OUPV/6 Pack Captain’s License
Offered currently only online with virtual assistance.
Self Guided Online Course: $395
Operate Uninspected Vessels with up to 6 Passengers and 100 Gross Tons
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.
Online in Lieu of the Coast Guard Exam
Confident Captain’s 6-Pack Captains License program calls for 56 hours of training, offered either online only at this time with an in-house exam. Once the program and in-house examination are complete the student will receive a certificate of completion and will be able to obtain their OUPV license without taking the Coast Guard exam.
Endorsements courses are held via Zoom the day before a Captain’s exam starting at 6pm for Towing – written endorsement exams modules will then be taken with the regular exam .
In order to participate in the OUPV (Six-Pack) course the following criteria must be met:
- 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
As well as the above sea-time requirements, all candidates for an OUPV license must fulfill the following general requirements:
- 18 Years of age
- Physical and drug test
- A valid CPR/First-Aid certification
Confident Captain brings you the tools to study for your USCG OUPV/6-Pack Captain’s License from the comfort of your own home on your own time.
How Online Courses Work
Book your course and pick your examination date and location
Order your course materials online via Amazon or local Marine retailer
Start digging into the module by module instruction
Sign up for virtual office hours if needed
Optionally hire a personal coach if needed (click here for more information)
Take your exam!
Online students can email and even set up video conference calls for assistance with this course. Additionally, online students are also able to sign up for a Course Coach, who acts as a personal resource to the student when and if they need the extra help.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be required to submit the following paperwork and information to the US Coast Guard in order to apply for his or her license.
- Physical examination
- Drug test
- TWIC card
- First-Aid/CPR certified.
- Please note that OUPV/Six-Pak Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States but do not have to be US citizens.
Additional Certifications for Captains:
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Sign Up for an Exam Date
- 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.
- Receive Course Completion Certificate.
- Fill out your USCG application using our Guide.
- Send your application and certificate to the Coast Guard.
- Get your Captain’s License.
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.
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