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PROFICIENCY TEST INFORMATION

 

CMES offers three ways for MEBA members to complete the Maersk proficiency tests. Tests may be taken either at the school or through your local Prometric Testing Center. The Computer Applications proficiency test is also available online through the CMES website.

Students must achieve a 70% to pass a written exam. While you will be given two attempts to pass the test, you must receive at least a 60% on the first attempt to be eligible to take the second attempt.
    

Please Note: These proficiency tests are available to MEBA members only.

  • Successful completion of any proficiency test will give the member credit towards their Maersk training requirements.
  • NO course certificate or other form of endorsement will be issued.

 

PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER OPTION

Members may register to take written proficiency exams for Diesel Engineering, Industrial Electronics, Instrumentation, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and Refrigeration at their local Prometric Testing Center.  Students must complete the application form requesting to take an exam - the link to the form may be found below. Members must submit a separate application form for each proficiency test they want to take.

Within three (3) business days, they will receive an email confirmation with the information required to take a test at Prometric. Upon receiving the confirmation email, students must go to the Prometric website to schedule their exam.

  • Any questions pertaining to scheduling exams or locating testing centers must be directed to Prometric.
  • Please direct any other questions concerning proficiency testing through Prometric to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Students will be notified by CMES of their test results.

The HAZMAT and Computer Applications proficiency tests will not be offered through Prometric.

  • The HAZMAT test will only be offered at CMES due to the use of reference books during the test.
  • The Computer Applications test is offered at CMES and through the CMES website (see additional information in the sections below).

Prometric Testing Application Form

 

CMES TESTING OPTION

MEBA Members may take any of the proficiency tests while they are at CMES. Testing is scheduled once a week, usually on Wednesdays after class. Students are allowed to take one test per testing session. Additional test sessions may be offered if staff is available.

Since the Welding and Machine Shop proficiencies are hands-on, they will only be offered at CMES. These two tests are generally offered every Tuesday after class.

If you wish to take a proficiency test while attending a class at the school, please go to the Administration Office to obtain and turn in a Proficiency Test form.

 

WEBSITE TESTING OPTION

The Computer Applications proficiency test is available online through the CMES website. This is, however, the only proficiency test available in this format. As with all other proficiency tests, you will be given two attempts to pass. A 70% is needed to achieve a passing grade. Study materials may be found on the test website through various links to other websites.

If you wish to take the Computer Applications proficiency test online, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information and instructions.

 

Details of Training Requirements
  

Maersk Training Requirements

 

MEBA STUDENT ADMISSION PROCEDURES

 

All MEBA members are afforded equal access to the courses offered at the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School once course eligibility standards have been met.

 

COURSE APPLICATION PROCESSING

If the course you applied for is not full and all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be registered for that course.  If the course is full, you will be placed on a standby waiting list for that course.

After your course application has been processed, you will receive by mail a Student Schedule. Please note the following concerning the Student Schedule:

  • The Student Schedule is a complete record of your submitted course applications for the calendar year.  It will indicate one of 3 statuses for each course listed: (1) Registered - completed and upcoming course registrations; (2) Standby - courses for which you have been placed on Standby status, either as a result of the class being filled, or your already having 2 active course applications for the sememster, or your employer has insufficient training-week allocation to cover the length of the class; OR (3) Dropped - courses which you have been previously registered into or placed on Standby status for which you have subsequently dropped (cancelled) are all listed collectively.
  • You will receive an updated Student Schedule if: (1) your status on any course application changes from Standby to Registered; or (2) you have previously submitted a course application(s) in a given calendar year, and a subsequent course application(s) is/are submitted.
  • You are considered enrolled in any class for which you have a Registered status unless the Registrar's office receives notification to the contrary -- no confirmation of attendance is necessary for a Registered class.  If you are unable to attend an upcoming class for which you are registered, you must contact the Registrar no less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the class.

CMES will not accept any course applications by telephone.  All course applications must be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • By personal delivery
  • By regular U.S. mail
  • By Fax to our admissions office at (410) 822-7220
  • By email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This method requires an electronic copy of your completed application to be attached as a PDF file.
  • By filling out our website Electronic Application Form

You must make a separate written application for each desired course.  Please fill out the application completely.  Missing information will delay your registration for the desired course.  All submitted application forms must be signed by the student except for website applications.

