I am considering trying to get my Chief Mate License in the somewhat near future. I currently hold a 2nd Mate Unlimited and a 1600 Master. My OS seatime started back in 2010. Even though the current USCG Checklist says that these classes are "Additional training if sea service started after March 24, 2014" I believe I will be required to take them since it is after Jan 1, 2017 ( May be mistaken on this but I am about 90% sure).
When looking up the requirements for the Chief Mate I noticed that the Domestic or National Chief Mate does not call for the classes that the STCW would call for (Adv. Ship Handling, Adv. Stability, Adv. Meteorology, Search and Rescue, Management of Medical Care).
With this being the case, could I go about this by not taking the classes at this point and simply submitting for the Domestic Chief Mate, taking the exam and then if I pass, take the courses at a later date to obtain the STCW endorsement of Chief Mate? If I were to go about it this way, would I be required to take any additional exams for the STCW Endorsements or would I just be able to submit the certificates and be good to go?
I just do not want to pay for the classes as they are fairly expensive just to find out that I need to study a lot more then my certificates expire or I just never pass the exam haha.
Sorry if this was covered but I couldn't find it after doing a little search.