CHAPTER I–COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
PART 10_LICENSING OF MARITIME PERSONNEL–Table of Contents
Subpart D_Professional Requirements for Deck Officers' Licenses
Sec. 10.474 License for ballast control operator.
(a) To qualify for a license or endorsement as ballast control
operator (BCO), an applicant must:
(1) Present evidence of the following experience:
(i) One year of employment assigned to MODUs including at least 28
days of service as a trainee under the supervision of a licensed ballast
control operator; or
(ii) A degree from a program in engineering or engineering
technology which is accredited by the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology (ABET). Commanding Officer, National Maritime
Center will give consideration to accepting education credentials from
programs having other than ABET accreditation. An applicant qualifying
through a degree program must also have at least 28 days of service as a
trainee under the supervision of a licensed ballast control operator;
[I]B Present evidence of training course completion as follows:
(i) A certificate from a Coast Guard approved stability course
approved for a barge supervisor or ballast control operator license or
(ii) A certificate from a Coast Guard approved survival suit and
survival craft training course; and
(iii) A certificate from a firefighting training course as required
by Sec. 10.205(g) of this part.
(b) An applicant for an endorsement as BCO who holds an unlimited
license as master, mate, chief engineer, or assistant engineer must
satisfy the requirements in paragraph (a)(2) of this section and have at
least 28 days of service as a trainee under the supervision of a
licensed ballast control operator.
If you notice that part 2) (i) Provide a certificate of an approved BCO or Barge Supervisor Course.
That is the part that you would have to test to receive that certificate. I “think” you can take the test at the Coast Guard. If not you are going to have to waste a week of your life in a class to get that Certificate. Also you only need 28 days sea time under the supervision of a license BCO to get the BCO. The 84 days is for Barge Supervisor or OIM with an Unlimited license. I just went through this. I did the Suit training at MSTC and the BCO and MODU Stability at Martin International. You do have to test. They are not going to just give it to you. I am getting ready to test for my CHief Mate and I am also asking to just test for the Barge Supervisor so I don’t have to spend a week in class for that. I do plan on going back to Martin Intl. to meet the OIM requirement.