The National Maritime Center issued the following news release on January 25. It can also be viewed here.
Approval to Test and Grandfathering
The National Maritime Center (NMC) has received questions from mariners regarding how to determine, from their Approved to Test letter, whether they will be testing under the previous or current regulations. In January 2014, the Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-14 to provide guidance regarding the transition from previous to current mariner credentialing regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014. Enclosure (1) of the NVIC provides information regarding whether an applicant will examine under the previous or current regulation.
If the examination code on the Approved to Test Letter is preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the current regulation. If the examination code is not preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the previous regulation. All Rules of the Road examination modules will be preceded by a Q, regardless of which regulation the applicant was evaluated under. The module codes are found in the Deck and Engineering Guide for the Administration of Merchant Marine Examinations on the NMC website.
Module Module Name Passing Score Q100 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 90
Q160 DECK GENERAL 70
Q161 DECK SAFETY 70
Module Module Name Passing Score
072X1 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 70
073 CHART NAVIGATION 90
221 DECK GENERAL + DECK SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 70
Q100 RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL 90
The NMC is working to update various pages on our website to more clearly reflect this information. Questions should be addressed to the NMC Call center via e-mail at [email protected], by Chat from the NMC Website, or by phone at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
Kirsten R. Martin
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard
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