[QUOTE=Hawespiper;133260]Just finished reading all the NVICs regarding the implementation and grandfathering provisions of the the Manila Amendments. Something is not clear to me regarding the required training every 5 years for AFF/BT/Lifeboatman/etc. Do the current FULL versions (not refreshers or other watered down versions) of those classes meet the post 1/1/2017 requirements? Specifically,if I take a full 5 day AFF class in 2014, will any other firefighting training be required before 2019?
I can forsee a mad rush in 2016 of late comers who all need these classes and am trying to avoid that.[/QUOTE]
The requirement doesn’t start until the first time you renew or upgrade after 12/31/2016 The requirements start in 2017, NOT 2019)
If you have on year of service in the last five, you can either:
- Take the full original courses again;
- Take a comprehensive REFRESHER course that gives some refresher training and assesses you in all of the competencies; or
- Take a shorter REVALIDATION course that covers only the assessments and exercises that can’t reasonably and/or safely be done on a vessel (generally, getting in the water and putting out real fires) and show your one year of sea service (in the last five years).
If you do NOT have the one year of sea service, you can do nos. 1 or 2, above.
The courses for those with one year of service in the last five will have “REVALIDATION” in the title, the courses for for those without the one year of service will; be REFRESHER courses.
As noted above, this starts with the first renewal or upgrade after 12/31/2016. Until then, you do not need to renew Advanced Firefighting or Proficiency in Survival Craft, and can renew BST with just one year of service and no additional courses.
Since 2009 it has been possible to renew at any time, you do not have to wait until one year before expiration as in the past.