I have been struggling to figure this out over the past few months and now I am coming up on licensing expiration. I am your run of the mill 2nd mate unlimited oceans/1600 ton master. I last upgraded in 2017 and did all my required classes then. I do not actively sail and have no plans to in the future but I continue to be employed shoreside and I like having a current license in my back pocket (I am a training instructor/simulator operator). I do not have sea time over the past 5 years and will do the take home test or do the instructor exemption.
I am reading the USCG checklist for renewal and BST/Advance Firefighting/ARPA are not listed on the renewal requirements. I only see them under the STCW checklist. To me it looks like these classes are not required in order to renew but the mariners I work with are insistent that I need to take them.
So the question is, do I need to take the classes in order to just renew my license? Last time I paid out of pocket for these courses and I would really like to avoid having to do that again if I do not need to.
Thank you all.