MSC offers training opportunities to all CIVMARs in accordance with current MSC policy and requirements for specific ratings and ship class in accordance with the Training Competencies Matrix. Internal training opportunities are inclusive of MSC specific classes such as Basic Training, Fire Fighting and Small Arms. External training includes classes offered by the U.S. Navy, Government agencies, maritime schools and authorized commercial vendors.
All newly-hired personnel are required to attend mandatory training in Fort Eustis, Virginia or San Diego, California for three to six weeks of initial training. CIVMARs will obtain Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping 95 (STCW-95) as required by the USCG. Additionally, MSC CIVMARS will receive MSC specific training to enhance the safe and efficient operation onboard MSC vessels. CIVMARs may request training via their Department Head and Purser while assigned to a ship and their designated Placement Specialist (Detailer) if not assigned to a ship.
All CIVMAR Training Requests must be submitted on the current CIVMAR Training Request form CIVMAR Training Forms for consideration.
Training requests must be submitted to the designated Placement & Training Specialists via email. See the attached directory of contacts.
Please send all certificates of completion, requests for training competency reports, updates of MMC credentials, passports, TWIC, and training rosters directly to our Admin Support team via the MSC Training Inbox at email@example.com.
- Training Center West (TCW) Schedule September 2022
- Training Center West (TCW) Schedule October - December 2022
- MSC Virtual Retirement Seminar April - June 2022
- MSC Virtual Retirement Seminar July - September 2022
- MSC Virtual Retirement Seminar October - December 2022
- Supply Course Schedule. Please review the pre-requisite courses before submitting your training requests.
Communications Training Courses
- LE COMSEC Manager Courses - Little Creek, VA
- LE COMSEC Manager Courses - San Diego, CA
- INFOTEC training schedule
- RFK Solutionz training schedule
MSC has a number of programs to assist CIVMARs in obtaining a higher level of 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. The instructions for Reimbursement of Professional Credentials Fees.
The USCG will require all officers who sign off STCW assessments to be Qualified Assessors. In order to continue to grow MSC’s internal pipeline, all officers should go through the National Maritime Center (NMC) process to become Qualified Assessors. In order to be approved, you must as a minimum:
- Have at least 360 days of sea service as a 3rd A/E or 3rd mate
- Fill out the Qualified Assessor Request Form
- Submit a sea service letter showing at least 360 days of sea service
- Attend a two-day qualified assessor certification class – This is not required at this time, however it is helpful, if you have it.
All documents can be submitted to DCA Caroline Sturgeon at Caroline.Sturgeon@navy.mil. She will submit the documents and follow up with the NMC. This will not be an endorsement on your MMC, but it will be an approval letter that will be emailed to you upon successful completion of the NMC process. Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Caroline Sturgeon via the above email.