   

COURSE ELIGIBILITY

Requirements to attend the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School:

  1. Member in good standing with District No. 1, MEBA
  2. 30 days of covered employment under the Training Plan, including days of paid vacation from the MEBA Vacation Plan, within the 12 months prior:
    1. to the start date of a class at Calhoon MEBA Engineering School or other approved school; or
    2. to the date of the class application for Calhoon MEBA Engineering School courses only
  3. Be assigned to a qualified Employer for which the Officer worked the highest number of days in the six months preceding the month in which the Officer submits an application to attend training courses at the School; a qualified Employer for purposes of this requirement is an Employer that has sufficient training-week allocation to cover the length of the class.  (See the Eligibility for Training section below for additional details.)

In the event a participant does not meet these requirements, he/she will be notified by the School Registrar.  At that time he/she can contact the Registrar to determine other options that may be available.

   

ELIGIBILITY FOR TRAINING

Starting in 2013, each Training Plan participant will be assigned to the employer for which the participant worked the most days in the 6 calendar months preceding the month in which the participant submitted the application.

For courses starting on or after February 1, 2013, each employer will be allocated a number of weeks of training to be available for the participants assigned to it, based on the employer's projected contributions to the Training Plan for the calendar year.  If the number of weeks allocated to an employer has been exhausted, participants assigned to such employer will not be approved for training courses unless:

  1. an employer elects to make additional contributions to cover the cost of the training or the participant elects to pay the costs of such training; or
  2. if the course is unrelated to work for the employer for which the participant is assigned and will qualify the participant to work for another employer (or employers), the participant will be permitted to attend the course provided the participant signs an agreement (under which the participant agrees to pay for the actual cost of training if the participant does not go to work for such other employer within (i) 12 months of completing a course requiring an annual certification or (ii) 24 months of all other courses, unless the participant diligently seeks such work and is not hired for such position through no fault of the participant).

Approval of applications for courses will require that the course be related to the participant's job or a job in which the participant will seek to work.

Notwithstanding the above rules, the Training Plan will reimburse participants for up to $1,200 per year for off-site tuition costs for courses the School determines are STCW related.

  

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

On the first day of the course you must have in your possession and produce for inspection the following documents:

  • current dues receipt and discharges
  • photo identification
  • copies of receipts if you have driven more than 400 miles

   

MAXIMUM COURSE APPLICATIONS

To allow equal access, no more than four (4) course applications for classes may be submitted per semester.

  • Two of these applications will be registered for the selected course (space permitting), and the remaining two course applications will be placed on the standby list for the selected course.
  • When submitting several applications simultaneously, it is important for the member to specify each application's priority in the space provided on the application form.

       

CANCELLATION PROCEDURES

To enable CMES to maximize the utilization of our resources and fulfill the training needs of all students, it is very important that you notify us as soon as you know you will be unable to attend a class for which you are registered. To cancel your enrollment in a course, please phone, fax, or write to the school. You, your spouse, or another designated person can notify the school. To authenticate your cancellation, we will need to know the course(s) being cancelled.

   

COURSE ATTENDANCE

We process thousands of applications during a single year. Our aim is always to provide the most efficient service possible to our students. Your adherence to our established registration policies contributes to our efficiency and is greatly appreciated.

Many students call the school to learn that a particular course is full and therefore do not forward an application. Please file an application for any course you desire to take. We cannot register you without an application. Any course that is two or more months away will almost always have cancellations. Nearly all classes contain 25-50% of people who were originally on a standby list.

   

ROOM AND BOARD

  • Room and board at the school will be furnished to any MEBA member while satisfactorily enrolled and attending a course.
  • There is no room fee for a member's spouse or registered guest  while staying in the same room with the member. However, there is a charge per day if an additional room is required.
  • Arrival time for a course is no earlier than noon Saturday before the course.
  • Departure time after a course is no later than 1500 on the day of course graduation. If an additional day is required, a per day rate will be charged to the member.
  • There is a charge for meals for spouses, guests, and children. Please inquire at the Administration Office for current pricing.

   

PENALTIES

Neither credit for completion of any course nor any allowances will be given to a student until all loaned materials are returned and any monies owed the school have been paid in full.

