PRC advises seafarers to complete MLC courses before taking qualification exams

January 29, 2012 10:45 am 

MANILA, Jan. 28 – Engr. Mike Marasigan, officer-in-charge of the Board of Marine Engine Officers of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), has urged Filipino seafarers ashore for their management level courses (MLC) requirements to complete the task at hand before undergoing the Marine Engine and Deck Officers written examinations on March 3-4.

He said seamen who take the qualification examinations without completing their MLCs face the specter of having the results, even if passing, voided to their detriment.

As required by the 1978 Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention, as amended, junior level officers (third mates, second mates, fourth engineer officers and third engineer officers) are required to undergo a management level training program to be eligible for certification as management level officers (masters, chief mates, second engineer and chief engineers).

This is in line with the emerging market trend and development: the inevitable need of the industry for more senior/management level officers that foreign principals would require with the launching of new ships in the next five years.

"If they want to take part in the qualification examinations slated for March 3 and 4, then they must make sure that their MLCs are completed before that time. The PRC is very strict in this matter as prospective deck and engine officers cannot take the test without completing their MLCs," Marasigan stressed.

The PRC official also pointed out that the qualification tests have been scheduled to allow the greatest number of seamen officers to complete their MLCs.

He added that the PRC is not preventing Filipino seafarers from taking their qualification test, only that they should take it once they have completed their MLC requirements. (PNA) scs/PFN/eds

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