JIS News

Recent high school graduates, who are considering a career in the maritime industry, are being advised to apply now to pursue a course of study in the next academic year at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).
Egbert Gallimore, Deputy Executive Director of the Institute, told JIS News, that because there was limited space in the programmes, persons are encouraged to apply now, for early consideration and placement.
He explained that although the Institute had already admitted its quota for 2005/06, enrolling at the CMI for the next academic year was a viable option for young people.
Giving details, he pointed out that at the CMI, there are four main programmes from which to choose and these can be pursued on a full time or part time basis. Students can enrol in either land-based or seafaring programmes. The two land-based courses are the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Industrial Systems, Operations and Maintenance and the Diploma in International Shipping & Logistics. The two seafaring programmes are the Officer in Charge of Engineering Watch and Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch.
Mr. Gallimore said that the requirements for entrance into any of the programmes were “very simple and straightforward”.
“For all of our courses, we require five CXCs (Caribbean Examination Council) inclusive of Mathematics, English and science subjects,” he informed.
Two passport-sized photos as well as two character references are also necessary.To qualify for the first phase of the seafaring programmes, prospective students must also be medically fit, have a clean police record, and must also successfully complete an interview with the CMI admissions committee. The admissions committee is a panel of CMI staff members, representatives from the CMI certifying body as well as allied industry personnel.
“The interview and the medical are to ensure that they [prospective students] can cope with the situation at sea, when they are sent on the seas for phase two as a cadet,” Mr. Gallimore explained. “It is also to ensure that the students know what they want to do and are in fact making the right choice in terms of being a seafarer,” he said.
For persons, who may not have met the institution’s basic entry requirements, there was still hope, he assured, as the CMI offered a diagnostic course or “pre-course of study”, which is used for placement.”We will run a programme for them [interested students] for a year and at the end of it, if they obtain a GPA of 2.4 or above, they will be able to join any one of the courses,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Gallimore noted that the CMI in collaboration with the University of Technology (UTech) offered a pre-engineering course. “This is also a diagnostic course.for people who have not met the entry requirements, so that they can also matriculate into courses at the University of Technology. and here at the CMI,” he explained.
The Institute also conducts a five-month course with funding and support from the Heart Trust/NTA. “This is what we call the Multi-purpose Rating Course, and the entry requirement for that [programme] is that the individual must pass the Heart Trust entrance exam, or attain a Grade 9 level of proficiency,” Mr. Gallimore said.
He told JIS News, that the Institute admitted about 15 students per course, “because the training for these programmes are really competency-based and they need to be able to do the practical with the equipment…we really don’t like to go above 15. Sometimes we do go to 20 for the seafaring entrants, but for the associate degree and Diploma in Shipping Logistics, we can go up to 25 students,” he informed.The results are now available for the CXC and Advanced ‘A’ Level examinations.