2022 Course Schedule

GOVERNMENT VESSEL COURSES (MSC / MARAD)

 

MSC CMEO TRAINING PORTAL

MEBA Members needing CMEO training can access MSC’s training portal here. Through their website, Members will be able to see MSC’s training schedule and register for the class they need.

PLEASE NOTE:  Members must register for this class themselves, CMES is not able to do it for them.
  


The following courses may be taken at CMES:
 

DAMAGE CONTROL / CBRN (includes Marine Environmental)

This one-week course is designed for those persons who intend to apply for officer positions on government owned contract-operated Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. Training modules include Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense, and Damage Control. The course also includes Military Sealift Command's Environmental Protection Officer Program, which includes laws, pollution, ozone depletion, and hazardous materials handling with protective clothing and emergency response procedures.

Note: Members holding a “Not Fit For Duty” slip are not eligible to take this course.

 

Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

MSC Approval:

Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN)
This course is recognized as meeting the Military Sealift Command's standards and content and meets the standards of NATO STANAG 2520 CBRN Defense, Standards for Education, Training and Evaluation - ATP 3.8.1, Vol. III.

Shipboard Damage Control
This course is recognized as meeting Military Sealift Command's standards and content for Damage Control Training and the content of the U.S. Navy's General Shipboard Damage Control (K-495-0045) course.

Marine Environmental Programs Course
This course is recognized as meeting the standards and content of MSC's Marine Environmental Course.

SMALL ARMS COURSE

This one-week course will cover the safe care and operation of multiple firearms used aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels manned by civilian mariners. Also, specific rules of engagement pertaining to each force protection team unit will be covered. The objective of this course is to educate the civilian mariner in the safe and proper handling of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle, and 12-gauge pump operated shotgun. The participant will qualify in courses of fire as set down by the Military Sealift Command and the United States Navy, using live fire exercises at an approved firing range. All training and instruction will be in accordance with OPNAVINST.3591.1 Series.

 

Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To be qualified to participate in this course, the member must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

MSC Approval: This course is recognized as meeting the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Small Arms Training and Qualification and the Military Sealift Command's Small Arms Training and Qualification of Instruction.

STCW ELECTRO-TECHNICAL OFFICER ENDORSEMENT

 

The following provide links to information and documents needed for how to apply for an STCW Endorsement as Electro-Technical Officer 750kW-1,000 HP or More.

 
STCW Electro-Technical Officer 750kW-1,000 HP or More Operational Level Checklist
It is highly recommended that members utilize Option 4.
 

NVIC 23-14 Guidelines for Qualifications for STCW Endorsements As Electro-Technical Officer on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1000 HP or More
 

Enclosure 3 to NVIC 23-14 – Record of Assessment for Electro-Technical Officer on Vessels Powered by Main Propulsion Machinery of 750 kW/1000 HP or More
 

Application for Merchant Mariner Credential (Form CG-719B)

  

*The links to these documents are accurate as of 1/15/2021.  If the links no longer work due to reorganization of the NMC website, please go to the NMC Forms Page to find the most up-to-date links to the documents.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

 

It is important to understand the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School administration's and faculty's expectations of the students enrolled in courses, either on site or at remote locations, in order to bolster an overall atmosphere conducive to the purpose of learning.

No training activity where there is the intent to transfer knowledge, skills and attitudes, can be completed without the honest feedback from students. Accordingly, few things are more important to this school than the course evaluation process, airing of complaints, and suggestions for improvement from our students.

The school enrolls students who are MEBA members as well as all maritime and related industry professionals employed at sea or ashore who:

  • expect to be treated with respect, dignity, and consideration and, in turn, treat each other and CMES personnel similarly so that a climate of learning and open communication exists;
  • expect personal confidential information will remain confidential and, in turn, will support those efforts of the school to maintain credibility in records and information;
  • expect to be informed about schedule changes and school priorities and, in turn, will keep the administration informed about personal events, needs for conditions affecting his or her full participation in enrolled training;
  • expect the facilities and accommodations will be safe, adequate for their purpose, well maintained, and comfortable and, in turn, will make use of these facilities, fixtures and equipment as if they were their very own;
  • will ascribe to a personal code of conduct that includes, but is not limited to, clean but casual attire, no excesses of drink or behavior, operation of vehicles in a careful and safe manner, and support of campus recycling initiatives;
  • will attend and be on time to all scheduled class periods and class functions unless prior arrangements with the administration have been made and confirmed, being aware that any particular class attendance or participation can be a matter of strict compliance to regulatory rules that may not allow the administration to permit exceptions;
  • will make best efforts to diligently study, comprehend and be assessed as to the level of personal achievement of course objectives;
  • will settle any commercial arrangements with the school before the end of his or her scheduled course;
  • will participate in the course evaluation process with complete and professional feedback;
  • will, when requested, participate in post learning surveys within one year of attendance with complete and professional feedback; and
  • will, when motivated by personal experience or observation, openly provide serious suggestions for the practical improvement of CMES courses, processes and facilities.

