Looking for more information or wondering how to get started? Here are some links to guide you toward resources relating to merchant mariner licensing, education opportunities, and more:



Education and Training

  • The Workboat Academy - a 2-year program offered by the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies/Pacific Maritime Institute at 3 campuses: MITAGS (Linthicum Heights, Maryland), PMI (Seattle, Washington), and HMTS (New Orleans, Louisiana). MITAGS/PMI also offers a multitude of USCG-approved courses to fulfill merchant mariner certification and licensing requirements.
  • Crawford Nautical - a well-established USCG-approved merchant mariner training facility in Seattle, WA offering a wide array of navigation courses.
  • Compass Courses - a woman-owned maritime school in Edmonds, WA, providing Lifeboatman certification, Basic Safety Training, Firefighting, a wide range of navigation courses and more. They also offer scholarships.
  • Fremont Maritime Services - a Seattle-based training facility located in the bustling Fishermen's Terminal, offering STCW Basic Safety Training, Shipboard Firefighting, HAZWOPER and more.
  • Northwest Maritime Center - a beautiful facility in Port Townsend, WA, offering boatbuilding courses, events, and navigation courses on location through affiliation with Crawford Nautical and the U.S. Maritime Academy
  • Traditional Maritime Academies: Cal MaritimeKings PointMaine MaritimeSUNY MaritimeTexas A&MMassachusetts Maritime; Great Lakes Maritime
  • Tongue Point Job Corps - Tongue Point Job Corps in Astoria, Oregon offers vocational training programs to help mariners obtain Able-Bodied Seaman (AB) and Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) endorsements.
  • Piney Point - the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is a Seafarers International Union-affiliated and operated USCG-approved merchant mariner training center in Piney Point, Maryland.
  • Grays Harbor Historical Seaport - An affordable sailing program to get new mariners started on the water, sailing up and down the West Coast on the beautiful tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain or Lady Washington.
  • Maritime Institute and Training Resources Ltd. - two schools located in San Diego, California, offering US Coast Guard-approved maritime training courses. 
  • San Jacinto College - just outside of Houston, Texas, the San Jacinto College Maritime Program offers a 2-year associate's degree in Maritime Transportation and continuing education for mariner licensing. 



  • gCaptain.com - job listings, as well as the latest maritime news, blogs, and helpful forums can be found here
  • This article offers some helpful links to maritime job listings online


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