Training course Approval



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3.1. General

Canada’s accession to the STCW Convention required that all approved marine training programs and courses to be delivered and monitored through a quality management system.

3.2. Recognized Institution

  1. Engine room simulator-base courses are to be provided by a “recognized institution” as defined in the Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR).  Approval procedures are provided in the chapter entitled Approval of Marine Training Courses and Programs of the Quality Management Manual – Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage, published by the Department of Transport, Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage Directorate.
  2. A Provincial or Territorial Department or Ministry of education must have recognized the Recognized Institutions that wish to make an application for the delivery of engine room simulator-base courses.
  3. Recognized Institutions must submit, 16 weeks prior to the beginning of the course, a letter of application and documents related to their course syllabus, training manual, instructor qualifications and other relevant information at the following address:

    Marine Personnel Standards & Pilotage
    att. Manager Engineering Certification (AMSPE)
    Transport Canada, Marine Safety
    330 Sparks Street
    Tower C. 8th floor,
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1A 0N8
  4. With the exception of a letter of application, documents related to the course syllabus, training manual, instructor qualifications and other relevant information can be submitted using an electronic media such as CD, DVD and USB flash memory data storage device.
  5. Upon final approval; Recognized Institutions must provide, free of charge, 2 licensed copies of their engine room simulator-base’s software.  The licensed software will be used by Marine Personnel Standards & Pilotage branch and the closest TCMS district office for the purpose of review of assessment’s scenarios.

3.3. Instructor Qualifications

  1. Instructors teaching engine room simulator-base courses must hold, as a minimum standard, a Second-Class Engineer, Steamship or Motor ship Certificate of Competence.
  2. Instructors must hold teaching qualifications incorporating training in instructional techniques, educational technology and evaluation methods.
  3. Instructors must have completed training specific to the type of engine room simulator-base equipment used by the Recognized Institutions.  Instructor’s training must be delivered by a recognized engine room simulator-base expert.
  4. Recognized Institutions must submit, 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the course, a letter of application for recognition of Instructors qualification to the AMSPE.

3.4. Teaching Environment

Recognized institutions must provide suitable teaching environment and facilities that include:

  1. Access to the course location to be easy and suitable.
  2. Classrooms, lecture and study rooms suitable for the delivery of technical subjects.
  3. Learning resource centre and library with sufficient marine texts to allow independent study on marine engineering subjects.
  4. Room simulator-base, with full mission compartments.

3.5. Course attendance

  1. Recognized Institutions shall have a strict class attendance policy.
  2. Students are to attend all classes, lectures and exercises to a rate of 90% attendance of the program.
  3. Students with attendance levels less than indicated will not be considered as completing the courses and a Transport Canada Marine Safety Training Certificate will not be issue.
  4. Recognized Institutions shall have a policy to assist students that have not met the expected attendance level by allowing extra time and special project.
  5. Recognized Institutions shall limit the number of students attending the course to 8 students.

3.6. Pass/Fail Criteria and examination method

  1. Final assessment by course instructor shall be as listed in STCW A I/12.8, that being;
    1. Performance criteria are identified clearly and explicitly and are valid and available to the student
    2. Assessment criteria are established clearly and are explicit to ensure reliability and uniformity of assessment and to optimize objective measurement and evaluation, so that the subjective judgements are kept to a minimum;
    3. Students are briefed clearly on the tasks and/or skills to be assessed and on the tasks and performance criteria by which their competency will be determined;
    4. Assessment of performance takes into account normal operating procedures and behavioural interaction;
    5. Scoring or grading methods to assess performance are used with caution until they have been validated; and
    6. The prime criterion is that a student demonstrates his/her ability to carry out a task safely and effectively to the satisfaction of the assessor.
  2. All courses shall have sufficient evaluation of each student. As a minimum standard, an aggregate pass mark of 60% shall be required to successfully complete each course. The aggregate system of marking should be considered as follows:
    1. Assignments   minimum = 20%;
    2. Mid Term Evaluation  = 30%;
    3. Final Exam   = 50%
  3. The_cumulative of all assignments including the mid-term exam accounts for 50% of the aggregate marking. The passing mark for each term work and for the midterm examination is a minimum of 60%.
  4. The final exam accounts for 50% of the aggregate marking. The passing mark for the final exam is a minimum of 60%.
  5. The overall passing mark will be 60%
  6. For the PPS Level II students there shall be written report with an aggregate value of 50% on the final mark. 
  7. For the examinations identified in (4) above, the pass/fail mark shall be 60%. Students not achieving the 60% pass mark or higher in each courses requirements  shall be deemed as having failed the PPS Level I or PPS Level II Course as the case may be.
  8. The examination process is illustrated under the course profile for either PPS1 or PPS2 and will be covered under different scenarios preapproved by TCMS.
  9. Upon successfully completion of a course and examination, a candidate may be exempted for the requirements of PPS1 or PPS2 exam under the MPR.

3.7. Technical Specifications

  1. Institutions must provide a Propulsion Plant Simulator meeting all the technical specification as described in Annex of this publication


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