I’m beginning my radar renewal process a bit early this time using the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School Distance Learning Program.
When I wrote the last article describing this new way to handle training and re-certification I said that I would be giving this a try as my renewal date approached.
I should say that my first attempt at finding and registering for the course was slightly side-tracked by the fact that I thought I would be using the Prometric portal. Well let’s say that after a few calls to an endless loop of phone menu items and toll free calls including one to somewhere in southeast Asia, I found my way by calling the Calhoon MEBA School directly and spoke to a nice young woman named Lisa Mc Neil. (410-822-9600 ext 322). I was able to ask all my questions and get answers from a real human being and I was set right in short order.
So here’s the deal as I understand it;
Any mariner can apply for their radar re-cert with this school, you do not have to be a member of MEBA. Follow this link to their home page, hover your mouse over the “Online Courses” menu item and check out the drop-down menu. Read everything then fill out your application, select your course and pay the lady. You’ll receive an email with confirmation and then you’ll have to allow a day for processing the order. You will receive an email confirming your registration and access to the study material and also (more importantly) your login and access to the instructors for any questions you might have (via email).
In the information link it states you have a month, but the conversation I had with Ms. McNeil made it clear that I could study longer if necessary and not have any problem. Ms. McNeil can offer more info if you need more time.
Once you have registered and been accepted you will be given the key to the online course material and practice with it as often as you like. The online course and testing material comes from the same source used at the Prometric Center on your exam day.
Okay so you’re ready to test. The scheduling process is email based and finding the exam near your home becomes your next step. Here’s where the Prometric System comes into play through the Calhoon website.
Select “Locate a Test Center” and follow through the menu to filter it down by country, state, etc…
Select the course;
Search the nearest test center;
Select the center you want;
Check for available dates
So that’s what I’ve got so far. I will report back after I’ve completed the process and let you know how it went. So far I’m on track.