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.
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 95 (STCW-95) required by the USCG and MSC specific training. All required training must be completed prior to ship assignment.
CIVMARs can request training by completing the following CIVMAR Training Request form CIVMAR Training Forms
Once the form is filled out and sent to MSC_CIVMAR_TRNG@navy.mil, N1 Admin monitors this mailbox and routes the training requests to the applicable training specialist for review. The review process includes examining the SMS matrix for course application, checking course availability and reviewing the requested travel plan. The training specialist then forwards the request and amplifying information to the Marine Placement Specialist who reviews and approves or disapproves. The training specialist notifies the mariner and processes the request, if approved, by scheduling the training and if applicable, requesting travel via DTS. After completion of training, the training purchase card holder pays the tuition and obtains the completion certificate.
Below are the links to the training schedules listed by training site or by specific ratings/special topics. Click the link for the schedule you’d like to view:
- ATO Level II Schedule
- Communication Training
- Military Sealift Command Underway Replenishment Training Center Schedule FY21
- BRM Training Schedule FY 21 (BRM training satisfies the Single Hull Tanker requirements)
- FY21 Navy Course Schedule
- Qualified Member of Engine Department (QMED)
- Supply Course Schedule
- New training schedule pending - TAKE Drive and Automation Schedule
- New training schedule pending - Training Center East (TCE) Schedule
- Training Center West (TCW) Schedule
- MSC Virtual Retirement Seminar 2021
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.