Okay, so I am a Able Seafarer - Engine/QMED with 5 ratings/RFPEW and I’m worried about my career path to 3rd AE in the future. I work a rotation and only get 180 days a year and spent a year in shipyard previously that does not count, so my seatime isn’t real high. I’m currently looking into options on my way to my 3rd’s that will give me the highest chance of being employable should anything happen at my current job or just if I want to amen a change at some point.
So I spent a few hours looking at NVIC 17-14 (OICEW & DDE) last night and I have some questions. I understand that basically you can skip some of the training, get the STCW endorsement and only be valid to 12/2016 or you can do the required training between now and then and have your STCW endorsement be valid for after 1/2017. Is this correct?
Also, it talks about needing 36months of seatime, OR 12months of seatime AND take an approved course. I couldn’t find an approved course through the USCG site for it yet. Does anyone know who might have one or be working on one? I could only find Engine Room Managment. Thinking that since I have the seatime I could do the course and then all the assessments and other classes and be good.
and speaking of ERM, Do Able Seafarer - Engine/QMED’s/RFPEW’s need to have this course completed by 2017? Couldn’t seem to find an answer on that. Thanks for your responses.