I have long planned to concurrently test for both Master and Mate 500, for all the obvious reasons. Finished all of the required training and sea time, applied, and was approved to test for Master, but no mention of Mate (turned out the evaluator missed that on my application).Queried and was told by the evaluator she would have to kick it up to “management” for a defninitive answer about whether I could do that. Never heard anything back, sent an email this morning, and got the message below back.
This appears to me to be incorrect on at least two fronts (i.e., can’t test for both and that I would have to test again for 3rd Mate). Am I delusional, or is my evaluator mistaken? If the latter, what is the next step – a review, or an appeal, or …?
[B]" … you cannot be tested for Mate 500/1600 and are approved to test for the higher (Master 500), once you apply for 3rd Mate and actually qualify, then you may be approved to test. Also, testing for Mate 500/1600 will not necessary prevent future testing for 3rd Mate, this is for mariner who already tested and hold Mate 500/1600."[/B]