Mass Communication Specialists (MC) write Navy news releases and feature articles from personal interviews, examination of messages, and witnessing of events; take news and feature photographs and develop photo stories with associated Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRINS), captions, and pertinent historical data; understand the Navy Public Affairs mission for the acquisition, processing, and marketing of all internal and external information products through web sites, news releases and internal information products; acquire, transmit, and print electronic imagery; operate high-speed copiers and digital duplicators; understand imagery and equipment lifecycle management and archival requirements; prepare and lay out Navy information products, including web sites, newspapers, and command information brochures using desktop publishing systems; provide still and video documentation of Navy and joint operational events; provide visual documentation of combat, combat-support operations, and related peacetime training activities; prepare material for broadcast use; serve on the staff of Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) detachments; operate and schedule command internal information and programming for Shipboard Information, Training, and Entertainment (SITE) systems; troubleshoot mechanical and digital reprographic and photographic equipment; perform color management; supervise shipboard and Sea Operations (SEAOP) detachments in support of the Navy Public Affairs mission; serve on combat camera deployable teams; research, develop, and write speeches using Navy talking points and messages; fulfill duties of senior enlisted advisor for public affairs on select Fleet, Numbered Fleet, Type Commander (TYCOM) staffs, aircraft carriers, and large-deck amphibious ships; implement public affairs guidance and messages from higher public affairs authority; and serve as independent duty Public Affairs Officers (PAO) at small commands. For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card.
There are 7 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section below to view these credentials.
The following civilian credentials are related to MC-Mass Communication Specialist. These credentials may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these credentials, click on the credential title below.
Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)
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The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formal military training program that provides active duty and Full Time Support (FTS) Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provides the nationally recognized "Certificate of Completion" upon program completion.
USMAP enhances your job skills and shows your motivation for more challenging military assignments. Having a DOL Certificate of Completion is an advantage in getting better civilian jobs since employers know the value of apprenticeships.
Also, your DOL Certificates are part of your Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDR) — and these certificates will enhance your opportunity for advancement and retention.
The following USMAP apprenticeship trades are related to the MC-Mass Communication Specialist rating:
The following civilian occupations are similar to the duties performed by MC-Mass Communication Specialist. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these occupations, click on the civilian occupation below.
For more supervisory and managerial positions, please refer to the Leader (All enlisted E-4 and above) Collateral Duty page.
To search for related civilian job opportunities, go to the Veteran's Employment Center.
The following federal occupations are similar to MC-Mass Communication Specialist. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience.
For more information about these occupations, click on the federal occupation below.
Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature and explore more opportunities to get certified
(click "Find" on the side of this page, go to the "Enlisted Search" section, then use the "- Select Collateral Duty -" drop-down list).
A BIBLIOGRAPHY is provided by the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) to document the REFERENCES used by a subject matter expert (a Navy Chief in the rating) as the basis for writing the items on the Active Duty and Reserve Navy Advancement Exams. If a reference has been updated since the exam was created and differs from the reference listed here, the information in the updated reference will be used as the basis for scoring the exam.
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The credentials shown in this table are related to this military occupation in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.
Most: Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for them. To ensure a complete understanding of the credential requirements, click on the credential name in the table and review the page that follows.
Some: Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for them. To ensure a complete understanding of credential requirements, click on the credential name in the table and review the page that follows.
Other: Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.
Credentials listed in the Credentials table have been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. The credentials listed may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements. To ensure a complete understanding of credential requirements, click on the credential name in the table and review the page that follows.
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This indicates that a detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on either the credential name or the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.
LaDR (Learning and Development Roadmap) icons call out credentials that are "highly recommended" (but not mandatory) for a particular pay grade - because they complement the training, experience, and competency of that paygrade. You are NOT restricted from attempting credentials recommended for senior & junior pay grades (as long as you meet all eligibility requirements). The Navy Bucks icon indicates all the credentials for which you might be eligible.
Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill for the credentials with the GI Bill icon in this column.
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This icon indicates that the credential has been accredited by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC). ICAC accreditation tells you that the credential meets documented standards of quality, which you can review on their web site.
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The civilian and military jobs share either most job duties or some job duties.
Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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This credential is recommended on the rating LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-0
pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.
Click link to go to Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) COOL Snapshot page.
