GMDSS Maintainer license

Anybody know of a school that offers this course AND is STCW certified???Nothing on the NMC web site,

http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/marpers/pag/06-03.pdf

On page 2 of the above link it says

To qualify for an STCW-95 endorsement as GMDSS radio maintainer:
Complete a Coast Guard approved GMDSS Maintainer course.

Well, anybody know of one,

NMC said in an email to me
The only Coast Guard approved courses are the ones on the approved list on our website.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for contacting the National Maritime Center

There are no approved courses for GMDSS maintainer, most likely due to the limited demand for a person with this qualification - most vessels have elected to meet the GMDSS requirement by carrying spare parts/equipment vice a qualified maintainer.

Also, it is unlikely that a “course” will be able to acheive the competencies required. Look at the section “Training Related to the Mainetenance of GMDSS Installations on Board Ships” in section B-IV/2 of STCW, it’s unlikely bthis can be acheived in short course.

Look at NMC Policy Letter 6-03. You do not need an “approved” course. You can submit evidence of any training and experience that in the aggregates supports a dtermination that you have met the standards in B-IV/2. As mentioned, that’s probably going to be a series of training in electronics and experience as an electronic technician. A one or two week course will likely not be sufficient.

I ran into the same roadblock in 2009 when I renewed my credentials. I just took the Maintainer exam 9 years before without any course. I couldn’t find when the course requirement for Maintainer was implemented for STCW. Never persued it any further after I retired.

Has a specific STCW clause or wording for a maintainer endorsement or course come into effect very recently? My certificate simply states Radio Operator - Valid for service on vessels operating in the Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS). I hold an FCC issued General Radio Operator’s Certificate and GMDSS Operator/Maintainer.

The wording in B-IV/2 “Training related to maintenance of GMDSS installations onboard ships” (STCW.6/Circ 1 page 208) states that “The person designated to perform functions for at-sea electronic maintenance must hold an appropriate certificate as specified by the Radio Regulations or have equivalent at-sea electronic maintenance qualifications.” The document then goes on to outline what constitutes equivalency.

The way I read this is if you hold an STCW Radio Operator qualification valid for GMDSS and also hold a GMDSS maintainer certificate issued by your national radio licensing authority that is recognized by the ITU then you meet the STCW requirements.

Further perusal of the FCC regs shows that you don’t even need a GMDSS operator’s license to be a maintainer. A maintainer cannot operate the GMDSS equipment but he/she can repair it. The STCW makes no mention of having to be an operator either, it just states the certification or the equivalent electronic experience that must be held by the person filling the maintainer slot, as if such a slot even exists or ever will.

But then again, I don’t often read much of anything the same way the CG does.

Has there been any updates to this? I am going round and round with the Coast Guard about this…They claim that the people on their approved list run the course but I have yet to find anyone that does…

Any help will be greatly appreciated…

Thanks!