The effects of simulator training on ice management performance are studied and used to propose an evidence-based method for training ship operators to a target performance level. In a previous study we found that, on average, experienced seafarers performed better in an ice management simulator than inexperienced seafaring cadets (Veitch et al. 2019). In our current research, a curriculum developed based on the results of Veitch et al. (2019) and the requirements of the Polar Code (International Maritime Organization 2017), was used to train a group of seafaring cadets on an individual basis in either one or two training sessions. After training, each seafaring cadet completed one of the same scenarios used by Veitch et al. (2019) and this was used as a basis of performance evaluation. In all performance metrics, the average performance of the inexperienced cadets improved after training. In most performance metrics, the performance of the inexperienced cadets improved with each subsequent training session. A trend created from the relationship between amount of training and ice management performance represents a method for estimating the amount of training required to reach a specified performance target. This method can be used to inform future ice management training requirements and can be applied to other types of operator training in order to predict the amount of training needed to reach a performance target.

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