Updating training

Therefore, when the procedure was updated to the requirements of ISO 13416, the procedure was also simplified for easier implementation by start-up companies.

When you update your procedures you might look for similar opportunities to simplify and streamline the processes.

These requirements remain in place but what's changed is that the two fire fighting courses, personal survival techniques, elementary first aid, and PSCRB now must have been completed within the last five years, after which they will need to be updated.

Updating training is achieved by attending very short refresher courses: half a day for personal survival techniques and one day each for all other safety training certificates.

In this fast-paced world, the ability to easily update training content is becoming increasingly important.

Therefore, the procedure identifies the need to create a job description that includes training and competency requirements.

From 1 January 2017 "If you are serving on board ship and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of the 1 January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating training within the last 5 years" Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting; Advanced Fire Fighting; Personal Survival Techniques; Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats); and Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats.

In addition, seafarers revalidating their MCA Co C will have to submit certificates to show that either the courses listed above have been completed within the past five years or that updating (also known as 'refresher') training has been undertaken.

To put into context, crew will need to do one and a half days and officers three and half days in total, every five years.

Evidence of having completed the updated training, if the original course was more than five years ago, will be required on a number of occasions including: when the Port State Control inspector comes up the passarelle; when applying for a Certificate of Competency (Co C); and when revalidating an existing Co C.

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