What is in the BST class?
When are your classes offered?
Our maritime training schedule is right here on our website. Check it out, and if you don’t see what you are looking for give us a call. We’re always happy to help you.
Can I arrive late to class?
We need you participating in class so we ask that you are always on time. The courses we provide are USCG approved and have strict guidelines for attendance and the hours required to complete the material. Most important of all is your participation in the class. Without attending the entire course you may miss information that could be crucial to you and your shipmates in an onboard emergency.
How long are the AB, PSC/Lifeboat and Captains course certificates valid?
The AB, PSC/Lifeboat or Captains course certificate you receive from Compass Courses is valid for 1 year. It must be submitted to the USCG with your application within that 1 year. Should the certificate not be submitted within that timeframe it will expire, and the course must be repeated at full cost.
What do I need to do to get into the maritime industry?
Applying for a position within the maritime industry can seem challenging for newcomers. Employers want you to have training and experience, but you want the job to get that training and experience. If you have spent time on the water, working with tools and machinery, or served in the military you may have many of the basic skills already. Experience is gained by accumulating sea time. Sea time is the number of verifiable days you have been on vessels. Don’t forget your TWIC! You must have a valid TWIC to apply for a MMC, and for the MMC to be valid.
What do I need to do with my RADAR recertification certificate?
The USCG no longer endorses MMCs with a RADAR endorsement. The certificate (original or most current renewal) must be carried with you while operating under your license.
Is your training valid for sea service?
See 46CFR §12.05–7 Service or training requirements (b) (2) – (2) Training programs, other than those classified as a school ship, may be substituted for up to one third of the required service on deck. The service/training ratio for each program is determined by the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center, who may allow a maximum of three days on deck service credit for each day of instruction. 46 CFR Ch. I (10–1–09 Edition)
What’s the success rate for your 100 Ton Captain course?
We help you in every aspect to learn and understand the material to meet and pass the USCG testing you take with us. As you would hope of any training facility, we cannot guarantee an individual will pass.
What Captains class do I need, the 100 Ton or 200 Ton?
If you are approved by the USCG for a Master 100 Ton/Mate 200 Ton you will need to take the 200 Ton Captains course. This is needed since you will be able to serve as Mate on a vessel of up to 200 Tons, and therefore have the knowledge required for that size vessel.
Continuity of a License-What is a Continuity Renewal?
This option allows you to renew your credential without meeting any of the renewal requirements, except for completing an application. If you choose to renew a credential for continuity purposes only, then you can NOT work under the authority of that credential. If your credential has expired beyond the one year grace period, then you are ineligible for the continuity renewal option.