Friday, June 7, 2013

Compass Courses Launches New QMED Class

Compass Courses Maritime Training is offering a 30-day QMED (Qualified Member of the Engine Department) program at their facilities in Edmonds, Washington beginning June 17, 2013.

Compass Courses has teamed with The Anchor Program (TAP) to provide the training, which will encompass the QMED Oiler and Fireman/Watertender ratings.

The new course can benefit mariners looking to enter the Engineering path of licensing, as well as anyone seeking the training north of Southern California.

The month-long program will provide students with proof of having completed the US Coast Guard Oiler and Fireman/Watertender exam modules, and 60 days of sea service creditable towards their QMED.

Any applicant successfully completing the QMED – Oiler – Fireman/Watertender course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-7 (b)(2), according to Compass Courses, and can receive credit for 60 days of the sea service needed for a QMED Oiler and Fireman/Watertender endorsement, as long as they also present evidence of at least 120 days engine room service; and if presented within a year of the completion of training, satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-9 for the Fireman/Watertender, and Oiler: Steam & Motor examination modules.

Compass Courses says that if the program grows, training for additional QMED ratings could be added, such as Junior Engineer, Deck Engineer Machinist, Refrigeration Engineer, Electrician and Pumpman.

More information regarding the QMED Program can be found at