VPDSD COURSE INFORMATION

 

CMES is currently running Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) as an evening course.

    • Classes will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
    • The course is open to anyone who wishes to travel to the school.(MEBA members, please note that travel expenses will not be reimbursed.)
       

Students interested in taking the VPDSD class, please contact the school at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at (410) 822-9600.
 


 

INDUSTRY STUDENTS:

Tuition and room & board charges are to be paid in the school's Administration Office at the time of course attendance.  Payment can be made by credit card or cashier's check made payable to CMES - personal checks are not accepted.

    • course tuition - $300
    • room & board - $125/day (as available)
       

MEBA MEMBERS:

    • Course tuition and room & board are covered.
       

 

STCW GAP CLOSING COURSES - INFORMATION AND FAQ's

 

On March 24, 2015, the National Maritime Center released a notice concerning STCW gap-closing requirements.  We have made it available for download here:

USCG NMC Notice: STCW Gap-Closing Requirements

 

REMINDER ON STCW DEADLINE

Members and Applicants are reminded of the deadline for the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments that fully came into force on January 1, 2017. As you know, the implementation of the Amendments requires mariners, primarily those sailing on near-coastal and foreign voyages, to be in compliance with a new regime of training and assessments.

If a Member/Applicant has 'Not valid after Dec. 31st, 2016' on their STCW endorsements of his/her MMC, he/she cannot be dispatched for a shipping job off the board if that job runs into 2017 – even for a day. This milestone will occur for 90-day rotaries on jobs reporting after October 3rd.

In addition to the "gap-closing" courses that M.E.B.A. mariners have been taking in ERM, MEECE, Leadership & Management, Leadership & Teamwork, and ECDIS (for Deck Officers); there are new requirements that will take effect the first time a mariner renews an MMC with STCW endorsements on or after January 1, 2017. These additional rules apply to renewal of Basic Training, Advanced Fire Fighting, and Proficiency in Survival Craft; which requires evidence of revalidation training, refresher training, or a retake of the original training course – depending on sea-time since the last renewal.

Basic Training (BT): To renew their BT endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Basic Training as found in 46 CFR 11.302(b) or 46 CFR 12.602(b). This means: providing evidence of completing a BT training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing BT revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing BT refresher training.

Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF): To renew their STCW officer endorsement(s), mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in Advanced Fire Fighting as found in 46 CFR 11.303(b). This means providing evidence of completing an AFF training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing AFF revalidation training; or providing evidence of completing AFF refresher training.

Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC): To renew their PSC endorsement, mariners must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in proficiency in survival craft as found in 46 CFR 12.613(b) or 46 CFR 12.615(b). This means providing evidence of completing a PSC training course; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of completing PSC revalidation training; or providing evidence of 1-year sea service in the previous 5 years and providing evidence of meeting the requirements for BT renewal as described above; or providing evidence of completing PSC refresher training.


 

Frequently Asked Questions about the STCW Gap Closing Courses

 

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? WHAT HAPPENED?

The U.S., as a signatory to the STCW Convention, initiated regulatory changes to ensure full implementation of the amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code. The U.S. implements these provisions under the Convention and under the authority of United States Code, Titles 33 and 46. The Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 24, 2013, (78 FR 77796) that implements the STCW Convention and STCW Code, including the 2010 amendments. This final rule became effective on March 24, 2014. The Coast Guard published a series of NVICs to provide guidance on complying with the new regulations.  The NVICs of particular interest to the membership include:

  • NVIC 10-14 – Endorsement for master or Chief Mate on Vessels 3,000 GT or more
  • NVIC 12-14 – Endorsement for OICNW on Vessels of 500 GT or more
  • NVIC 15-14 – Qualification for Chief/Second Engineer (aka 1AE) 4,000 hp or more
  • NVIC  17-14 – Qualifications for OICEW 1,000 hp or more
  • NVIC 19-14 – Policy on Qualified Assessors
     

WHERE CAN I GET COPIES OF THESE USCG NVICs?