Loaned materials include:

  • books and equipment used in the course
  • overdue equipment loaned to complete correspondence courses

Monies owed include but are not limited to:

  • examination fees
  • bookstore purchases
  • boat damage assessment
  • boat fuel

CMES POLICIES

 

No Smoking Policy

In keeping with the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School’s intent to provide a safe and healthful learning and work environment, smoking is prohibited. This policy applies equally to all students, employees, and visitors to our campus. Restrictions include but are not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, and devices such as e-cigarettes, pipes, and vaporizers.

Students and guests who smoke may do so in designated areas outside of all buildings. All smoking related debris must be disposed in the provided receptacles.

 

Meals for Students' Guests

There is a charge for meals for students' spouses, guests, and children.  Please inquire at the Administration Office for current pricing.

 

Stay Overs

Anyone wishing to stay over on the Friday that they graduate must sign up in the office - you have until close of business on the Tuesday before you graduate to do so.  No one will be allowed to stay over who did not sign up.

 

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be turned off in the classroom.  If you forget to do so and your phone rings, please do not answer it.  Students are given numerous breaks throughout the day, which will provide time to handle phone calls and messages.

 

Dress Code

The schools dress code is as follows:

  • Collared shirts are mandatory.  The shirt must have sleeves and cover the entire torso.
  • Closed toed shoes are mandatory.  No flip-flops, sandals, crocks, etc. are allowed.
  • All attire must be clean and without rips or tears.

The dress code applies to the academic buildings during normal business hours (0800-1600) and in the cafeteria during all meal hours (except on weekends).  The dress code does not apply in the bar.

 

Lock Out Procedure

If you are locked out of your room, for any reason, the procedure is as follows:

  • During normal business hours, go to the receptionist desk and Janet will take care of you.
  • During meal hours, any one of the catering staff can help you.
  • If the bar is open, see the bartender.
  • Between the hours of 2300 and 0700, call the emergency number.

NOTE – When you call the emergency number you will be talking to an answering service, not to one of our staff members.  Give them the information they ask you for, and then either go to wait by your room, or wait in one of the visible public areas so the responder can find you.  The responder will not open your room if you are not there.

 

Photo IDs

Please bring a government issued photo ID with you.  The receptionist will scan an electronic copy of your ID for our records, and she will take your picture.  We are required by USCG to verify that you are who you say you are.  We can not issue you a certificate of course completion without this.

 

Class Attendance / Early Departure

Attendance is mandatory to successfully complete a class.  Tardiness and missed classes can be grounds for not receiving a course completion certificate, regardless of the grades a student earns on tests and lab work.

If for any reason you must leave the class before graduation day you will not be issued a certificate.  If you choose to take the class over again, you must repeat the entire course, not just the part you missed.

MARITIME / INDUSTRY RELATED STUDENT ADMISSION PROCEDURES

 

All students, who must be sponsored by a company, military, or government agency, are afforded access to courses offered at the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School once course eligibility standards have been met. All submitted course applications are time and date stamped in the order received and processed in that order after MEBA student applications have been processed. Should a company, military, or government agency sponsor the minimum number of students required for a course, a special class will be conducted.

 

PAYMENT TERMS

Advanced payment is required to reserve space in CMES courses. Full payment (payable to CMES) must be made prior to the start of the course by check, money order, government agency authorization, government purchase order, or credit card (Visa or MasterCard) unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance.

   

REFUNDS / SUBSTITUTIONS

Full refund requests (less a $30.00 processing fee per course registrant) will be honored if received in writing at least fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled course start date. Refunds will not be honored after the refund deadline and "no shows" are subject to the full registration fees. The full course fee may be applied as a credit toward another course scheduled within one year.

CMES reserves the right to cancel courses as necessary. Please note that CMES may cancel a course if the minimum number of students is not achieved. If CMES cancels a course, course fees will be refunded in full.

    

COURSE APPLICATION PROCESSING

If the course you applied for is not full and all eligibility requirements have been met, you will be registered for that course.  If the course is full, you will be placed on a standby waiting list for that course.

After your course application has been processed, you (or your company representative) will receive by mail a Student Schedule. Please note the following concerning the Student Schedule:

  • The Student Schedule will indicate one of 3 statuses for each course listed: (1) Registered, (2) Standby, or (3) Dropped.
  • The Student Schedule is a complete record of your submitted course applications for the calendar year: (1) completed and upcoming course registrations; (2) courses for which you have been placed on Standby status; and (3) courses which you have been previously registered into or placed on Standby status for which you have subsequently dropped (cancelled) are all listed collectively.
  • You will receive an updated Student Schedule if: (1) your status on any course application changes from Standby to Registered; or (2) you have previously submitted a course application(s) in a given calendar year, and a subsequent course application(s) is/are submitted.
  • You are considered enrolled in any class for which you have a Registered status unless the Registrar's office receives notification to the contrary -- no confirmation of attendance is necessary for a Registered class.  If you are unable to attend an upcoming class for which you are registered, you must contact the Registrar no less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the class.

