Adv. Fire is now a $500 Revalidation requirement, as is BT and PSC. That’s three courses that take 5 to 6 days and $1500 or more, plus travel, hotels, and meals. I agree that it’s a good idea to have these refreshers. But, I don’t agree with the high cost. The schools are really sticking it to us. In an era of fewer, lower quality, lower paying jobs, and on top of all the other STCW and industry courses we have to take, this is hard to swallow. The radar renewal does have some value’ I wouldn’t mind if it could be done online for $100.
Someone, maybe MARAD, should fund development of standard online STCW courses. The hands on parts of BT, PSC, and Adv. Fire Revalidation could be done in one 12 hour day at much lower cost.
The USCG probably thinks that unions and employers are paying for these courses, but most of us have to pay out of pocket. It’s really discouraging to pay for all these courses and the get a pay cut.
I understand that the foreigners have to retake Med PiC and GMDSS every five years. Eventually, so will we. That’s 20 days and at least $10,000 with travel and hotels.