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The National Maritime Center issued the following news release on January 25. It can also be viewed here.


Approval to Test and Grandfathering


The National Maritime Center (NMC) has received questions from mariners regarding how to determine, from their Approved to Test letter, whether they will be testing under the previous or current regulations. In January 2014, the Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-14 to provide guidance regarding the transition from previous to current mariner credentialing regulations, which went into effect on March 24, 2014. Enclosure (1) of the NVIC provides information regarding whether an applicant will examine under the previous or current regulation.


If the examination code on the Approved to Test Letter is preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the current regulation. If the examination code is not preceded by a Q, the examination module is based on the previous regulation. All Rules of the Road examination modules will be preceded by a Q, regardless of which regulation the applicant was evaluated under. The module codes are found in the Deck and Engineering Guide for the Administration of Merchant Marine Examinations on the NMC website.


Current Regulation:

Module          Module Name                                                                                                 Passing Score Q100              RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL                                      90

Q160              DECK GENERAL                                                                                                    70

Q161              DECK SAFETY                                                                                                        70


Previous Regulation:

Module           Module Name                                                                                                Passing Score

072X1            RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL                                      70

073                 CHART NAVIGATION                                                                                             90


Q100              RULES OF THE ROAD: INLAND AND INTERNATIONAL                                     90


The NMC is working to update various pages on our website to more clearly reflect this information. Questions should be addressed to the NMC Call center via e-mail at IASKNMC@uscg.mil, by Chat from the NMC Website, or by phone at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).




Kirsten R. Martin

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard

Commanding Officer


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