Training Courses

Course Roster and Scheduling
U.S. Shipping provides the courses listed below for our seagoing personnel. You may schedule a course on the Locations and Schedules page. Once you have scheduled a course, contact Marine Personnel at 800.470.9648 to coordinate transportation.

usslp_training-photo

Drug & Alcohol Awareness
Designed to meet collector and instructor training requirements as outlined in 49 CFR 40, including knowledge of basic information, qualification training, and proficiency demonstrations.
Course length: One day
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M, C/E, 1A/E
Refresher interval: Two years

Medical Care Person in Charge (PIC)
Basic through advanced training in how to provide remote medical care and assistance to sick or injured crew members while at sea. Includes the stabilizing of patients on board until shore-side medical treatment can be obtained.
Course length: Five days
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M, 2M
Initial/Foundation Course

Medical Care Person in Charge Refresher
This supplemental course reinforces the Medical Person In Charge’s basic PIC skills and knowledge, while providing the latest updates in medical knowledge and techniques. Note: Trainees must have taken the full PIC course to be eligible for this course.
Course length: Three days
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M, 2M
Refresher interval: Six years

Advanced Product/Chemical Tanker Safety
A basic through advanced Petroleum and Chemical Tanker PIC refresher. The course provides the most seasoned PICs with the advanced, specialized knowledge and proficiency required for product and chemical tanker operations and safety.
Course length: Five days
Attendee ranks: All officers
Refresher interval: Five years

Designated Care Giver (First Aid)
Instructs ship’s personnel in recognizing needs and providing medical assistance and emergency care. Includes methods for communicating and exchanging medical information with shore-side medical care providers via radio or satellite communications. This preparatory course is a prerequisite for the Medical Care Person In Charge course.
Course length: Three days
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M, 3M
Refresher interval: Five years

Fire Fighting
A basic through advanced shipboard firefighting course that provides extensive knowledge and instruction in marine firefighting techniques related to a variety of situations.
Course length: Five days
Attendee ranks: All officers
Refresher interval: Five years

Bridge Resource Management
Advanced teamwork skills–training for ship’s bridge personnel. The course topics and exercises encompass teamwork, task work, and behavioral skills, and are designed to enhance team proficiency in managing operational risk on the bridge.
Course length: Three days
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M, 2/M, 3/M (with 2/M license)
Refresher interval: Five years

Manned Model Ship Handling
Participants hone their hands-on ship handling skills, including: anchoring; docking; undocking; slow-speed maneuvering; experimentation with movement of the pivot point; advance and transfer; passing in narrow channels; shallow water effect; wind effect; thruster work, and much more.
Course length: Five days
Attendee ranks: Master
Refresher interval: Four years

Advanced Ship Handling for Masters
Participants hone their ship handling skills through advanced simulator training. Trainees are exposed to a number of scenarios, which are structured to demonstrate competence in maneuvering and handling a ship under various conditions and situations.
Course length: One week
Attendee ranks: Master, C/M
Refresher interval: Four years

Ship Security Officer
This course provides those who may be designated Vessel Security Officer (VSO) or Company Security Officer (CSO) with the knowledge required to perform the post’s duties and responsibilities. Instruction includes preparedness and response, implementing and maintaining a Ship Security Plan, and liaising with a CSO, VSO, or PFSO (Port Facility Security Officer).

Safety Officer
Core training and guidance in the specialized knowledge and skills required to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Ship’s Safety Officer, for those who may be designated to the post.