Using Computer Based Training for STCW Basic Training

Houston Marine Training Services has partnered with MGI International Inc., of Vancouver, BC, Canada, to provide Computer Based Training (CBT) delivery of the classroom-theoretical portions of STCW-Basic Safety Training.

An impetus for this deal is the urgency for mariners to comply with international regulations of the Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), as under current traditional training delivery parameters, it is expected that 60 - 80 percent of companies will be compliant with STCW by February 1, 2002. The availability of this training in a CBT format will increase the training capacity to meet the demands currently facing the maritime industry.

The CBT program is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and fully meets the STCW requirements for the traditional classroom portion of Basic Safety Training. The courseware is delivered using interactive multimedia that combines CBT with practical training. The modular design allows ongoing student interaction in a proctored, self-paced learning environment. Each student must still be assessed for proficiency in fire fighting, water survival, and first aid. The benefits of this training method delivered in an electronic teaching format are crew flexibility, cost savings, and student data management.

Maintaining crew flexibility is vital to companies competing in a global economy. Training is available around the clock when delivered onboard the vessels. When the student has completed the CBT elements, the student can enroll in the instructor lead practical field/final assessment for fire fighting, water survival, and first aid. Both companies and employees are burdened with the cost of training related expenses. The reduction in training hours, travel costs, and the integration of the training with work schedules will result in substantial cost savings. Each student's progress is captured on a "Student Access Card." Instructor observation capabilities allow electronic monitoring of the student's course progression. The scores and progress sheets are available to the instructor or training coordinator by accessing the administration database.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 51,  Mar 2001 Suffolk Technical and Enterprise Council

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