Maine Maritime Academy's Center for Professional Mariner Development (CPMD) is a renowned institution dedicated to fulfilling your STCW certification and maritime training requirements with the utmost professionalism. Whether you prefer online, hybrid, or in-person learning, our expansive array of courses, totaling over 40 diverse options, are meticulously crafted to cater to your training needs.

CPMD stands out by offering flexible scheduling options, including regularly scheduled trainings and customizable a-la-carte selections. We prioritize your convenience, understanding the demands of your busy lifestyle.

Our commitment to excellence extends to individuals and corporate entities alike. We take pride in delivering a world-class student experience within our state-of-the-art facilities, situated in the picturesque mid-coast region of Maine.

Explorer our comprehensive course listings to find upcoming offerings. Please contact us with questions or to inquire about scheduling a class that you do not currently see listed. Your journey towards maritime excellence begins here.

Upcoming STCW & Non-STCW 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. CPMD’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.

CPMD’s main facility is located in beautiful Bucksport, Maine. 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

Maine Maritime Academy’s Center for Professional Development (CPMD) works diligently to provide necessary maritime training for the mariner, when they need it. To do so, CPMD schedules instructors that travel to our Bucksport, Maine facility to support – often at great distance. To ensure our fee structure remains affordable, CPMD must insist that any cancellations occur in a timely manner.

Payment must be paid at the time of registration. In person classes are refundable prior to the start of class. CPMD’s online classes have all been developed by our instructor cadre and are proprietary. Online classes are refundable until the learning management system, Canvas, has been first accessed.

Courses sponsored by authorized employers must be fully paid upon the student’s completion of the course or within six (6) months of registration, whichever occurs earlier.

In accordance with the above, cancellations will be refunded in full, minus the 2.9% credit card processing fee. CPMD makes every effort to maintain course schedules as posted. If, however, Maine Maritime Academy must cancel a course, we will notify registrants as soon as possible and issue a full refund including the credit.

CPMD Staff / Faculty

Rick Smith
Assistant Instructor
Michael Allen
Assistant Instructor
Lisa Burton
Manager of Fire Training
John McMillan
HUET, Personal Survival, & Water Survival
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Center for Professional Mariner Development
24 Mariner Way
Bucksport, ME 04416

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