Requirements for the qualification of instructors of the maritime educational institutions and training centres are prescribed by the Cabinet Regulation No. 710 "Regulations Regarding Certification, Implementation and Monitoring of Professional Training Programmes for Seafarers" adopted 15 December 2015 .
The education and training programme of seafarers shall be delivered and the acquisition process shall be evaluated by an instructor-assessor certified by the Registry of Seamen. This requirement shall not apply to the tutor of the education programme who teaches a subject not related to the acquisition of competence specified in the STCW Convention
In order to qualify for the delivery of an education or training programme of seafarers, and to assess the knowledge and proficiency of students, the instructor-assessor shall be trained in compliance with Regulation I/6 of the STCW Convention and qualified in the respective field. The compliance to the requirements of the STCW Convention is certified by a certificate of instructor-assessor issued by the Registry of Seamen.
In order to receive a certificate of instructor-assessor the person shall be trained in methods of delivery and evaluation, as well as maritime regulatory enactments. The training course of instructors-assessors can be acquired at the Latvian Maritime Academy of RTU, Liepaja Marine College of RTU or Novikontas Maritime College.
In addition, the instructor-assessor who conducts training on a training simulator shall be trained for use of the particular training simulator.
After receipt of the certificate, the instructor-assessor shall, once every five years, refresh the knowledge on the requirements of the STCW Convention and other international regulatory enactments in the field of professional training of seafarers.