FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW STCW COURSES
On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements. We have made it available for download here:
The U.S., as a signatory to the STCW Convention, initiated regulatory changes to ensure full implementation of the amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code. The U.S. implements these provisions under the Convention and under the authority of United States Code, Titles 33 and 46. The Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 24, 2013, (78 FR 77796) that implements the STCW Convention and STCW Code, including the 2010 amendments. This final rule became effective on March 24, 2014. The Coast Guard published a series of NVICs to provide guidance on complying with the new regulations. The NVICs of particular interest to the membership include:
At the USCG’s National Maritime Center’s website. http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/
Note: 2nd and 3rd Mates, 2nd and 3rd Assistant Engineers that want to keep their Operational-level STCW Endorsement must take a Leadership and Teamwork course before 1/1/2017. CMES has not yet submitted a 1-day Leadership and Teamwork Course to the NMC. However, the CMES Leadership and Management Course; being more comprehensive, meets this training requirement.
Yes. Chiefs and 1st Assistants that are renewing their licenses, in addition to Leadership & Management, also need to take:
Not so easy for 3rd and 2nd Engineers that are upgrading their STCW Endorsement to the management-level. They need to take:
2nd and 3rd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master need to take:
NVICs 15-14 and 10-14 include a Records of Assessment for 3rd and 2nd Assistant Engineers or 3rd mate/2nd Mates trying to qualify for Management-level STCW Endorsements. These assessments can be performed on a ship or as part of a USCG-approved course. For the engineers, CMES is developing a course "Upgrading to Management Level Assessments-only (UMLA)" that will include all the assessments needed to upgrade to the Engineering Management-level. Naturally, this is constrained by the propulsion-type(s) currently held by the engineer. For the Mates, most of CMES’ Deck Officers courses include the Assessments continuing from USCG Policy Letter 04-02 as part of the evaluation process; however, a few Assessments must still be performed shipboard.
Leading up to 1/1/2017, the USCG will accept assessment signed by mariners that hold an appropriate national endorsement equal to, or superior to, the relevant level of knowledge, skills, and abilities being assessed. After 1/1/2017, a Qualified Assessor must witness the demonstration of competency.
The term "Qualified Assessor" (QA) is defined in 46 CFR 10.107 as “a person who is qualified to evaluate, for STCW endorsements, whether an applicant has demonstrated the level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. This person must be individually approved by the Coast Guard or through a Coast Guard approved or accepted course or program of training.” CMES is developing a QA Course and will submit it to the USCG for review.
The USCG reports that the course completion certificates for these three courses are valid for 5 years.
By the Trustees' direction, the CMES course selections and frequencies give priority to these new STCW courses. As applications are received and rosters fill, more instances will be added to accommodate the school's training obligation. Further, the Trustees have approved tuition-reimbursement for all STCW-related training when successfully completed at an alternate location by a USCG-approved training provider.
Yes, the USCG reports that MMCs are now being endorsed with all STCW endorsements for which the mariner is qualified. Until December 31, 2016, these endorsements will be automatically included at renewal if you have 12 months of sea service in the last five years. After that date, mariners must demonstrate continued competence through the appropriate combination of sea service and training. In addition, in order for your Chief Engineer STCW endorsement to be valid after December 31, 2016, you will need to complete training in leadership and managerial skills, engine resource management, and management of electrical and electronic control equipment.