National Able Seaman   |    $750.00


Part 1:   Begin the Course   |   Register Now  


Part 2:   2024 Dates for the On Campus Assessment

April 30, 10:00 a – 6:00 p   |   Register Now


Please contact our office at (207) 326-2211 for additional assessment dates.


This is an 48-hour hybrid course: 40 hours of online coursework followed by an 8-hour in-person practical training and assessment session, during which you will be required to pass two written exams and demonstrate Marlinespike Seamanship proficiency.


Course Description:

This course is designed for mariners at the entry-level position. The objective of the program is to provide instruction, assess knowledge, evaluate skills, and ensure competence in seamanship for mariners intending to work professionally as Able Seamen. Note that this course does not satisfy any sea service requirements, nor does it satisfy additional training requirements for an Able Seaman rating such as Lifeboatman.


Topics of study include:

  • Nautical Terminology
  • Watchkeeping and Helmsman’s Duties
  • Compass and Chart Use
  • Rules of the Road
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Pollution Management
  • Cargo Equipment and Handling
  • Anchoring, Mooring, and Line Handling
  • Firefighting and Shipboard Emergencies
  • Marlinespike Seamanship


USCG Approval:
Those who successfully complete this National Able Seaman course will be presented with a certificate of course completion, and will satisfy the professional examination requirements of 46 CFR § 12.401(c)(5) for any national rating endorsement as Able Seaman, as well as CFR examination and demonstration requirements outlined in 46 CFR § 12.405 with the exception that this course does not meet any written or practical examination requirement for Lifeboatman.


Course Access:

When you have completed your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access the online material. The online coursework is self-paced, and delivered through Canvas, MMA’s online learning management system. Please allow up to 24 hours for enrollment and activation to fully process.