Just took the 4-day DP simulator (advanced) course at Beier’s school in Gray (Houma), LA, and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the course. It was a magnitude better than the induction course I took at another provider.
Instructors were pleasant and knowledgeable, simulators and facility are top-notch, and even the catered lunches were pretty good. We got a full day’s instruction each day. And a free t-shirt.
Good mix of students from crewboats to drillships, in and out of the GoM, and the instructors were happy to let students share pertinent experiences without letting it devolve into eight hours of sea stories.
Two items that came up in discussion: 1.) anyone who took the induction course at Beier’s old facility with M****ce (he who shall not be named) – so long as you paid the school and your name is on the daily sign-in sheets, there should not be more than a slight delay (and how would you even tell?) while NI verifies that with the school. 2.) Login for the new NI Alexis platform (for “old scheme” folks, anyhow) is the email address on file and last name, first letter capitalized. That is, no longer your NI number.