MSC TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
MSC offers internal and external training opportunities to all CIVMARs in accordance with current MSC policy and requirements for specific ratings and ship class. Internal training opportunities typically include classes taught by MSC at one of our in-house schools, such as Fire Fighting and Small Arms. External training includes classes offered by the Navy, other government agencies, maritime schools and other commercial vendors.
NEW CIVMAR TRAINING
All newly hired personnel are required to attend mandatory training in Freehold, New Jersey or San Diego, California for three to six weeks of training. During this training, CIVMARs will receive Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and MSC specific training. The U.S. Coast Guard requires certificates of completion for STCW training to be valid. Sea Service Books are not acceptable substitutes for STCW certificates. All required training must be completed prior to ship assignment.
STCW Required Training consists of:
Course Length of Class Refresher Period Basic Shipboard Firefighting 3 Days 5 Years First Aid 1 Day 5 Years Personal Safety and Social Responsibility 1 Day 5 Years Personal Survival 2 Days 5 Years
MSC Required Training consists of:
Course Length of Class Refresher Period Damage Control 2 Days 5 Years Chemical, Biological & Radiological Defense (CBR-D) 1 Day 5 Years Small Arms* 3 Days Every Year Helicopter Firefighting 1 Day 5 Years Naval Occupational Safety & Health 1 Day 5 Years Environmental Programs 1 Day 5 Years Anti-Terrorism Awareness 1 Day Every Year Ammunition/Explosive Training* 3 Weeks Varies
* Designated Personnel only
There are training matrices for all ship classes. These matrices identify by rating and ship class the minimum training competencies crewmembers should have to adequately perform the jobs. MSC also offers other training not contained on the training matrices, which MSC determines to have value to the overall effectiveness of the organization.
When shortages of specific ratings occur, a supervisor may recommend a CIVMAR to be selected for upgrade training. This training prepares CIVMARs to receive a higher endorsement to fill vacant positions by successfully completing the courses at specific training schools. Upon successful completion of an upgrade program, the CIVMAR must apply for the higher level position utilizing merit promotion procedures.
MSC has a number of programs to assist CIVMARs in obtaining higher-level credentials, such as USCG Licenses, Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) and related endorsements. In some cases MSC may reimburse CIVMARs for this training. All training that will be paid for by the command, or reimbursed to a CIVMAR must be approved before the class begins. CIVMARs are cautioned not to enroll in a course and expect reimbursement unless they entered into an agreement with MSC beforehand.