I am currently in a 500/1600T Mate Training program. My classmates and I have been attending training for approximately 2 1/2 years.
We had a 40 Hour Lifeboat/Proficiency in Survival Craft course in the summer of 2007. The certificate issued is stated as being good for 1 year from date of completion. We have been told that the certificate will be good from the date of the course completion certificate (the entire 500/1600T Mate course) which would be issued within the next couple of months.
While I should have submitted paperwork to obtain an updated STCW certificate I didn’t. In addition, due to my applicable sea service, I will be submitting my application for a Third Mate AGT rather than a 500/1600T Mate. The Program Manager has stated that he has had difficulty with the Coast Guard accepting such course completion and the Lifeboat when in similiar circumstances with his NOAA cadets.
Should the Coast Guard accept my service for a Third Mate why would I need to repeat the Lifeboat course. Why would it matter for the requirements of the Lifeboat certificate whether or not I have the larger 500/1600T course completion?
One of the big advantages of the program itself is reduced sea time requirements. I already have the sea time regardless of the course or not. The component portions of the course complete the requirements I would need for a license.