CMES will not accept any course applications by telephone.  All course applications must be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • By personal delivery
  • By regular U.S. mail
  • By Fax to our admissions office at (410) 822-7220
  • By email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This method requires an electronic copy of your completed application to be attached as a PDF file.

A separate written application must be submitted for each desired course. Please fill out the application completely. Missing information will delay registration for the desired course.   All submitted application forms must be signed by the company representative.

   

CANCELLATION PROCEDURES

To enable CMES to maximize the utilization of our resources and fulfill the training needs of all students, it is very important that you notify us as soon as you know you will be unable to attend a class for which you are registered.  To cancel your enrollment in a course please contact the school by email, phone, fax, or mail.  You, your company representative, or another designated person can notify the school. To authenticate your cancellation, we will need to know the course(s) being cancelled.

   

COURSE ATTENDANCE

We process thousands of applications during a single year. Our aim is always to provide the most efficient service possible to our students. Your adherence to our established registration policies contributes to our efficiency and is greatly appreciated.

Many students call the school to learn that a particular course is full and therefore do not forward an application. Please file an application for any course you desire to take. We cannot register you without an application. Any course that is two or more months away will almost always have cancellations. Nearly all classes contain 25-50% of people who were originally on a standby list.

   

ROOM AND BOARD

  • Room and board will be furnished to Maritime/Industry Related students as available while they are attending a course. Current pricing is available upon request.
  • There is no room fee for a student's spouse or registered guest while staying in the same room with the student. However, there is a charge per day if an additional room is required.
  • Arrival time for a course is no earlier than noon Saturday before the course.
  • Departure time after a course is no later than 1500 on the day of course graduation. If an additional day is required, a per day rate will be charged to the student.
  • Meal tickets are required for spouses, guests, and children, and are available for purchase in the school store, located in the Administration Building.

   

PENALTIES

Neither credit for completion of any course nor any allowances will be given to a student until all loaned materials are returned and any monies owed the school have been paid in full.

Loaned materials include:

  • books and equipment used in the course
  • materials borrowed from the school library
  • overdue equipment loaned to complete correspondence courses

Monies owed include but are not limited to:

  • tuition
  • room and board
  • examination fees
  • bookstore purchases
  • boat damage assessment
  • boat fuel
  • drug test fees

   

ALTERNATE LOCATION TRAINING PROCEDURES

 

 

  • All Members wishing to attend training at an alternate location MUST be approved by the CMES Director PRIOR to attending the training.
  • Evidence of successful completion of the desired class must be submitted to CMES within 6 months of the completion of the course.

 

MEBA members applying for CMES online courses:

  • Please note that procedures for alternate location training and tuition reimbursement apply to online courses offered by CMES.
  • For CMES online courses only, the Request for Alternate Location Training Form is to be submitted after completion of the online course.  (For all other alternate location training, complete and submit the form for approval prior to training as directed.)

 

ELIGIBILITY

Subject to the provisions set forth in the MEBA Training Plan Rules & Regulations, an officer shall become eligible for reimbursement of tuition fees for upgrading his/her license or for additional training at a commercial school, provided the officer:

  1. Has not retired; and
  2. Is a member in good standing in District No. 1-PCD, MEBA; and
  3. (1) has 30 days on the payroll of one or more Employers who contributed to the MEBA Training Plan within a period of twelve consecutive months preceding either the date on which the officer commences the upgrading or training course; or
     
    (2) is an employee of District No. 1-PCD, MEBA or has 30 days on the payroll of District No. 1-PCD, MEBA within a period of twelve consecutive months preceding either (i) the date on which the officer commences attendance at the School or (ii) the date the officer applies to the School to attend training courses.

Please contact the school if you have questions about the following eligibility requirements:

  • Government vessel training rules for eligible members, or
  • Special training eligibility for non-eligible members and applicants pertaining to government vessel service, or
  • Special training eligibility for non-eligible members and applicants pertaining to occupational credentials.

