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Course Offerings

CME simulation training enables apprentice mariners to accrue sea-time credit for licensure while providing advanced training to veteran pilots on the newest safety techniques and to further their career. The following is just a sampling of CME offerings for personal mariner development. For more information or to register for a class on the Paducah campus, please contact CME Registrar and Marketing Assistant, Kelly Howard Butts at 270.575.1005 or kbutts@seamenschurch.org. In Houston, please contact Capt. David Howell at 713.674.1236 or dhowell@seamenschurch.org.

Bridge Resources Management (BRM)

BRM is a 3-day, USCG-approved course covering:

  • Human factors
  • Situational awareness
  • Collision avoidance
  • Risk assessment
  • Rules of the road
  • Voyage planning
  • Decision making
  • Communication skills

Advanced Pilothouse Management (APM)

This course is extremely flexible and can be tailored to the specific needs of each company. APM includes similar topics to BRM course (see above), and may include new material developed by the company.

Terms (Both BRM and APM)

Contract User: Customized session for 8-12 wheelmen including exclusive use of four-bridge Kongsberg simulator suite, with guaranteed space on the calendar on a multi-year basis

Open Enrollment: Pre-paid sessions designed for smaller, growing companies unable to commit eight wheelmen for class

BRM/APM Alumni e-learning (Coming Soon)

Using video from CME’s simulators our instructors provide engaging online refresher modules on critical navigation topics such as flanking and downstreaming.


HSE e-learning (Health Safety and Environment)

  • Affordable, anytime, anywhere training across multiple devices
  • Both LMS and course modules customized to your company’s brand
  • Content available separately for your LMS
  • Excel-based reports for auditing purposes
  • Unlimited training, per person, per year
  • Unrestricted access to the HSE library
  • Free technical support and administrative training
  • Short, direct, professionally-narrated PowerPoint presentations using low bandwidth

Individual Aptitude Assessments

  • One day course in private simulator suite with close-quarter maneuvering capability
  • Recognized by USCG for TOAR
  • Useful for pre-employment evaluations, company directed instruction, post-incident evaluation, and vetting

Mate/Steersman Course

Combination of simulator training and classroom sessions:

  • Week One: basic boat handling, rules of the road, navigation systems
  • Week Two: safety drills and incident response training
  • 24 days of sea service for week 1 and 26 days for week 2
  • Upon successful completion of supervised simulations with homework for 2 weeks, plus end-of-week exams

Radar Renewal for All Grades

CME offers USCG-approved Radar renewal classes (all grades), included at no extra charge during BRM or APM.

Rose Point Electronic Charting System

  • One-day (8 hr) course, applying Rose Point ECS4 in a range of underway scenarios
  • Employs sophisticated navigation simulation with access to complete full-mission bridge simulator system, equipped with ECS
  • Designed to enhance navigation safety by providing knowledge and skills necessary to utilize Rose Point ECS fully and efficiently

Towing Officer Assessment Program (TOAP)

  • For Western Rivers and Near Coastal (CME Houston only)
  • One week course
  • Two mariners in private simulator suite with close-quarter maneuvering capability
  • 15-29 days of sea time towards endorsements means completion of TOAR in one week