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STCW II/3 Assessments
Master Less Than 500 Near Coastal & Master Less Than 500 Limited to the USVI


STCW II/3 Assessments 5-7 Days (NO LIMITATIONS)
The United States Coastguard published NVIC 13-14 in order to outline and set performance criteria for the purpose of showing proficiency in the skills required to serve in the capacity of master on board vessels less than 500 tons on international near coastal voyages.

These assessments are described in detail in the NVIC and must be completed under the supervision of a person who holds the certification as a Qualified Assessor (QA) or someone who meets the requirements to be a QA (until Dec 31, 2023). 

The assessments include skills in all aspects of seamanship such as COLREGS, Voyage Planning, Weather, SOLAS requirements, MARPOL, Cargo and Stability, Maritime Law, Search & Rescue, and more. 

The IMO and USCG envisioned that the assessments would be carried out on board a vessel with ships officers assessing other officers to show proficiency.  This is done on many large vessels but is difficult to do on small vessels and yachts as they may lack the person capable of conducting the assessments and the equipment to do so.  Additionally, the typical small vessel operator has not had the training in all aspects required to satisfy the requirements.  For these reasons, the Captain School USVI has taken an approach that involves some teaching of topics that may be new to a mariner (such as SAR) and then conducting an assessment on that topic after completion of the lesson. In this way, we are able to conduct all of the required assessments in about 5-7 days.

To get a good idea of what the assessments entail, please refer to USCG NVIC 13-14.




STCW II/3 Assessments Limited to the Virgin Islands

In June of 2018, the United States Coast Guard published policy letter 03-18. This policy letter established a limited Master Endorsement  (STCW II/3) specifically for the Virgin Islands. This policy letter  was updated in October of 2023 and now supersedes the previous policy letter.

The assessments required to obtain a limited to the Virgin Islands STCW II/3 endorsement have been reduced from the full list of assessments in NVIC 13-14 to only some of the more relevant assessments in NVIC 13-14 that are more suitable to smaller vessels carrying 12 or less passengers not more than 12 miles from shore on voyages not to exceed 12 days. Additionally, some of the training requirements have been eliminated (Adv Fire Fighting) or amended. The requirement for Proficiency in Survival Craft Limited (PSC Limited) has been amended so mariners seeking this limited endorsement can now take a PSC Limited To the Virgin Islands) course that will be available at the Captain School USVI in the very near future.

To view the policy letter or to see the list of assessments, click on the links in the paragraph above.

We anticipate it will take 3-4 days to conduct the assessments for this endorsement.

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