[QUOTE=FerrySurfer;172241]I’ve been working as an AB for about 6-7 years now. Initially on a 1600ton ferry and now on a 100ton tug boat. I’ve been looking at training facilities to get my Mates license (ive already taken basic and advanced fire fighting and Radar). i see there are courses for a 200ton mate upgrade from 100ton. i also see combined courses for 100ton master, 200ton mate, mate of towing. my question is: do I have to take my 100ton master before taking the 200ton mate? i always thought you could just take the highest tonnage that you qualify for. im trying to avoid taking more courses than i need since i’ll probably have to take time off from work. the 2/2 schedule doesnt allow for enough time to take all the classes. i want to bang it all out at once to cut down on travel and hotel.
also any school in the north east that are recommended? CMTI is looking like its got the best schedule. MPT is doable as well. i would love to find something closer to NY.
any help would be greatly appreciated, im struggling to find the answers on my own[/QUOTE]
Some of the 100 to 200 ton courses are set up in a modular format. There are separate courses for OUPV, then from OUPV to Master 100, and Master 100 to Mate/Master 200. If you do not yet have any license and are going for a 200 ton license, you take all 3. If you don’t have a license and are going for 100 tons, you take the first two. Also, if you have OUPV and want 200 tons, you take the last two, etc. Some schools use this modular format as it gives them a little more flexibility and may make the course suitable for greater audiences. Other schools have single courses for a single license.
You cannot get Master 200 as an original license, a portion of your time has to be as Mate, or Master. But you couild get possibly get Master 100 and Mate 200, and if you take a 200 tons course (or the total modules in separate courses) for Mate 200, you would not have a separate test for Master 100, and you wouldn’t test (or course) if you later upgrade to Master 200. But this may not be your best option –
Given the amount and tonnage of the sea time you already have, and that you have already taken basic and advanced fire fighting, I would consider taking Mate 500, Mate 1600, or maybe even 3rd Mate (assuming you have at least 3 years 100 GRT or more). Licenses for 200 GRT or less don’t require fire fighting, and if you later go for a 500 ton or greater license, your fire fighting courses have to be in the 5 years prior to applying. So you may “lose” those courses if you don’t go for 500 GRT or more now or in the near future. Also, having a 500 GRT or greater license will make it a lot easier for you to qualify to work as Mate on tugs.
If you do decide to go for the 200 Ton license, and want to have a viable option to work as Mate on tugs in the future, consider also applying for Apprentice Mate. Getting this will provide an alternate way to qualify as Mate for towing vessels (a license for 500 tons is probably still your best option).
Note that there are no courses that will substitute for the Mate 500/Mate 1600/3rd Mate exam. You’d have to take the test from the Coast Guard. But there are prep courses, and publications and software to help you study.