At the USCG’s National Maritime Center’s website.  http://www.uscg.mil/nmc/
 

I'VE HEARD ABOUT A NEW LEADERSHIP COURSE THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN. WHAT IS IT?

  • Masters, Chief Mates, Chief Engineers, and First Assistant Engineers that want to keep their STCW Management-level STCW Endorsement must take a Leadership and Management (L&M) Course before 1/1/2017.  CMES has a 1-week Leadership & Management Course approved by the USCG NMC.

Note: 2nd and 3rd Mates, 2nd and 3rd Assistant Engineers that want to keep their Operational-level STCW Endorsement must take a Leadership and Teamwork course before 1/1/2017.
 

EVEN MORE NEW COURSES? ENGINEROOM RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (ERM)? MANAGEMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT (MEECE)?

Yes.  Chiefs and 1st Assistants that are renewing their licenses, in addition to Leadership & Management, also need to take:

  • 1-week Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE), and
  • 1-week Engine-room Resource Management (ERM).

 

Not so easy for 3rd and 2nd Engineers that are upgrading their STCW Endorsement to the management-level.  They need to take:

  • ERM (and completion of shipboard assessments found in enclosure 3 of NVIC 15-14), and
  • MEECE (and completion of shipboard assessments found in enclosure 3 of NVIC 16-14).

 

2nd and 3rd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master need to take:

  • Advanced Shiphandling
  • Advanced Stability
  • Advanced Meteorology
  • Search and Rescue
  • Management of Medical Care
  • ARPA and GMDSS (if not already taken as part of prior training)
  • ECDIS (if vessel is so equipped)
  • Management-level Assessments found in NVIC 10-14 (enclosure (3))
     

ASSESSMENTS? WHAT ASSESSMENTS?

NVICs 15-14 and 10-14 include a Records of Assessment for 3rd and 2nd Assistant Engineers or 3rd mate/2nd Mates trying to qualify for Management-level STCW Endorsements.  These assessments can be performed on a ship or as part of a USCG-approved course.  For the Mates, most of CMES’ Deck Officers courses include the Assessments continuing from USCG Policy Letter 04-02 as part of the evaluation process; however, a few Assessments must still be performed shipboard.
 

WHO CAN ASSESS?

Leading up to 1/1/2017, the USCG will accept assessment signed by mariners that hold an appropriate national endorsement equal to, or superior to, the relevant level of knowledge, skills, and abilities being assessed.  After 1/1/2017, a Qualified Assessor must witness the demonstration of competency.
 

WHAT IS A QUALIFIED ASSESSOR?

The term "Qualified Assessor" (QA) is defined in 46 CFR 10.107 as “a person who is qualified to evaluate, for STCW endorsements, whether an applicant has demonstrated the level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made. This person must be individually approved by the Coast Guard or through a Coast Guard approved or accepted course or program of training.” CMES is developing a QA Course and will submit it to the USCG for review.
 

IF I RENEW MY STCW ENDORSEMENT BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2017, HOW LONG IS MY COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE FOR THE FOLLOWING APPROVED TRAINING VALID?

The USCG reports that the course completion certificates for these three courses are valid for 5 years.
 

MY MMC CURRENTLY HAS STCW AND NATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. ON MY NEXT RENEWAL, WILL THE STCW ENDORSEMENT AT THE OPERATIONAL-LEVEL AND LOWER RATING ENDORSEMENTS BE INCLUDED AUTOMATICALLY IF I PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE SEA SERVICE?

Yes, the USCG reports that MMCs are now being endorsed with all STCW endorsements for which the mariner is qualified. Until December 31, 2016, these endorsements will be automatically included at renewal if you have 12 months of sea service in the last five years. After that date, mariners must demonstrate continued competence through the appropriate combination of sea service and training. In addition, in order for your Chief Engineer STCW endorsement to be valid after December 31, 2016, you will need to complete training in leadership and managerial skills, engine resource management, and management of electrical and electronic control equipment.