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Deck Officers - Guidance and Information on STAR Center's new STCW 2010 CHIEF MATE / MASTER (Management Level) Upgrade Program


STAR Center's STCW 2010 CHIEF MATE/MASTER (Management Level) Upgrade Program meets all requirements under new 46 CFR 11.305, 46 CFR 11.307 and NVIC 10-14 (Ch 2) - Master or Chief Mate on vessels of 3000 GT or more (Management Level)

Who Must use the new Chief Mate/Master upgrade system?

Anyone upgrading to Chief Mate after 1 January 2017 MUST use this program.

Required Training Courses

Under the new system for management level upgrade (Chief Mate/Master), the required training is as follows:

  • Advanced Ship Handling (Management Level) (2 weeks)
  • Advanced Stability (1 week)
  • Advanced Meteorology (1 week)
  • Search and Rescue (2 days)
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills (1 week)
  • Management of Medical Care (1/2 day)
  • Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS), in order to serve on a vessel with this equipment
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA), in order to serve on a vessel with this equipment
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), in order to serve on a vessel with this equipment.

(It is noted that the ECDIS, ARPA and GMDSS requirements will have been met previously at the operational level for most deep sea STCW mariners.)

New Task Assessments

NVIC 10-14 includes a list of approximately 130 tasks to be assessed. Certain Task Assessments are completed by taking required courses for the tasks specified. The tasks that are not part of a required course above can be completed onboard OR as part of an approved course other than those listed above (Optional Task Related Training - see below).

Assessment Guidelines

NVIC 10-14 CH2, Enclosure 2-Assessment Guidelines for Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 3,000 GT or More (Management Level) provides specific details on how tasks are signed off and who can sign tasks which can be completed onboard.

Qualified Assessor

All assessments must be signed by a qualified assessor approved by the Coast Guard in accordance with 46 CFR 10.405. The Coast Guard is aware that as a result of the limited number of approved QAs, there may be a hardship on mariners trying to complete STCW assessments after December 31, 2017. In consideration of this, the Coast Guard will continue to allow STCW assessments to be signed by an assessor who meets the requirements specified in NVIC 02-14 until December 31, 2019. These assessments must be submitted to the Coast Guard as part of a complete application no later than June 30,2020. Mariners are encouraged to obtain approval as a QA in accordance with 46 CFR 10.405(a). Additional information on obtaining approval can be found in NVIC 19-14 CH-1. In the interim, the Coast Guard will accept assessments signed by mariners who hold an appropriate national endorsement and have at least 1 year of experience as Master or Chief Mate on seagoing vessels of at least 1,600 GRT and/or 3,000 GT. STAR Center information and training on becoming a Qualified Assessor may be found here. – (STAR QA Program) https://www.star-center.com/qa.html

Record of Assessment

NVIC 10-14 CH2,Enclosure 3- Record Of Assessment is the specific document that tracks tasks that are not approved and included by the required courses. This is the document that is submitted to the USCG when tasks are signed by a Qualified Assessor. The new NVIC notes, "The Coast Guard will continue to accept demonstrations of competence using the original guidelines (Enclosure (2)) and documented using the original Record of Assessment (Enclosure (3)) until December 31, 2017."

Optional Task Related Training

The following new/ STAR courses are the courses needed to complete all assessment requirements under NVIC 10-14 Ch. 1 that are not included in the required training courses listed above. An individual would only need these courses if the related tasks are not completed onboard.

  • Advanced Cargo (NEW w/tasks)- 1 week
  • Advanced Navigation (NEW w/tasks)- 1 week
  • Marine Propulsion Plants (NEW w/tasks)- 1 week
  • Advanced Celestial (NEW w/tasks)- 1 week

Click here for a table showing how task assessments are accommodated in STAR Center's new STCW 2010 upgrade course

Guidance Notes:

As of 1 January 2017 you must adhere to the requirements of NVIC 10-14

Courses completed under previous regulations NO LONGER MEET THE REGULATORY UPGRADE REQUIREMENT.

Per USCG NMC you are unable to obtain course completion credit for the old upgrades taken before the USCG issues course approval as meeting the new requirement. All new required training must be approved prior to taking the course and, as such, a course taken prior to our new approvals will not be provided required training credit.

New Task Assessment vs. Old Control sheets:

In the new upgrade system under USCG NVIC 10-14, there are significantly more tasks (130) required to be assessed either onboard ship by a qualified assessor or in a USCG approved course than under previous regulations. The USCG will only provide credit for 40 of the new tasks required to be assessed based upon completing the correlated old control sheet per NVIC 10-14 Ch. 2

USCG NMC Checklists-

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