In the event a participant does not meet these requirements, he/she will be notified by the School Registrar.  At that time he/she can contact CMES to determine other options that may be available.

An officer may become eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,200 per year for tuition costs at approved schools for courses which the Director determines are STCW related.

 

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

Send the completed Request for Alternate Location Training form, along with a copy of your current dues receipt and latest discharge, to the school by mail, fax, or personal delivery before attending the desired class.  All information MUST be supplied or the application will be returned without approval.

Upon successful completion of the desired class, a copy of the Certificate of Completion and a copy of the tuition receipt issued must be submitted to CMES within 6 months of the completion of the course.  Failure to do so will prohibit your ability to receive reimbursement of tuition paid by you.

The School Registrar will notify you regarding the approval or disapproval of your application.

The Member should notify CMES if they are unable to attend or were unsuccessful in passing the required course.

APPROVED COURSE TOPICS & MAXIMUM REIMBURSEMENT RATES

* Part of Upgrading to Chief Mate/Captain courses. (Reimbursement for courses taken at any other USCG approved school will be for tuition only.)

 

  ABS SafeNet
  $925

*Advanced Cargo Operations at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $3,996

  Advanced Fire Fighting
  $1,000

  Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher for MSC or STCW
  $850

  Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation
  $850

*Advanced Meteorology at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

  Advanced Oil and Chemical Tanker Operations
  $1,200

*Advanced Shiphandling at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $3,670

*Advanced Stability at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

*Advanced Watchkeeping at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

*ARPA at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

  Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization
 $1,200

  Basic Safety Training for STCW
  $1,500

  Basic Safety Training Refresher for MSC
  $1,000

  Basic Safety Training Revalidation
  $800

*Bridge Resource Management at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $3,695

  Chemical Biological Radiological Defense (CBRD) for MSC / MARAD
  $500

  Civilian Marine Engineering Officer (CMEO) for MSC / MARAD
  $500

  Crisis Management and Human Behavior
  $800

  Crowd Management
  $400

  Damage Control for MSC / MARAD
  $500

  Drug Testing / Collections Training
  $500

*ECDIS at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

  Engine Room Resource Management - STCW
  $1,300

 GMDSS
  $1,860

  Helicopter Control Officer for MSC
  $1,945

  Helicopter Egress for MSC
  $200

  Helicopter Fire Fighting for MSC
  $1,240

*Leadership & Management - STCW
  $1,400

*Ships Management at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

  Leadership & Teamwork - STCW
  $500

  Lifeboatman
  $1,500

  MAXIMO
  $600

*Medical Care PIC at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $3,996

  Medical Care Provider
  $1,500

*MEECE - STCW
  $1,400

*Principles of Marine Power Plants at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

  Proficiency in Survival Craft
  (to be determined)

  Qualified Assessor
  $600

  Radar Recertification
  $275

  Refrigerant Recovery EPA Testing
  $150

  Search & Rescue
  $1,000

*Ship Management - Safety Management at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $3,996

  Ship's Reactionary Force for MSC / MARAD
  $1,500

  Small Arms for MSC / MARAD
  $2,500

  Tankship Dangerous Liquids (DL)
  $1,500

  Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
  $300

  Vessel Security Officer
  $1,300

  Visual Communications (Flashing Light)
  $225

*Voyage Planning at MITAGS (room & board included)
  $1,985

   

APPROVED SCHOOLS

USCG APPROVED SCHOOLS

A listing of USCG approved schools and courses may be found on their website at:
https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/NMC/pdfs/courses/courses.pdf


EPA APPROVED SECTION 608 TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

A listing of programs approved to provide the EPA Section 608 technician certification test may be found on their website at:
https://www.epa.gov/section608/section-608-technician-certification-programs


GOVERNMENT REQUIRED TRAINING

Members required to attend MSC approved courses need to contact the CMES Academic Manager at (410) 822-9600.  He will assist with arranging the necessary training.

WELCOME

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School is a private maritime educational facility for training members of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, as well as all maritime and related industry professionals.

OUR MISSION

To provide each of today's professional marine engineers, deck officers, and related industry professionals with internationally recognized, state of the art training and experience that enhances the safety, reliability, and profitability of their vessels and equipment, while preserving and protecting the natural environment.

The Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. CMES is  committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all MEBA members, our staff, volunteers, sub-contractors, vendors, and customers.

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