[QUOTE=cappy208;35515]I think you may be confused with your companies ‘requirement’ that you have STCW, and RPFNW. These are NOT part of the AB (or ANY endorsement.) Some companies are making it a requirement to get hired to have AB, STCW, and RPFNW to get in the door. This is unfairly punishing new ‘entry level’ potential employees out of contention for entry level jobs.
Not every vessel is required to have STCW crewmembers, nor is the RPFNW required on most vessels. However it appears that companies don’t want to pay for training, so they expect everyone to go get this on their own, and paying for it themselves. I believe this is a misguided interpretation by AWO, and some (most) companies, so they can say to customers: “Hey, we have completely crewed our vessels with 1.A.B’s, 2. everyone is STCW compliant, 3. and everyone is a watchstanding crewmember.”
You can go get your A.B. and lifeboatman when you have the required amount of time of the requisite vessels. GO GET IT! Get a pay raise![/QUOTE]
How is this practice punitive? It is a direct result of our economic climate. They are hiring the most qualified candidate, which is what I would do and what they should do. Also I know of no companies that require STCW to get hired as a standard of policy, but most have it as a requirement in order to get paid as an AB.