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Human Element Leadership & Management - MCA Issues New M-Notice

The new MIN 455 (M) was issued on the 8th April 2013 and provides advice and guidance regarding the introduction of the mandatory Human Element, Leadership and Management Training (HELM).

The Marine Information Notice (MIN) has the following impact on deck and engineering officers:

  • Existing deck officers, Masters and Chief Engineers who revalidate their existing Certificate of Competency (CoC) do not have to undertake any additional training, even after 31 December 2016.
  • If you are following an MNTB approved officer training scheme leading to the issue of an Officer of the Watch, Engineer Officer of the Watch or Electro-Technical Officer CoC then no additional training is required.
  • You will have to undertake HELM(O) if you are not following an MNTB approved officer trainee scheme and are applying for a CoC at operational level after 31 August 2013. Examples hereof are candidates following routes such as 'experienced seafarer', engineer apprenticeship entry, yacht certification or Royal Navy transfer.
  • You will have to undertake HELM(M) if you are applying for one of the following CoC after 31 August 2013:
    • Master and Chief Officer, Reg. II/2 (unrestricted);
    • Chief and Second Engineer Reg. III/2 (unrestricted);
    • Chief and Second Engineer Reg. III/3 (unrestricted);
    • Master and Chief Officer, Reg. II/2 (limited to Standby, Seismic Survey and Oceanographic Research Vessels);
    • Chief Engineer Reg. III/2 (limited to Standby, Seismic Survey and Oceanographic Research Vessels).
    • Master and Chief Mate (Yachts, Less Than 3,000GT),
    • Yacht Engineer Y2 and Y1 (<9,000kW).

For more information, read the full MIN 455 (M) here.

We are now taking bookings for our HELM(O) and HELM(M) courses. More information about the courses can be found here:

Human Element, Leadership & Management - Operational Level

Human Element, Leadership & Management - Management Level

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