In the past, many people graduated from small boat license courses through the Education for Employment (EPE). It was one of the most popular courses of the EPE and was previously only offered in theory and not in practice.
This year, after deliberation with the Directorate of Shipping, they included the practical exam in this course. They adapted the course contents, comprising a more intensive program to meet the requirements of the maritime world. The Port Master, Mr. R. Beaujon, and the small boat license instructors at the EPE, worked hard on the course's material revision, especially the theoretical part. They reinforced the small boat license rules to bring this course to a higher level.
To improve safety on the water for everyone using the beach in any way, they introduced the practical exam to the course to obtain the small boat license. One of the significant changes is the addition of the practical exam, in a boat on the water to ensure the students can steer it. It is comparable to the driver's license exam, in which you also have the theory and the practical part of the exam. With the certificate in hand, the student should go to the Navigation Directory from whom they will receive the small craft license allowing them to operate a small boat in the waters surrounding Aruba.
The EPE is thankful for the Port Master, Mr. Beaujon's guidance, and all the small boat license instructors at the EPE.
It is how the EPE contributes to a safer maritime world with stricter course rules for beachgoers.
“Our vision and commitment are for the EPE to reach a higher level worthy for our people. We are happy and proud to see these great advancements," the Minister of Labor, Energy, and Integration expressed.
The EPE provides the opportunity for everyone eager to grow and learn.
The EPE is preparing to open registration for the next course by the end of March. The new course starts on April 17, 2023.
For more information on the courses, please visit www.epearuba.com, or visit the EPE at Engelandstraat nr. 33 or contact them by calling 5825662.
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