Maine Maritime Academy’s Center for Professional Mariner Development offers online, hybrid, and in-person courses to meet your STCW and maritime training needs. With over 33 diverse courses, CPMD’s regularly scheduled trainings and a-la-carte options are designed to accommodate your busy schedule. We work with individuals and companies to ensure a world-class student experience in our state-of-the-art facilities, all located in beautiful mid-coast Maine!

Please check our course listings for a complete list of offerings. If you’d like more information or would like to inquire about scheduling a class you don’t see listed, please contact CPMD.

Upcoming Courses

Excellent Location

The Center for Professional Mariner Development is centrally located in Bucksport, Maine. Thirty minutes from the Bangor International Airport, Bucksport is easily accessible by air and major roadways. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, and the Appalachian Trail are within driving distance so you’ll have many options for outdoor adventures on land, too.

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I was fortunate to find the classes I was looking for at CPMD! Thanks to the hybrid option, I was able to take a portion of the training online before finishing with an in-person assessment. CPDM’s classes are informative, entertaining, and taught by knowledgeable instructors.
~ Nicholas R. | Veazie, Maine

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer Advanced Firefighting and Basic Training as a dual certificate option; courses are taught concurrently, meaning that content for both courses is mixed in over the course of the training.

Certification for both classes will be issued upon successful completion.

Only the National Maritime Center (NMC) can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information concerning your Merchant Mariner Credentials.

If you have questions regarding your license, please visit the NMC website. For basic training and advanced firefighting renewal questions, please search ‘STCW Renewal’.

We are pleased to now offer both online and hybrid courses to allow you to complete your required trainings at your own pace.

For fully online courses: Once you complete your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online coursework. You may complete the training at your own pace but may be required to finish one module before advancing to the next.

For hybrid courses: Hybrid courses require two steps. First, you will register for Part One of the training; upon doing so, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online coursework. You may complete Part One of the training at your own pace but may be required to finish one module before advancing to the next. Once you complete Part One, you may register for Part Two of the training. In doing so, you will select the assessment date that best fits your schedule and prepare to complete the requirements in person.

Please note: Maine Maritime Academy uses Canvas as our online learning management platform.

As part of CPMD’s enduring commitment to safety, we follow all current Maine Maritime Academy and the State of Maine guidelines.

CPMD’s main facility is located in beautiful Bucksport, Maine, on the site formerly occupied by Verso Paper Mill. Our address is:

24 Mariner Way
Bucksport, ME 04416
(207) 326-2211

Please note: Some courses, such as those requiring pool access, are taught in Castine, on Maine Maritime Academy’s undergraduate campus. Please refer to your course confirmation email for details on course location.

Bucksport is conveniently located along historic Route 1, making it an easy 25-minute drive to Bangor International Airport, and a 30-minute drive to Castine. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, the Appalachian Trail, and other scenic attractions are also within reach!

We are proud to offer over 24 STCW and non-STCW courses for your career needs! Search class offerings and course dates at

If a student withdraws from a course, the course cost will be refunded in full except for the 2.75% credit card processing fee; the processing fee is non-refundable.

CPMD makes every effort to maintain course schedules as posted. However, if we must cancel a course, we will notify registrants as soon as possible and issue a full refund.

CPMD Staff / Faculty

Rick Smith
Timothy Achorn
Myles Block
Debra Kingston
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Center for Professional Mariner Development
24 Mariner Way
Bucksport, ME 04416

Alan Chace, Director

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