Originally Posted by CJL
Crazy!........ What happens if you don't have a computer and can't get access to one?
Yes I would say that's pretty crazy in the modern world.
Originally Posted by C2 RIBS
As most are now aware as of the beginning of April 2012 all new applicants for commercial endorsements will also now have to sit an on line examination, as well as all of us with commercial endorsements we will need to sit the exam on each renewal (i.e every five years).
Today I met with a colleague who operates commercially a large cruiser and has done so for over twenty years, but due to his age he has an annual medical and also this means he has to apply each year for the commercial endorsement.
Firstly does anyone know if he will have to sit the on line exam every year or will that pass last for five years but just needing his annual medical and forms as he believes he will need to sit the exam every year!
Secondly he hates computers and has either a family member or accountant do all his on line work, applications, fuel reclaims etc etc. So what will be on offer to help him should he decide to stay commercial to sit this exam which the RYA have told us is up to 4hrs.
Safe to say he is a very able skipper and very knowleagble but he is honestly thinking of jacking in his love of boats and meeting people due to this latest drive of the RYA. He understands it is designed to ensure skippers can show knowledge etc etc but the need for an on line exam may mean we lose a very able and qualified skipper. Can anyone explain for me what the RYA can offer him so I can pass on the info. Thank you
Ian, I dont think the plan is for everyone to repeat the course every time they re validate. I think the plan is that new commercial endorsements will need to take the course from 1 April and the rest of us will have to do it next time we revalidate. Within 5 yrs everyone will have then done it. (this is my understanding and not actually written in black and white, so you cant hold me to it).
As an aside i have spent the last few of weeks playing with the pilot version of the course. I am pleased to report that while some will find the subject matter pretty dry the course is very thorough. Many of the questions that get asked on here by new and experienced skippers alike are within the course content. It really concentrates on teaching you where to find the relevant information rather than learning hundreds of regulations.
This is a good development for the commercial endorsement and if we have to drag a few people kicking and screaming into the year 2012 and encourage them to accept that computers are part of modern life then I guess that is what will happen! There is nothing that says a friend or Instructor can't help you set up the login etc. Beyond that it's no more scary that using a chart plotter you are unfamiliar with. I assume anyone taking the PPR course would have the confidence to tackle a new chart plotter!!!