & Mgmt)

ENGINEERING Officers holding OPERATIONAL level MCA CoC:
Before 1/1/17: HELM (O) (Human Element Leadership & Teamworking/Mgmt – Operational Level – MCA VERSION)

Did you know that with 9 months of qualifying service and ONE training course in Chief Stats & Ops and an exam you can upgrade from Y4 to Y3?

ENGINEERING Officers holding management level USCG STCW CoC:
Before 1/1/17 you need to have:
ERM (if not taken previously)
HELM (M) (Human Element Leadership & Mgmt)
MEECE Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Systems

ENGINEERING Officers holding OPERATIONAL level USCG STCW CoC:
Before 1/1/17:
ERM (Engine Room Resource Management with Leadership & Teamworking/Mgmt – Operational Level

Did you know that with qualifying service and some training and an exam you can upgrade to Chief Engineer?

Speak to a career counselor at MPT today!

If you would like to talk to me or share an issue or question, please feel free to write to amy@mptusa.com