NAVIGATION SKILLS
ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

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DEVELOPED TO HIGHEST STANDARD

The NSAP ® assessment criteria are developed to measure mariner performance in consult with expert psychometricians, setting the highest standards in the industry. The minimum standards of competence outlined in Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Table A-II/1 and A-II/3 are used as the starting point. The scenario is then created using elements and challenges that mariners encounter in the real world—shoals, aids to navigation, traffic, weather, currents, shiphandling, bridge team management, communication, and vessel traffic systems—all of which are integrated into the appropriate regulatory framework of navigation rules, shipboard management systems, and company policies and procedures. As each layer is added, the realism and feasibility of the challenges created by that layer are evaluated by subject matter experts. By creating the scenario element by element, the developers build an assessment that is challenging and yet still within the capabilities of a competent mariner.

The Navigation Skills Assessment Program is developed based on an extensive Job Task Analysis and each assessment element is carefully mapped with Domestic and/or International regulations according to the various responsibilities of the NSAP ® participants.

Each of the below NSAP ® scenarios include a Re-Assessment component.

NSAP® Oceans – Management Level
Primarily Management Level Deck Officers operating Deep Draft Vessels on Ocean Routes subject to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW).

NSAP® Oceans – Operational Level
Primarily for Operational Level Deck Officers operating Deep Draft Vessels on Ocean Routes subject to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)

NSAP® Workboat
Primarily for Deck Officers operating vessels of a tonnage less than 3000 ITC operating on Routes subject to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)

NSAP® River
Primarily for Deck Officers operating vessels of a tonnage less than 3000 ITC operating on Routes generally not subject to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)

NSAP® New Hire
Primarily utilized to assist companies in the hiring process. The NSAP® new hire is sometimes used by companies or organizations in combination with an internally devised and set ‘cut-score’ to align to its organizational values in addition to the NSAP®-set highest standards and industry best practices.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“The NSAP® was a very effective way to accomplish both objectives and provided a valuable tool to identify opportunities for improvement both on an individual and fleet-wide level. It brought broad issues to the surface quickly like overreliance on ECDIS and lack of effective COLREGS application. Of further note is a definite cultural shift after the officers went through the NSAP® process: Captains were taking lessons learned back to their vessels to raise the level of watchstanding by mates.”

-Captain Scott Craig, Director, Marine Development and Compliance, Crowley Marine Services

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I’m highly impressed with the work you are doing and the way you go about developing the NSAP® product. I also enjoyed meeting and spending time with the MITAGS-PMI Leadership Team, an impressive group of people. And last but not least, it was personally very gratifying to see the Cockpit Resource Management principles we developed at NASA during the 70s and 80s translated so effectively into the marine environment.”

-Dr. John Lauber, former Chief of the Aeronautical Human Factors, Research Office of NASA

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“Overall, the assessment MITAGS-PMI West Coast campus has developed for their NSAP® was observed to be sound and well aligned to the performance skills of interest. Specifically, their group of subject matter experts possess an extraordinary wealth of practical ship piloting knowledge and experience, and were able to craft a well-designed exercise that incorporates more than 20 plausible, challenging, and in some cases, unexpected event scenarios to serve as measures for their assessment.”

-Alan Koenig PhD, Markus Iseli, PhD UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“The assessment process including the simulation scenarios are scientifically engineered to uncover the true and actual level of competency of a navigating officer giving ship owners/ship managers a vivid picture of risk areas that will need to be mitigated. It provides highly valuable input equal to if not more than what can be gathered from professional/technical interviews, simulation training, workplace (on the job) assessment and performance appraisal combined.”

-Captain Terence Uytingban, General Manager, UltraShip Crewing Phils., Inc.

PRESENTED WORLDWIDE

As a result of global demand across the maritime industry for an objective tool in risk mitigation, MITAGS-PMI has implemented the NSAP® at various International Training Centers (ITC) throughout the world.

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