Steward Department Courses

 

 

ServSafe Manager

(1 week)

The ServSafe Manager is an online course managed by the National Restaurant Association and is based on their text, ServSafe Manager Book (formerly ServSafe Essentials). This course is ideal for preparing students to take the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. It covers critical principles including: personal hygiene, cross contamination, time and temperature, receiving and storage, food safety management systems, training hourly employees, and more.  A fee is required to take the test.

 

Prerequisites: No additional prerequisites

 

Galley Operations

(293 hours)

The course introduces mariners to safe and sanitary practices necessary for a career in the Steward Department and covers the topics of cleaning and sanitizing the shipboard environment, food borne illness, contamination, personal hygiene, measurements, abbreviations, safe food handling, ordering and storage, and salad bar production.

 

Prerequisites: 365 day’s sea time as an SA, or Phase III UA’s deciding on a Steward Dept career

 

Certified Chief Cook

(Six 2-week modules)

This course provides steward department personnel with an understanding and knowledge of sanitation, nutrition, and the preparation, production and service of soups, sauces, meats, poultry, and seafood. The structure of the course allows eligible upgraders to enroll at the start of any module.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of UA Program and 180 days seatime OR successful completion of Galley Ops and one year seatime as SA

 

Advanced Galley Operations

(199 hours)

The course provides students with a thorough grasp of the advanced baking knowledge and skills required of a member of the steward department.  Basic computer skills.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Galley Ops and Cert. Chief Cook and 180 day’s seatime

 

Chief Steward

(525 hours)

This course trains stewards to take charge of a production galley, supervise employees in galley operations, plan and prepare meals, incorporate a wellness environment in menu structure, order inventory, determine scheduling and oversee galley sanitation.  On meeting the minimum requirements for Chief Steward, culinary students will be trained to take charge of a production galley. The course stresses the competencies related to management, breakfast production, communication, leadership, inventory control, ordering, scheduling, sanitation, healthy menu planning and healthy baking. Includes the use of FoodCo, a comprehensive galley management program to help with menu planning, inventory control and wellness.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Galley Ops, Cert. Chief Cook, Adv. Galley Ops and 180 days seatime

 

Chief Cook Revalidation 2.0

(35 hours)

This course includes wellness and nutrition, basic leadership skills, communications, recipes, better menu planning, ordering, and purchasing.  Basic computer skills. This 1 week course was developed from the feedback of our shipping companies to bring Chief Cooks up-to-date on changes to the contract requirements.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chief Cook

 

Chief Steward Revalidation 2.0

(35 hours)

This course includes wellness and nutrition, leadership, communications, recipes, better menu planning, ordering, and purchasing. Basic computer skills. This 1 week course was developed from the feedback of our shipping companies to bring Stewards up-to-date on changes to the contract requirements.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chief Steward


The course schedule may change to reflect the needs of the membership, the industry or the national interest. Seafarers should continue to consult each monthly edition of the Seafarers LOG for the most up-to-date course schedule.

For additional information, contact the Paul Hall Center, P.O. Box 75, Piney Point, MD 20674-0075; telephone (301) 994-0010. Please note that students should check in the Saturday before their course's start date. The courses listed here will begin promptly on the morning of the start dates.

In addition, basic vocational support program courses are offered throughout the year, one week prior to the AB, QMED, FOWT, Third Mate, Tanker Assistant and Water Survival courses. An introduction to computer courses will be self-study.