WHAT'S NEW?

WHAT'S NEW AT CMES?

 

NEW COURSE OFFERING: QUALIFIED ASSESSOR CLASSES ADDED TO 2017 SCHEDULE

Due to membership needs, CMES has added three QA classes to the 2017 schedule:

  • June 5 - June 7, 2017
  • July 31 - August 2, 2017
  • September 11 - September 13, 2017

Please note: This is a three-day course. Class starts on Monday morning and ends on Wednesday.

This 3-day course is designed to satisfy the QA training needs such that seafarers can become qualified to meet STCW Code and US Law pertaining to onboard or simulator-based assessments of proficiencies. Topics covered will include: IMO’s impact on training, development of an assessment, competence-based assessments, on board assessments, performance objectives, performance measures and standards, the assessment process, and creating a performance improvement plan. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to perform on board assessments of US Merchant Marine Officers at the STCW Management and Operational levels and unlicensed ratings according to USCG Control Sheets and/or Assessment Documentation.

Course Capacity: 24 students
Prerequisites:
None
Special Requirements:
None

Applications (electronic and PDF) are available on our Admissions page, and may be submitted electronically, by fax at (410) 822-7220, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    

INFORMATION REQUESTED: MMD / STCW ENDORSEMENT EXPIRATION DATE(S)

Due to the regulatory training required for BST Refresher and BST Revalidation courses, CMES is requesting every MEBA member submit to the school the expiration date for their Merchant Mariners’ Document. If your STCW Endorsement expiration is different, please include that information as well.

This information will allow us to better determine how many BST Refresher and/or BST Revalidation courses need to be added to the schedule by seeing how many members need to renew their credentials in a given year.

Please either send an email with your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , OR use the MMD / STCW Endorsement Expiration Date form to submit this information to us online.

MMD / STCW Endorsement Expiration Date Form

  

2017 COURSE SCHEDULE

View the 2017 Course Schedule
  

View the 2017 Schedule of Online Courses
 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ENROLLMENT OCCURS IN TWO PHASES:

  • Applications for 2017 Spring Semester courses (held January 1 - June 30) will be accepted no earlier than NOVEMBER 1, 2016.
  • Applications for 2017 Fall Semester courses (held July 1 - December 31) will be accepted no earlier than MAY 1, 2017.

Applications for Spring Semester or Fall Semester courses that are received by mail, fax, or email prior to the beginning registration date for the applicable semester will be disregarded with no notification to the applicant.

 

  • Course application forms can be obtained at MEBA Union Halls, the CMES website, or by calling the school at (410) 822-9600.
  • The Spring Semester and Fall Semester electronic applications will be made available on the beginning registration dates for the respective semesters.
  • A separate application must be submitted for each course a student wishes to take.

   

NEW COURSE OFFERINGS IN 2017
REMINDER ON STCW DEADLINE

Members and Applicants are reminded that we are fast approaching the deadline for the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments that fully come into force on January 1, 2017. As you know, the implementation of the Amendments requires mariners, primarily those sailing on near-coastal and foreign voyages, to be in compliance with a new regime of training and assessments.

If a Member/Applicant has 'Not valid after Dec. 31st, 2016' on their STCW endorsements of his/her MMC, he/she cannot be dispatched for a shipping job off the board if that job runs into 2017 – even for a day. This milestone will occur for 90-day rotaries on jobs reporting after October 3rd.

In addition to the "gap-closing" courses that M.E.B.A. mariners have been taking in ERM, MEECE, Leadership & Management, Leadership & Teamwork, and ECDIS (for Deck Officers); there are new requirements that will take effect the first time a mariner renews an MMC with STCW endorsements on or after January 1, 2017. These additional rules apply to renewal of Basic Training, Advanced Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft; which requires evidence of revalidation training, refresher training, or a retake of the original training course – depending on sea-time since the last renewal.

Basic Training (BT): To renew their BT endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Basic Training as found in 46 CFR 11.302(b) or 46 CFR 12.602(b). This means: providing evidence of completing a BT training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing BT revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing BT refresher training.

Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF): To renew their STCW officer endorsement(s), mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Advanced Fire Fighting as found in 46 CFR 11.303(b). This means providing evidence of completing an AFF training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing AFF revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing AFF refresher training.

Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC): To renew their PSC endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in proficiency in survival craft as found in 46 CFR 12.613(b) or 46 CFR 12.615(b). This means providing evidence of completing a PSC training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing PSC revalidation training; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of meeting the requirements for BT renewal as described above; or providing evidence of completing PSC refresher training.

 

MARITIME RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ONLINE - 2017 SCHEDULE

CMES has received approval from the USCG National Maritime Center to deliver an online course that satisfies the STCW Management-level training requirements for both Engine-room Resource Management (ERM) and Leadership and Management (L&M).
 

The two-week Maritime Resource Management On-line (OMRM) course schedule for 2017 is available on the 2017 Schedule of Online Courses.

Registration for 2017 classes wil be available on November 1.

View the 2017 Schedule of Online Courses
 

 

The school recommends that members interested in taking MRM visit http://support.cutwater.org/curriculum/maritime-resource-management for more course information.

Maritime Resource Management Course Information

 

DOWNLOAD THE CMES MOBILE APP

CMES now has a mobile app, which provides easy access to:

  • information on our curriculum
  • our class schedules and registration for on campus and online classes
  • additional information about our programs and our facility

 
The app is available for Android and iOS - download to receive notifications on our latest news and announcements.

Questions?  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

   Get it on Google Play

 

RADAR OBSERVER RECERTIFICATION AND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS (FLASHING LIGHT) TESTING THROUGH CMES

CMES currently offers two options for taking the Radar or Visual Comms tests:

  • Tests may be taken at CMES during any scheduled deck course when we have a certified instructor available to proctor the exams. Students will need to schedule an appointment with the instructor for a mutually agreeable day and time for the testing.
  • Tests may also be taken through the CMES online training. Study and practice materials are available online but the student will need to take the exam at a Prometric Testing Center. Additional information on this option may be found on the school’s website - http://www.mebaschool.org/online-courses.

  

USCG NMC NOTICE: STCW GAP-CLOSING REQUIREMENTS

On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements.  We have made it available for download here:

USCG NMC Notice: STCW Gap-Closing Requirements

   

STCW REQUIRED COURSES - EQUIVALENT COURSES

REMINDER:
CMES has approval for several of our courses to fulfill some of the new STCW required courses
 

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT:
requirement is covered by Ship’s Management & Safety Management

If you have successfully passed CMES' Ship’s Management & Safety Management course within the last 5 years, you do not need take the Leadership & Management class. USCG approval information may be found here.
 

MEECE:
requirement is covered by Instrumentation (3 week)
AND Marine Electric Propulsion

If you have successfully passed CMES' Instrumentation (3 week) AND Marine Electric Propulsion courses within the last 5 years, you do not need to take the new MEECE class. PLEASE NOTE: This only covers the CFR requirements. The assessments for the STCW requirements will need to be signed off on board ship. USCG approval information may be found here.
 

ENGINEROOM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT:
requirements are covered by Upgrading Engineers Management Level

If you have successfully passed CMES' Upgrading Engineers Management Level course within the last 5 years, you do not need to take the Engineroom Resource Management OR Leadership & Management classes. USCG approval information may be found here.

 

MMMMF - CHANGE OF MAILING ADDRESS

The MEBA Merchant Marine Memorial Foundation has changed its mailing address.  Please address all future correspondence, donations, and order forms to:

 

MMMMF
27050 St. Michaels Rd.
Easton, MD 21601

  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW STCW COURSES

Do you have questions about the requirements concerning the new STCW courses? Read our FAQ for more information.

NEW STCW COURSES - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

VPDSD COURSE INFORMATION

CMES is currently running Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) as an evening course.

    • Classes will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
    • The course is open to anyone who wishes to travel to the school. (MEBA members, please note that travel expenses will not be reimbursed.)
       

Students interested in taking the VPDSD class, please submit your registration:

VPDSD Electronic Registration
    

Electronic registration is preferred - however, you may submit a paper course application.

    • VPDSD is not printed on the application under "Course Selection".  Please write it in under "New/Unlisted Course", and indicate the start date.
    • Paper applications should be faxed to the school at (410) 822-7220.


INDUSTRY STUDENTS:

Tuition and room & board charges are to be paid in the school's Administration Office at the time of course attendance.  Payment can be made by credit card or cashier's check made payable to CMES - personal checks are not accepted.

    • course tuition - $300
    • room & board - $125/day (as available)
       

MEBA MEMBERS:

    • Course tuition and room & board are covered.
       

 

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