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UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020!!

Engineering Officers - Guidance and Information on new STCW 2010 1st Assistant Engineer / Chief Engineer (Management Level) Upgrade Program

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020!!

STAR Center's STCW 2010 Engineering (Management Level) Upgrade Program meets all requirements under new 46 CFR 11.325, 46 CFR 11.327 and NVIC 15-14 Chief Engineer Officer and Second Engineer Officer on vessels of 3,000 kW/4,000 HP Propulsion Power or more (Management Level)

Who Must use the 1st Assistant Engineer / Second Engineer Officer upgrade system?

Anyone upgrading after 1 January 2017 MUST adhere to the requirements of 46 CFR 11.327 and NVIC 15-14.

Required Training Courses

Under the new system for management level upgrade (First Assistant), the required training is as follows:

  • Leadership and Managerial Skills (1 week)
  • Engine Resource Management (1 week) (required unless previously taken for gap closing or original license)
  • Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE) (1-week)

New Task Assessments –

NVIC 15-14 (as amended) includes a list of tasks to be assessed (including propulsion mode specific tasks). Course do provide task compliance, however tasks can be:

  • Completed onboard OR
  • As part of an approved course other than those courses listed above (Optional Task Related Training).


Assessment Guidelines

NVIC 15-14 (scroll to enclosure 2) 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. 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, 2021. These assessments must be submitted to the Coast Guard as part of a complete application no later than June 30,2022. 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 Enclosure (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 Chief Engineer or 1st Assistant Engineer on seagoing vessels of at least 3,000kW/4,000HP. 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 15-14 (scroll to enclosure 3) 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.

Optional Task Related Training-

The following new STAR courses include the additional task assessments required under NVIC 15-14. An individual would only need these courses if the related tasks are not completed onboard.

  • STCW Upgrade Task Assessment - Generals & Motors (5 days) This class is required by all propulsion types (Motor, Gas and Steam) Licensed engineers. This 5-day class will satisfy ALL GENERAL tasks and all those required for Motors License upgrade - OPTIONAL: Tasks can be signed off onboard

  • STCW Upgrade Task Assessment - Steam (5 days) Includes additional task sign-offs for those with a STEAM license - OPTIONAL: Tasks can be signed off onboard

  • STCW Upgrade Task Assessment - Gas Turbine (3 days) Includes additional task sign-offs for those with a GAS TURBINE license- OPTIONAL: Tasks can be signed off onboard

Click here too see how NVIC 15-14 (as amended) required tasks are included in STAR Center's STCW Upgrade Task Assessment courses.

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