I’ve done quite a bit of searching, and hope I’m not replicating an old conversation here.
I’m getting ready to upgrade my license, and should qualify no problem for the national 500-ton near coastal. Obviously having the STCW version would also be good, but there seem to be quite a few hoops I haven’t cleared yet (Bridge Resource Management, Assessments, etc.).
My question: if I just get my national license for now, is it a relatively simple matter of adding those pieces later in order to get the STCW license? Or is this a situation where I should really get both sets of ducks in a row, in order to avoid heartache/headaches later?
I don’t specifically require either for my current work; it’s just time to upgrade, and I’d like to do it as wisely and efficiently as possible. Thanks in advance for your time and insights.