Captain's License Requirements

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Master 25/50/100 Ton

Captain’s License


The US Coast Guard Master 100 Gross Tons License allows its holder to captain any vessel ranging from 25 to 100 Gross Tons, regardless of whether or not it is inspected. Successful completion of our Master 100 GT course and exam satisfies all 100 Ton educational requirements and prepares you to obtain a US Coast Guard-issued master’s license ranging from 25 to 100 GT.

Operate Vessels Including:

  • High-speed ferries
  • Whale watching boats
  • Charter boats carrying over six passengers
  • Vessels of other sizes and capacities up to 100 tons

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OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) Captain’s License

The US Coast Guard OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) License allows boaters to operate an uninspected vessel of up to 100 Gross Tons.

Often referred to as a Six-Pack License, the certification allows captains to operate boats carrying up to six passengers.

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Course Prerequisites

More details about course prerequisites, including Licensing Forms & Checklists can be found here.

Course
Master 25/50/100 Course
USCG OUPV / 6-Pack Online Course
Age Requirement

At least 19 years of age

At least 18 years of age

Required Sea-Time

At least 360 days of sea-time experience:

  • 90 of the 360 days must be within the last three years
  • All experience must be obtained after the age of 13
  • 50% of the experience must be obtained after the age of 16

Master Inland/Mate Near Coastal Prerequisites

  • 360 days of sea-time
  • 90 of the 360 days must be within the last three years
  • All experience must be obtained after the age of 13
  • 50% of the experience must be obtained after the age of 16
  • 180 of the 360 days must be outside the “boundary” line used for licensing purposes

Master Near Coastal (to 100NM offshore) Prerequisites

  • 720 days of sea-time
  • 90 of the 720 days must be within the last 3 years
  • All experience must be obtained after the age of 13
  • 50% of the experience must be obtained after the age of 16
  • 360 of the 720 days must be outside the “boundary” line used for licensing purposes

At least 360 days of sea time experience:

  • Each day of experience is defined by a minimum of 4 hours underway
  • Only one day can be logged for every calendar day
  • 90 of the 360 days must be outside the “boundary” line used for licensing purposes.
  • 90 of the 360 days must be within the last 3 years
  • All experience must be obtained after the age of 13
  • 50% of the experience must be obtained after the age of 16

OUPV Inland: 360 days in the operation of vessels

OUPV Great Lakes: 360 days of service, OF WHICH 90 days operating vessels on Great Lakes waters

OUPV Near Coastal: 360 days in the operation of vessels, OF WHICH 90 days of service on Ocean, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters


Language Requirement

Firm understanding of the English language

Firm understanding of the English language

US Citizenship

Yes

No

Physical Exam

Yes

Yes

Drug Test

Yes

Yes

First Aid Certification 

Yes

Yes

CPR Certification

Yes

Yes

Character References

Yes – 3

No

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