If I have a 1600/3000 master ocean, ARPA, GMDSS, ECDIS, VSO, med care provider, flashing light, and STCW A-II/2 rating, can I complete the assessments in NVIC 11-07 to have OICNW added to my STCW/MMC certificate on my next renewal, without testing or applying for an upgrade to 3rd Mate at the same time? I just want the OICNW endorsement for now, and then work on 3rd Mate after that. I have about 6 years as master/mate time on my current license.
In the examination section 4 d (2), it seems that I will need to test again since I did not take a mates exam after Feb 2002. However, it also says, “…must complete the examinations described above [U][I][B]OR[/B][/I][/U] complete an approved alternative to demonstrate that they have achieved the required standard of competence for knowledge based KUPs.” So, what is an “approved alternative”, I cannot figure out to what they are referring?
What are the current routes to go directly to 2M or CM, from either a 3000 master or 6000 OSV master, if any?
Anchorman, jdcavo, capt.lee, and c.captain; you guys are quite knowledgeable and helpful; perhaps you can shed some light on these question for me. Also, just so this does not come up, I am not whining and/or trying to get something for free, I simply want to know what my options are and what the smartest plan of attack is, so I do not duplicate efforts or miss something crucial.
Thank you in advance to all those who reply!