The Master 100 Ton candidate must have a significant amount of sea time experience prior to taking the course.
- At least 360 days of sea time before he or she is eligible to take a USCG Captain’s Course. The US Coast Guard defines one day as four hours underway. There are exceptions for professional mariners working several shifts in one day and those who live aboard. Learn more about documenting your sea time.
- Master Inland: 360 Days of sea-time since the age of 13, 90 of the 360 days must be within the last 3 years, 50% of the 360 days must have been acquired since the age of 16.
- Master Inland/OUPV: 360 Days of sea-time since the age of 13, 90 of the 360 days must be within the last 3 years, 50% of the 360 days must have been acquired since the age of 16.
- Master Inland/Mate Near Coastal: 360 Days of sea-time since the age of 13, 90 of the 360 days must be within the last 3 years, 180 of the 360 days must be outside the boundary lines, and 50% of the 360 days must be acquired since the age of 16.
- Master Near Coastal (to 100NM offshore): 720 days of sea-time since the age of 13, 90 of the 720 days must be within the last 3 years, 360 of the 720 days must be outside the boundary lines, and 50% of the 720 days must have been acquired since the age of 16.
- The candidate must be 19 years of age to enroll in an OUPV/Six-Pak course.
- All candidates must have a firm understanding of the English language.
Upon successful completion of the course:
- The student will be required to submit a paperwork package to the USCG in order for his or her license to be commercially endorsed.
- Physical examination
- Drug test
- TWIC card
- First/aid CPR certified
- Prove that he or she is eligible to work legally in the United States.
- Please note that OUPV/Six-Pak Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States but do not have to be US citizens.
- Anytime with Exam Sat, Oct 13 , 8:30am
- Anytime with Exam Sat, Dec 8, 8:30am
To take this course online:
- Book your course and pick your examination date and location
- Order Course Materials (book, chart, tools) online or from a local Marine retailer
- Logins & Materials List are emailed to you.
- Start digging into the module by module instruction complete with video, quizzes, readings, and hands-on problem-solving.
- Sign up for virtual office hours if you need them with one of our captains
- Come to one live prep day before your examination (extra days and tutoring available for extra cost).
- Take your exam in person with Confident Captain
In order to properly document sea time, candidates must fill out the Small Vessel Sea Service form and transfer all of their sea time information to this document. Please note that one form should be used for each vessel and that the owner, operator, or master must sign off on the time for the form to be valid. If the candidate is the owner of the vessel, he or she may sign off on his or her own sea time.
A day is defined as eight hours of watchstanding or day work, not to include overtime. On commercial vessels where a twelve-hour workday is authorized and practiced, such as on a six-on, six-off watch schedule, each workday may be considered for one and one-half days of service credit. Required sea service is specified in months or years, which are then converted to days, i.e., one year means 360 days and one month is 30 days. Service other than on deck is given half credit (e.g., 1 day credit for every 2 days served) and an approved training program may substitute for all except 30 days of the service requirement. On vessels of less than 100 gross tons, a day is considered as eight hours unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection determines that the vessel’s operating schedule makes this criteria inappropriate, in no case will this period be less than four hours.
- Register for Course by choosing Dates below.
- You will receive details by email from your Instructor.
- Participate in the entire course.
- Take and pass your exam with us.
- Recieve Course Completion Certificate.
- Fill out your USCG application using our Guide.
- Send your application and certificate to the Coast Gaurd.
- Get your Captain’s License.