When MARINA finally was officially designated as the Single Maritime Administration (Administration) for the STCW Convention in 2014, there were mixed feelings from the maritime industry! Some good feed backs and some were NOT so good! One of the major function is the takeover of the conduct of the marine licensure examination from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Many wondered how can MARINA conduct the marine licensure examination because MARINA have NO resources whatsoever, particularly a system for the examination.
While many critics and adversaries were busy bombarding MARINA with all sorts discouraging attacks, some silent well-meaning supporters went to work. They developed the National Assessment and Certification System for Seafarers (NACSS). From the documents entitled National Assessment and Certification System for Seafarers (NACSS). The Standard, obtained by Seajourn, the clauses 1 to 5 of 14 are herein quoted:
NATIONAL ASSESSMENT and CERTIFICATION SYSTEM FOR SEAFARERS NACSS©
1.1.MARINA, by virtue of RA 10635, otherwise known as “AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE MARITIME INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (MARINA) AS THE SINGLE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPLMENTATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE 1978 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, AS AMENDED, AND INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS OR COVENANTS RELATED THERETO”, particularly Section 4, para (c), Assume all powers and functions of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) relative to the issuance, validation, verification, correction, revocation or cancellation of certificates of competency, endorsement, proficiency and documentary evidence required of all seafarers and all such other matters pertaining to the implementation of the STCW Convention,…
2.1. The STCW 2010 Manila Amendments were adopted by resolutions 1 and 2, respectively, of a Conference of Parties to the STCW Convention, held in Manila, Philippines from 21 to 25 June 2010 (2010 STCW Conference). The amendments update standards of competence required, particularly in light of emerging technologies, introduce new training and certification requirements and methodologies, improve mechanisms for enforcement of its provisions, and detail requirements on hours of work and rest, prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, and medical fitness standards for seafarers.
2.2. MARINA, as the Philippines’ Maritime Administration with its mandate shall ensure that the provisions of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments are given full and complete effect.
3.1. All STCW definitions apply as far as practicable and reasonable.
3.2. All definitions contained in the IRR of RA 10635 apply as far as practicable and reasonable.
3.3. NACSS – National Assessment and Certification System for Seafarers under relevant Chapters of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments requiring appropriate certification.
3.4. SCS – Seafarers Certification System covering the relevant requirements of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments from Chapters I to Chapters VIII, as appropriate.
4. OBJECTIVES OF THE NACSS
4.1. To provide the most objective, efficient and final reference of a comprehensive assessment system deemed to be compliant with the appropriate Table Of Competences in the STCW Code, particularly under Chapters II, III, IV, V and VI.
4.2. NACSS shall form part of the Seafarers Certification System (SCS).
5. ASSESSMENT PROCESS FLOW
5.1. Register – Candidate registers online to secure his 12-digit permanent Seafarer’s Reference Number (SRN). In this stage, the Candidate shall be required to register his/her email account and he/she shall be required to provide his/her own personal password.
5.2. Application – Candidate applies online. The Candidate shall need his permanent SRN to apply for the appropriate certification under the NACSS.
5.3. Assessment – Upon completion of the application process, the Candidate proceeds to the nearest or to his/her preferred MARINA Regional Office to take the assessment. A MARINA Assessment Administrator must authenticate the identity of the candidate. Prior to start of assessment and validate by entering his/her issued username and password. Candidate may now start the assessment. At the end of the assessment. The result will be immediately displayed and printed upon request.
Clauses 6 to 14 shall follow in NACSS Re-visited Part 2 of 2.
Beautiful indeed but NOT in deed!
“The illiterate of the 21st century will NOT be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler, futurist.
And those who CANNOT e-learn!
BURT Sabay, unlearner and e-learner.
PEACE, SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS ahead of us all in 2017.