Finding maritime training near you is not necessary because you can complete it online! We’ve become a trusted provider of what we feel is the best maritime training near me alternative available. Our safety training courses can be done anywhere. We offer online and onsite training options; choose whichever you prefer. We can get you your certification in as little as two hours with our online training. You can also use a more robust, customizable option through our DIY training kits or onsite training. No matter which option you want, we can help you get the maritime training you want at a price you can afford.
What are my options for maritime training?
Maritime Online Training
Maritime Kit Training
Maritime Train The Trainer Training
Maritime Onsite Training
What and Why
What’s in the Maritime Training Courses?
Our maritime training courses are regulation-compliant, and our online versions fulfill classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on equipment, safe operations, common hazards, and more.
These presentations include intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the courses. In addition to the written exam, these courses also include a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, these trainings encompass the following CSA standards for the maritime industry:
- SOR 93(1) – Emergency Procedures
- SOR 93(2) – Training
- SOR 144 – Fall Protection Systems
- SOR 147 – Protection Against Drowning
- SOLAS 3 – Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements
Why do I need Maritime training?
In line with CSA requirements, anyone who works in the maritime industry must receive training prior to beginning work. When it comes to refresher training, CSA’s standard in some instances (such as operating forklifts) is very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment.
Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of maritime work. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.
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Maritime Training Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need maritime training?
csa requires maritime training for maritime employees–on that, there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often employees need maritime refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, it is common to see employers set recertification every three years. We are one of them. And here’s why:
As far as this 3-year maritime training certification goes, csa regulations are very specific when it comes to forklifts and a couple of other pieces of equipment. However, on everything else they are not so clear. They just state the employer must regularly provide safety training for their employees to maintain proficiency. Following industry best practices, we’ve adopted this 3-year term in order to help employers comply with the general standard of regularly providing maritime training.
Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine how frequently their maritime employees need to be trained. Many of our customers require it more often, annually even. Others may stretch it out a bit. In working with csa, though, it is our experience that they like to see employers adopt the strictest standard when the regulations are not clear. For instance, we know of companies that didn’t train every three years and were reprimanded by csa for not offering additional training more often.
It is not uncommon for csa to refer to the forklift standard as the pattern by which training should be carried out for other pieces of equipment. On a side note, csa is slowly but surely making training requirements specific for other pieces of equipment so there are no gray areas. Maritime for instance is undergoing potential changes to the regulations that will reference training specifically.
So, with that in mind, we say maritime employees must be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to do their job safely. We also state that this every-three-year maritime evaluation is the maximum time that should be allowed to pass before an employee receives maritime recertification. There are several instances that should require additional maritime training and observation before the three-year period is up:
- Maritime employee is observed in an accident or a near
- Maritime employee received a poor evaluation or is observed operating in a dangerous manner
- The maritime employee is assigned to work a different job or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional training.
How much are maritime course prices?
Our maritime course prices start at $99/person for online training, $475 for the classroom kit (train as many as you need), $850 for the online train the trainer course + the kit, and custom pricing for onsite training.
I’ve operated maritime for 30 years. Do I need to take a maritime course/class, a written exam, and a practical exam still? Or can I just take a written maritime operator test?
Yes, you need to take a maritime operator safety training course. No matter how long you’ve been on the job, CSA requires maritime safety training, a written exam, and a practical evaluation. There is no way around it. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the maritime employee not only understands but is capable of operating safely. Many of our customers believe the practical evaluation has the greatest overall value.
I received maritime safety training at a different job. Do I need to be trained again by my new employer?
This is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of maritime work you will be doing. For example, if you bring a maritime fire safety certificate or maritime fire safety license (wallet card) to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to csa that they trained you on maritime operations.
Can you explain maritime certification? Who can train, evaluate, and certify operators?
This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, CSA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:
- Train employees in-house with their own program
- Hire a 3rd party to train the employees (on-site or off-site)
- Use another company’s materials or online classes to train employees
In terms of using a 3rd party’s safety training materials (like our maritime training kits on CD or our maritime online training classes), CSA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that training needs to occur and outline the things a maritime operator should be trained on.
When we do live training or offer maritime safety training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live maritime safety training or the training materials needed to help them certify their employees.
How do I take the maritime practical evaluation if I take maritime safety training online?
The online maritime course covers CSA’s requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what maritime safety training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the maritime class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the maritime . When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy CSA’s requirements for maritime certification.
My trainee scored 80% on the maritime training test/exam. Did he pass or fail his maritime operator safety training course?
Contrary to popular belief, csa does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer, who is also responsible for certifying (or authorizing) their employee to work in the maritime industry. If an employer chooses to pass their employee at 80% on a maritime safety exam, that’s fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.