[QUOTE=Fla-cracker;142358] My 500GRT master was issued in 1998. For me to get a 1600GRT now I have to completely retest… [/QUOTE]
This may not be correct. There were no chnages to 46 CFR 11.910 from 1998 until the recent change (the new rule adds a lot of new stuff to the Master 500/1600 exams), and there was no consolidating the exams similar to what was done in 2002 with Mate 500, Mate 1600 and 3rd Mate. You might consider asking the NMC for a “reconsideration” of this determination, and if they still stand by the original decision, appealing NMC’s decision to CG HQ. However, appeals may take up to 6 months to resolve., so this may not be an attractive option if you cannot wait that long.
On the recent changes to the Master 500/1600 exams in the new (March 2014) rules, anyone who has service towards the new license that started before March 24, 2014, is grandfathered, and until March 24, 2019, can take the old exams. Anyone who took Master 500 before this chnage to the exams will not have to take an exxam again when going to Master 1600, even if that happens after March 24, 2019.
[QUOTE=Flyer69;142360]…You may want to retain a license consultant to help with the testing part. I am in the same situation as you, I have a 500 GRT Master that I am currently in the process of upgrading to 1600 GRT Master based on seatime alone, my consultant told me I will not have to retest. [/QUOTE]
You may not need a consultant. You do not need a consultant to ask for a reconsideration of the NMC decision, and if they stand by the original decision, you can appeal to CG HQ.