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,

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

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