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Practical Maritime Training

Maritime TrainingU. S. Coast Guard license candidates are required to complete Practical Marine Training programs plus specific courses within licensing majors to satisfy the merchant mariner licensure prerequisites and MMA graduation requirements.

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USCG Certifications & License Requirements

  • Basic Safety Training
  • Basic and Advanced Firefighting Training
  • USCG Lifeboat Endorsement
  • FCC Radio Telephone Operators Permit
  • Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Certification
  • Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch Keeping (STCW) 95
  • USCG Radar Observer Certificate and Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)(mates only)

Additional training for Unlimited and Limited license candidates:

I. 3rd Officer, Engineer/Mate, Unlimited, Any Ocean License

A. Two training cruises aboard the T.S. State of Maine
B. One Cadet Shipping cruise
C. Watch Standing and Ship Maintenance
D. Regimental requirements, in accordance with federal regulations and defined in the Regimental Manual.

  • wearing of uniforms
  • a demerit discipline system
  • must be in training a minimum of three years
  • must pass the USCG examination for third mate or third assistant engineer to be eligible for graduation.

Maine Maritime is not a military school. There is no military obligation if you participate in the Regiment of Midshipmen.

II. Limited Tonnage, Mate Licenses
  • One (200-ton, mate)or three (500-ton or 1,600-ton, mate) shipping co-operativesaboard commercial vessels, i.e., work boats, suppy vessels, tugs, ferry services, traditional sail. Seatime requirements vary based on license desired.
  • Training Cruise - A 2-week training cruise between third and fourth year aboard schooner Bowdoin, incorporating terrestrial and celestial navigation, watchkeeping, vessel handling, emergency operations, passage planning and the entering and clearing of foreign ports.
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