Naval Maritime Academy (NAMAC), set up in November 1998, is a premier maritime training institute that offers seafaring courses approved by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), India. NAMAC is also a pioneer in conducting offshore safety courses. It is now an authorized training partner (ATP) of PMI to offer Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Disciplined Agile™ (DA) certification to naval officers. In an interaction with Manage South Asia, Commodore NN Rao (Retd.), Director at Naval Maritime Academy, talks about NAMAC’s association with PMI, benefits expected from the certification course, and how training courses equip retiring naval personnel for their second professional innings.
How does NAMAC help retired defense personnel?
The primary mandate of NAMAC is to provide a second career option to retiring Indian naval personnel. We have been offering seafaring courses as they align well with the core competency of these professionals. However, their priorities have undergone a change in the past two decades. They have been picking up their second career in corporate houses and industries. NAMAC had undertaken a survey and found that project management is one of the fields in which na val personnel have found employment post-retirement.
Why did you decide to join hands with PMI?
Naval personnel undertake projects of various kinds, and in various capacities, during their tenure. This factor came out strongly during our search for potential additional courses that NAMAC could offer retiring naval personnel. Since PMI is the most reputed organization offering project management certifications, we decided to become a PMI ATP. We are keen to offer training and certification courses on project management and Disciplined Agile™ (DA), and upskill the retiring personnel to make them future-ready.
Project management is considered a strategic capability for future leaders. How can defense personnel, including retired officers, benefit from it?