[QUOTE=jdcavo;194708]A course probably isn’t going to be enough for RFPNW, unless it is more than a couple of days long and makes use of a simulator. There are a series of practical assessments you need to do also (steering, lookout, etc.). If you completed the Navy’s PQS for helmsman and lookout, that will cover the assessments.
You will also need to show six months of seagoing service, which includes training and experience associated with navigational watchkeeping functions and involves the performance of duties carried out under the supervision of the master or mate.
I’m not aware of any “exemptions.” The only thing I can think of that this might be referring to is a grandfathering provision for Able Seafarer-Deck that would include getting RFPNW. That grandfathering expired January 1, 2017, and is no longer available.[/QUOTE]
How about this then
"[I]NEW *** Only request 180 days of watchstanding if the applicant only holds Ordinary Seaman and has not applied for any
Able Seaman endorsement on the same application. If both Able Seaman and RFPNW requested, applicant must qualify for
Able Seaman (including Lifeboatman) and pass examinations if no documented watchstanding submitted with application. If
applicant wants RFPNW issued prior to testing for Able Seama
n, you must obtain documentation of watchstanding.[/I]"
[QUOTE=Menizzi;194722]My book says AB limited (2016) but the job i am applying for wants able seafarer deck in the books. But it looks like if i take the 2 day course at L.E. Fletcher (rfpnw) I should get my sticker
Seafarers holding a rating endorsement as able seaman beforeJanuary 1, 2017, will be eligible for this endorsement upon showingevidence of:1. Holding an endorsement as RFPNW, and2. Having satisfactorily completed approved training in:i. Proficiency in Survival Craft orii. Proficiency in Survival Craft - Limited
IF i am reading that correct.[/QUOTE]
This is the confusing bit that can be interpreted in two ways. I called NMC 3 or so different times and received a totally different response each time about it.
I have also posted a thread on gCaptain with this exact same question and no, seems like you indeed have to just qualify under the new requirements from Jan 1, 2017 onwards (which has its own can of worms)