Friday, March 20, 2015

Packet Approved!

As I've posted in prior posts, my application had been submitted to the Coast Guard and I've been waiting patiently for them to evaluate everything in my packet.  I had one little hiccup on sea time, which was resolved, but aside from that it was a pretty painless process.

Well, today I got an email from the National Maritime Center that my application had finished evaluation and was approved.  What that means, is that I've been given the "green light" for testing with the Coast Guard.  Now, I just need to finish studying and make an appointment to go test.

I am scheduled to go up to Seattle for 2 weeks of test prep on April 20th, but in the meantime, I've been studying each day at home.  Going through 2 years worth of information and re-hashing all the formulas, rules, regulations, etc. is a lot of work, but I'm tackling as if I were trying to eat an elephant (as someone suggested)... one bite at a time.

It's been 2 years and one week since I started the program at PMI, and I feel pretty good about everything and just hope I pass those exams the first time around.  I'll keep blogging about the test prep and examinations as they present themselves.

In the meantime, study study and more study, although I might have to go out to sea and do a quick trip in that timeframe as well.  My boss said he might have a short trip for me, which is a mixed blessing considering I need the study time... but the income would be handy as well.

At any rate, thought I document the moment.   Excited and looking forward to finding closure on Chapter 1 of the new career.