Updated Seafarer Training Provider (MTP) Course Delivery Methods

From Captain Bradley Clare, Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center (NMC)

As training providers and the Coast Guard embrace the use of distance learning tools and methodologies, the National Maritime Center (NMC) is updating its course approval business practices. We currently issue separate course endorsements, including course codes, for in-class, blended, live virtual, and computer-based delivery. However, the basic programs and submission requirements remain the same regardless of delivery method. Going forward, we will consolidate approvals and track delivery methodology within a single approval where appropriate.

This positive step for the MTP and NMC will reduce redundant work and the total number of managed course approvals. In order to implement, we ask training providers to:

  • Seek approval for all desired delivery methods at the next renewal of any course with common curricula and multiple approvals.
  • When requesting distance learning or testing, provide detailed business plans addressing: hardware and software used, remote assessment, student identity management and participation, integrity of testing, availability of materials and references, scheduling of exams and/or assessments, instructional delivery processes, scheduling variations, student/instructor ratios, training plans. emergency for equipment/computer failures, etc.

Depending on the materials and methods requested, MTPs should expect class sizes to be limited when using live virtual teaching. To date, we have observed instructors struggling to monitor and engage the same number of students virtually as they do in class. MTPs should review NVIC Attachment 03-14(5) to discuss training instructors for live delivery in the virtual environment.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, contact the Seafarer Training and Evaluation Division at [email protected] or by calling (304) 433-3720.

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