[QUOTE=kurtbelyeu;178607]Yes… I will be traveling from my home in Bangkok to the US just for these courses and I don’t want to do more than one trip if possible as airfare is quite expensive. When speaking with the REC center I was told that the schools must be done on US soil and the USCG would not consider any foreign certificates… it sucks because I have done most of these courses for my Liberian seaman’s book.
the USCG NMC website has a list of all USCG approved courses with links to schools.
A US school’s course schedule will be more important to you than the cost or location.
MPT in Fort Lauderdale is one of the larger schools with many courses scheduled every week. Its a good school with average costs. Fort Lauderdale is a good location with lots of reasonably priced flights, hotels (with MPT discount) , and affordable meals. Mptusa.com.
international Crew Training in Fort Lauderdale does not offer the best schedule, but they do have some night courses. So it might be possible tale a day course at MPT and a night course at ITC.
Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk is another large school which might be efficient for you as they also offer some night courses. You may be able to take one course during the day and another course at night, knocking out two courses per week. Norfolk is not as nice, and flights are not as cheap, but it offers low hotel and meal costs similar to Fort Lauderdale. Mid-Atlantic is a good school at slightly above average cost.
Training Resources in San Deigo might be another possibility for you, but living costs in San Deigo are much higher.
Its it’s really unfortunate that the USCG will not accept foreign STCW courses. I would like to take foreign courses. I think it would be an interesting experience, it could be coupled with a nice tax deductible vacation, and in some cases it would be cheaper.