Renewal Period: 5 years
Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) is an entry-level certification that provides knowledge for employment in the operational and technical areas of television broadcast stations, broadband distribution centers, sports stadiums, cable companies, video production studios, and other related fields by learning the installation, operation, and maintenance skills necessary in the industry. There is no experience requirement to be eligible for the examination. Candidates must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.
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Renewal Period: 5 years
The Certified Video Engineer (CEV) is a mid-level certification. Video engineers are broadcast engineering professionals who work with television signals rather than radio. In addition to operating broadcasting equipment, video engineers develop the settings needed on engineering equipment, install upgrades or updates to the equipment and perform repairs when necessary. The candidate for Certified Video Engineer must have five (5) years of suitable experience in audio/video engineering or related technology and must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.
Click link to go to Adobe Certified Expert COOL Snapshot page.
Adobe Certified Expert is a professional-level certification aimed at industry professionals who have attained a deep level of mastery in using Adobe technology. An individual with the ACE is a qualified professional in fields such as web design, digital media, or rich Internet application development. To become an ACE, you must pass one or more product-specific proficiency exams and agree to the ACE terms and conditions. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking an ACE exam, however applicants typically have a minimum of two-years of experience with the Adobe product in which they wish to certify. While there are no renewal requirements, certification holders are encouraged to remain up-to-date on newer product versions by taking recertification exams as the product is updated.
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Renewal Period: 1 year
The Certified Manager (CM) is a general management certification. It is appropriate for supervisors, managers and leaders at all levels, in any industry, and benefits certificate recipients and their organizations. The CM program consists of 3 course modules of which each includes a study manual, online learning resources, practice exams and a certification exam. To earn the CM certification one must pass three certification exams. Successful completion of the CM exams is a reliable indicator that an individual possesses the skills that leaders and managers need. Eligibility for the CM certification is determined by a point system that considers both experience and education. A candidate must have at least 10 points including at least 3 Education points, and at least 4 Experience points. Candidates may count a maximum of 6 Education points and 7 Experience Points toward eligibility. Those who do not qualify for CM status may still participate in the CM program if they have met at least one of the minimum eligibility requirements. These individuals will earn Associate Certified Manager (ACM) status upon completion of the program. An ACM may earn full CM status through additional education and/or experience.
Click link to go to Certified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM) COOL Snapshot page.
Renewal Period: 5 years
The Certified Graphic Communication Manager credential is an intermediate-level certification. The In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association's (IPMA) Certified Graphic Communications Manager (CGCM) designation is recommended for individuals with at least 5 years of relevant work experience at the management level. Certification is achieved through demonstrated management experience, professionalism, and the successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
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Certified Service Manager (CSM) is a certification that verifies the holder has the knowledge needed to manage a modern service business. Candidates must pass a written test based on their knowledge of business operations. The test is approximately 50% general information (laws, regulations, customer and employee relations, etc.), and 50% financial management. Areas covered are business types, quality systems, bankruptcy laws, warranties and risk of liability, employee relations and pay systems, employment laws, subcontractors, interviewing job applicants, and financial management. While there are no education or experience requirements, candidates should have some business management experience.
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Renewal Period: 3 years
The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures others of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. Candidates must pass a written exam and submit a 15-image portfolio. There are no education or experience requirements to sit for the exam.
Click link to go to Project Management Professional (PMP) COOL Snapshot page.
Renewal Period: 3 years
The Project Management Professional (PMP) is an advanced skill level credential that demonstrates an individual's experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. Candidates for the PMP credential perform their duties under general supervision and are responsible for all aspects of the project for the life of the project. They lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and scope. They demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined requirements and deliverables. To apply for the PMP, a candidate must have a high school diploma with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education OR a four-year degree and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education. Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click link to go to Electronic Document Professional (EDP) COOL Snapshot page.
Renewal Period: 5 years
The Electronic Document Professional (EDP) is an industry designation awarded to qualified individuals who have demonstrated broad knowledge of and experience in digital communication-whether in print, over internal networks, or online-from document creation to distribution. EDP certification ensures that the recipient has demonstrated excellence by a thorough examination of his or her work, business ethics, and overall contributions to the industry through a rigorous evaluation process. The EDP certification is awarded to individuals currently working in the electronic document industry, with a minimum of five years active work experience in the industry, who accept the EDP Code of Ethics, who earn an equivalent of 100 education credits, and submit a portfolio of actual business examples that demonstrate and document the candidate's capabilities.
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Credential description coming soon.
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