Ratings programs have always been very popular among merchant navy aspirants. Ratings courses trains candidates and makes them capable of taking up a relevant job (related to their rating) aboard a merchant navy ship.
Some popular ratings courses are GP (General Purpose) Rating, Deck Rating and Engine Rating. GP rating is similar to a generalized ratings course, consisting of elements of deck and engine ratings programs. Deck Rating and Engine Rating programs focus on deck activities (like navigation) and engine activities (familiarization, operating and maintenance) respectively.
Saloon rating program focuses on maritime catering activities. It is a certification course that will help you get familiar with maritime catering processes.
COURSE DURATION: 6 months long (pre sea training)
To be considered eligible to pursue this course, candidates must satisfy some requirements. They are –
- Age limit: Must be between 17.5 to 25 years (in cases of most of the institutes offering this course).
- Educational qualifications: Being 10+2 passed (any stream, with English subject) from a recognized board is the minimum qualification required. Candidates possessing advanced qualifications are also eligible to apply!
- Physical and medical standards: Candidate should be physically and medically (eyesight and hearing) fit, as per the Merchant Shipping guidelines.
Job & Career Path after the course:
Many maritime institutes in India are offering saloon rating course at the moment. Deserving candidates are selected after written test and/or interview. After securing admission, candidates undergo 6 months long academic program. After course completion and formalities like document submission, successful candidates will be given CDC (Continuous Discharge Certificate).
Candidates who possess CDC are eligible to join merchant navy ships. Saloon rating holders usually work in the kitchen of the ship, taking care of catering and hospitality affairs.