NMP holds competency trainings for maritime instructors, assessors
TACLOBAN CITY – As the government’s premier training center for maritime manpower and in pursuit of the agency’s thrust of establishing NMP as a Faculty Development Center for Maritime Trainers and Faculty, NMP continuously assists the academe and the private maritime training centers in upgrading the knowledge and skills of instructors and assessors.
For the past three weeks, marine officers aspiring to become trainers and faculty members from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao converged at NMP Tacloban to attend the Training Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and the Training Programme for Instructors Conducting Simulator-based Training (TPICSbt) held on April 25 – May 6 and May 9-13, respectively.
The 10-day Training Course for Instructors (TCI) is intended to provide participants the techniques in planning and preparation for an effective teaching and instruction; the selection of appropriate methods of instruction; preparation of teaching manuals; and the evaluation of the teaching and learning process.
After taking TCI, Capt. Eddie Gamale of Othello Micomar Shipping said, there is a felling of strong surge of confidence to face whatever challenge that lay ahead, as he is now fully armed with the knowledge he achieved from the training. He looks forward to apply the teaching technique he learned on board ship when he needs to teach his crew.
Second Officer Francisco “Butch” Vuycankiat has expressed the same feeling of confidence. He is excited to handle maritime courses at NMP as guest lecturer.
The TCI also prepares the participants to the succeeding session which is TPICSbT. The highlight of this 5-day course is the planning and preparation of learning activities and corresponding instructional materials using a training simulator as teaching-learning aid.
TPICSbT participant, Capt. Ronald Monzon described how he valued his training at NMP. According to him, “I keep on coming back here because training at NMP is for real, unlike in other training centers where trainees are made to watch and see only the simulators. Each trainee has the chance to use the equipment/simulator where one gains mastery in handling them. Nagsawa kami sa paggamit ng radar equipment nyo dito”, he quipped.
On Monday, the 10-day course on Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12) will commence. It will provide aspiring maritime assessors proper training to develop assessment tools, administer and conduct of examination based on International Maritime Organization (IMO) model course. Upon completion, the graduate may be recommended to undertake the practical experience in assessment under the supervision of the Maritime Training Council (MTC) to qualify as National Assessor for which he/she will be issued the appropriate certificate.
All these mandatory trainings are in accordance to MTC Resolution No. 3.s. 1996, CHED Memo Order No. 3 s. 2005, and the International Maritime Organization’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978 Regulation 1/6, Section A-1/6 which set the qualification requirements of maritime instructors and assessors. (MARIA SANDRA M. GALLARDO)
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