Credential Return Time

Having first logged my application into their system on January 23rd I am now at the “Ready to be evaluated PQEB” stage. It’s been a little over 3 weeks now, which really isn’t all that bad I guess, I just don’t like all the hurry up and wait between stages. If it’s waiting to be evaluated, how long is the line at the evaluator’s desk? I wish they’d give you some kind of an estimate like some DMV’s do.

Update: The USCG must have read all my whining in my last post an hour ago I just received an email saying that I have been assigned an evaluator and am being reviewed. Now let that be a lesson to all of you: complaining aimlessly does work!

That’s weird, I don’t get update emails and they have my email address. pout

[QUOTE=catherder;99063]That’s weird, I don’t get update emails and they have my email address. pout[/QUOTE]

I have to admit I was quite surprised myself, that I have been kept so well informed. I guess I really can’t complain about my experience with the Coast Guard this time around. Other people have had to wait far longer, and as it turns out, not everyone gets nice update emails every time their application moves to a new stage of the process. I may have no right to complain but it worked this time!

[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;99067]I have to admit I was quite surprised myself, that I have been kept so well informed. I guess I really can’t complain about my experience with the Coast Guard this time around. Other people have had to wait far longer, and as it turns out, not everyone gets nice update emails every time their application moves to a new stage of the process. I may have no right to complain but it worked this time![/QUOTE]

I’m not complaining either, in fact I was pleased with how quickly I got through the test and credential part but for updates, I had to check the NMC website. I just didn’t get the emails for some reason. I checked my spam folder, not there either. Must be some oddball glitch.

Now I have my app in for STCW and hope to get that sticker back soon. I use Baltimore REC and they seem to be pretty fast.

[QUOTE=catherder;98858]I am sending off my certificates for BST and RFPEW with my app. Do I need another oath as well? Anyone know?[/QUOTE]

The oath is one time only. Give it once and you don’t need to give it again.

[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;99058]Update: The USCG must have read all my whining in my last post…![/QUOTE]

Nah. They only read when I forward to them.

I just found the reason people don’t include their emails on their USCG applications. Getting the updates is nice but apparently you get an automatic message if you have been approved that you’re all set, you just need to sit for your exams. I was rather displeased with this as I have already tested. I asked someone in the know and they told me that whether you’ve tested or not everyone gets the same message, they actually suggest you leave your email off your application so that this doesn’t happen. Let’s hope they’re right. I really don’t want to argue with the NMC over whether I’ve actually taken USCG exams or not. I certainly won’t be doing it again if I don’t have to!

I sent in my stcw app and certificates last week. No change in status or any indication that Baltimore has done anything. Now that I’m in town should I pester the REC? Hmm.

One week to the day after I send in my STCW certificates I get this:

"Please do not reply to this e-mail address. This is an unmonitored e-mail account. If you have any questions, contact the NMC at IASKNMC@uscg.mil or 888-IASKNMC.

Important information concerning your credential “INTERNATIONAL ENDORSEMENT, Reference Number: 1234567 and Application ID: 7654321” from the National Maritime Center.

Regional Examination Center BALTIMORE has received your application and has forwarded it to the National Maritime Center for evaluation."

I guess that President’s Day weekend was a little too rough up in Charm City :eek:

Still, though, who’s complaining. I like this system.

True or false: my exams (less than 12 months old) for a 200-ton NC mate’s license and AB (limited) are valid for a 100-ton inland master? I’m pretty sure that’s the case but I’m not quite sure the NMC believes me. I have asked around and everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that this is the case. According to the NMC I have to take a Chart Plot and and a Deck Safety/General/Environmental Protection. I took some version of both of those things for my 200-ton NC mate, I really don’t know why they would be any different for a 100-ton inland master.

Can anyone offer any expertise on this???

It took 3 weeks from submitting my paperwork via email to “ready to print”. Not bad for a renewal.

[QUOTE=Averof;100152]It took 3 weeks from submitting my paperwork via email to “ready to print”. Not bad for a renewal.[/QUOTE]

Yes! The new system is pretty fast. I have heard plenty of stories about lost paperwork and months of waiting for routine things so I am pretty happy with the current scheme. For my approved to test letter on an original, it was about two weeks, actually not even that. And I’d sent them a mountain of old Navy records they had to sift through.

[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;100151]True or false: my exams (less than 12 months old) for a 200-ton NC mate’s license and AB (limited) are valid for a 100-ton inland master? I’m pretty sure that’s the case but I’m not quite sure the NMC believes me. I have asked around and everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that this is the case. According to the NMC I have to take a Chart Plot and and a Deck Safety/General/Environmental Protection. I took some version of both of those things for my 200-ton NC mate, I really don’t know why they would be any different for a 100-ton inland master.

Can anyone offer any expertise on this???[/QUOTE]

I’ll bet Mr. Cavo can weigh in on this…

[QUOTE=catherder;100170]I’ll bet Mr. Cavo can weigh in on this…[/QUOTE]

Help! Help! I’m being oppressed! Someone get Mr. Cavo, quick!

Mine was sent out the 12th or 13th and I’m still waiting. Starting to get antsy…

[QUOTE=ryanwood86;100174]Mine was sent out the 12th or 13th and I’m still waiting. Starting to get antsy…[/QUOTE]

It took them a good while to get mine in the system after it was sent it, don’t loose heart, it will show up, just keep checking that Homeport.

[QUOTE=PaddyWest2012;100173]Help! Help! I’m being oppressed! Someone get Mr. Cavo, quick![/QUOTE]

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Come and see the violence inherent in the system!!:wink:

Submitted on dece 13 to uscg they mailed it on feb 13. They didn’t ask nor need anything just were showing the power. And today the nmc done everything in 5 minutes from arrival to send me the darn stuff.

[QUOTE=Bamatug;100178]Submitted on dece 13 to uscg they mailed it on feb 13. They didn’t ask nor need anything just were showing the power. And today the nmc done everything in 5 minutes from arrival to send me the darn stuff.[/QUOTE]

Ah, but that was over the holidays. Didn’t you get the memo? :cool: