Basic Polar Code Operations   |   Online Coursework with On Campus Assessment   |   $1,400



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2024 Dates for the On Campus Assessment:

Monday, August 5  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm    |    Register Now


For additional dates please contact our office.


This is a 40-hour blended course with 36 hours of online coursework followed by a 4 hour on-campus assessment.


Course Description
This USCG approved course meets the STCW mandatory minimum requirements for training and qualification of masters and officers on board ships operating in polar waters. The knowledge-based information will be presented online, and all sections will be followed with an online assessment which must be passed prior to advancing to the next section.


Topics covered:

  • Ice characteristics, detection, and movement
  • Vessel performance in ice and cold climates
  • Operating and maneuvering a ship in ice
  • Safe working practices and responding to emergencies
  • Crew safety and survival in cold waters
  • Compliance with pollution prevention requirements
  • Voyage planning for passenger ships operating in remote areas


After finishing the online portion of the course, the candidate must report to Maine Maritime Academy to complete the required on-site written final examination. Certification will be issued upon successful completion of the final examination.


Course Access
Upon registration, students will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online coursework. You may complete the training at your own pace, but you will be required to finish one module and the associated module test before advancing to the next section.

Please allow 24 hours for the enrollment and activation process to be completed.


Once the online modules are completed you will register for your final assessment. Completion of the online modules is a prerequisite for attending the in-person assessment; however, you may register to take the assessment at any point after starting the course. If our schedule does not work for you, give us a call. We can often support alternative dates, pending instructor availability and timing.


Please note: Maine Maritime Academy uses Canvas as its online learning management platform. If you have previously completed any online classes at MMA, you will log back in with your existing username and password and see the new course on your dashboard.


USCG Approval:
This course meets the Certification requirements for Basic Polar Code Operations and satisfies the training requirements and standards of competence outlined in Section A-V/4, Table A-V/4-1, of the STCW Code as amended for Basic Polar Code Operations.


*Merchant Mariner license holders must contact the US Coast Guard directly for particulars concerning their license upgrades or re-certification questions: Call the National Maritime Center at 1-888-427-5662 or visit online at Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation.