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Mintra to provide NEMO’s online STCW training courses

Digital learning specialist Mintra has signed an exclusivity agreement to become the international market provider for the first fully online STCW-compliant training courses.

The e-Learning created by US-based Northeast Maritime Institute – College of Maritime Science is now being sold through Mintra’s digital trading space, Marketplace.

The suite of nine fully online courses provide comprehensive simulation, assessment tools and examination monitoring software, which means that seafarers no longer need to undergo the follow-up onboard proficiency assessment that is usually required to achieve STCW certification. Candidates successfully completing these nine approved courses, which are pure eLearning as opposed to instructor-led in a virtual classroom setting, will be certified immediately and issued with an electronic certificate from the Northeast Maritime Online - NEMO.

The courses are approved by the US Coast Guard National Maritime Centre and the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration. As Dominica-flagged vessels are whitelisted by the International Maritime Organization, any seafarers completing the courses will have certificates that are universally recognised. This means they will be considered competent and certified to work on vessels from all other flag states.

Emmanolia Kolias, sales director Marketplace, said: “It is impossible to overstate just what a monumental step forward this for international seafarer training. This is the first time the STCW has ever approved courses that are fully online: in the past a candidate may be able to sit a theory test online, but they would only become fully certified when they were assessed onboard and their paperwork subsequently approved.”

The two radar courses available have been developed using fully functioning simulators, which allows these to move to an online teaching model despite there being practical requirements. The courses are designed to support all learning styles by providing text, audio, visual and interactive tools and learners also receive periodical lesson and knowledge checks as they would in a traditional classroom setting.

Although there are nine fully online courses currently available on Marketplace, there are plans to increase the offering from the Institute in the near future with an additional 50 titles.

The platform is integrated with Trainingportal – Mintra’s learning and competence management system – which gives administrators an overview of an employee’s mandatory competencies and desirable certifications. Employees with a Trainingportal profile receive notifications about the courses they have been enrolled in, along with other relevant information about course content, dates and meeting places if classroom-based. Once a course is completed, the certificate is automatically added to the user profile.

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