I read yesterday from a link on gcaptain forum that the CG has again pushed back the date that STCW training record books must be signed off by USCG approved Qualified Assessors & not by any officer with a license. This seems to be the reoccurring trend with this QA dilemma, not of enough QA’s & the CG extends the deadline again. Besides myself, I haven’t heard of any mariners taking the Qualified Assessor course, completing the paper work & sending it in to have their names added to the approved QA list recently so I don’t think the lack of QA problem is getting any better. Unless companies start rewarding officers to take the course & do the paperwork I think the program will stay broken & many more extensions will come. It seems to me the QA program is another bureaucratic government program that failed.
Does anyone know of any companies that pay extra for a person to be an CG approved QA?
What’s the target percentage of mariners with QA’s is the CG aiming for before they stop extending the approved QA deadline?