Online Curriculum


This course is designed to satisfy the QA training needs such that seafarers can become qualified to meet STCW Code and US Law pertaining to onboard or simulator-based assessments of proficiencies. Topics covered will include: IMO’s impact on training, development of an assessment, competence-based assessments, on board assessments, performance objectives, performance measures and standards, the assessment process, and creating a performance improvement plan. Upon successful completion of this course, the student is expected to be able to perform on board assessments of US Merchant Marine Officers at the STCW Management and Operational levels and unlicensed ratings according to USCG Control Sheets and/or Assessment Documentation.


Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: Basic computer skills are needed to handle the requirements of an online learning environment. Additionally, specific requirements for hardware, operating system, and browser are set for the computer or device the student will use for this online course. A link to a pre-registration system check, which defines those requirements and presents demos of the various pieces of the online course environment, may be found here -

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completes our Qualified Assessor Online (MEBAMD-787) course will satisfy the requirements for Qualified Assessor training and instruction in assessment techniques of 46 CFR 10.405(a)(1) and 46 CFR 10.405(d).



While classes are scheduled in eight-day increments (access to this course opens on a Friday and runs through the following Friday), students will work at their own pace.  Working within the time frame of the course, students are free to use the entire time allotted if needed, or to complete the coursework more quickly.  Though students will work at their own pace, they are expected to complete all assignments and to interact with the instructor in the Live Practical Assessment portion of the course.  

Students may register for more than one class in the same time period - however, please remember that a separate application form is needed for each class.  More detailed information is available on the admissions pages for online courses.


All students taking CMES online courses are required to take the final exam at a Prometric Testing Center in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands.  After all coursework is completed, the student will be provided with the necessary information and authorization to schedule the final exam at a Prometric office location that is convenient to him or her.

  • Testing MUST be scheduled and completed no later than 30 days from the date that CMES contacts the student with authorization to test at Prometric.
  • The course certificate will be mailed to the student within 10 business days of successful completion of the final exam at Prometric, to the student's address of record at the time of course registration.

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