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STCW AND NATIONAL REGULATIONS REQUIRE PERIODIC “REVALIDATION/REFRESHER” TRAINING

January 31st 2017

The revalidation/refresher training listed below must be taken every three or five years.

Note that several of the one-day seminars (MED-DOT, HAZMAT, radar) can usually be scheduled “on demand” in the evenings or weekends. Please check with the MITAGS Admissions Office, admissions@mitags.org.

The PSC refresher is under development and is expected to be on the schedule by July.

The following is a list of the most common ones:

New and Existing Refresher Training

Drug and Alcohol Testing (1-Day, Med-DOT-DA):

Every five years, for mariner(s) designated, by the SMS, to gather specimens after a reportable marine accident.

Hazardous Materials (1-day):

Every three years, for officers and ratings responsible for cargo handling on ships carrying dangerous and hazardous substances in solid, bulk or package form.

(Note: Some trust companies offer this training onboard.)

Radar Renewal (ROR-1):

Must renew within five years of the radar course certificate. License is invalid if radar endorsement has expired.

Basic Training Revalidation (2-Day BT-Rev):

For all mariners (licensed and unlicensed) with STCW endorsements/credentials. Certificate must be dated within five years of STCW credentials renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (1-Day, FF-ADV-Rev):

For deck and engine officers with STCW credentials. Every five years of STCW credential renewal. Must also have one year of sea time in the last five years.

Note: If you do not have one year of sea time in the last five years, you must take Basic Training Refresher (2 days, BT-REF), the two-day AFF-Ref, plus a Personal Survival Craft Refresher (under development; expected to be on the MITAGS-PMI schedules in 2018.

If in doubt about whether these regulations apply, please have your mariner number ready and contact:
Jennifer Pitzen, Student Services Coordinator at jpitzen@mates.org.

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