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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who may enroll?

All Extended Learning courses are open to adults, at least 18 years old.  No prior college education is required.  Students should have good oral and written English skills to successfully participate in any of the training courses. 

Registration does NOT guarantee a seat in the class.  The Extended Learning Department requires a 50% deposit on all courses.  Space is reserved and students are considered enrolled only when the Extended Learning department receives the 50% deposit for any of the courses. 

You can register and pay for classes by clicking the link below: https://commerce.cashnet.com/csum_xl

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit when I sign up for a class?

A deposit of 50% for all courses must be received no later than (2) two calendar weeks prior to class start date.  (This does not apply to companies with direct billing.)  Deposits can be made with personal check, money order, or cash via phone, email or in person.  Deposits with credit and debit cards can be made via our online registration and payment system (https://commerce.cashnet.com/csum_xl).  Checks and money orders should be made payable to Cal Maritime and sent to Extended Learning, 200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590.

Course fees can be paid with cash or check ONLY at the Vallejo Extended Learning location.  The Maritime Safety and Security Center (MSSC) in Richmond is only able to accept credit cards as a form of payment.

Q: What are the course fees?

Course fees are noted in the schedule of classes next to each course.  All course fees and balances are due in full (2) two calendar weeks prior to the fist day of each class.  A 10% late registration fee will be added if not paid in full by (2) two calendar weeks prior to the beginning of class.  Extended Learning cannot offer financial assistance for courses.

Q: What is your refund policy?

Extended Learning will provide a full refund if a student cancels 15 or more calendar days before the start of the class with an acknowledged confirmation via phone or email, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  Cancellations received between 14 and 7 calendar days before the start of the class will be charged a fee of 25% of the class tuition.  Cancellations received less than one week prior to the start of the class will receive a 50% refund of class tuition.  Cancellations received one day prior to or on the start of the class will receive no refund.  Students who are rgistered yet fail to attend, as well as those who do not complete the program, will not be eligible for refunds.  The Extended Learning department reserves the right to cancel a class at their discretion and will issue a full refund if any class is cancelled.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Q: What are the course requirements?

1. All students are required to present photo identification at the beginning of each course.
2. Students should have good oral and written English skills to successfully participate in any of the courses.
3. Students must be clean-shaven (no beards) in order to participate in any of the firefighting courses.  No exceptions.
4. Students need to bring a change of clothing on Wednesday of the STCW Basic Safety Training course, as proficiency testing will be done in the swimming pool.  Long pants, shirt, and shoes are required.  No shorts, sandals, or open-toed shoes. 

Q: Where is Cal Maritime Extended Learning located?

We are located on Faculty Drive, which is the first right turn as you enter the campus of the California Maritime Academy.  Go all the way up the hill, past Bodnar Field, and you will see the building on your left.  Use Parking Lot I on the left, adjacent to our facility.

Q: Where can I park?

At the first class meeting, you will be given a temporary parking pass for access to the Academy. Place on the rearview mirror of your vehicle. Parking for Extended Learning students is permitted in the parking lot, adjacent to Extended Learning building. Without proper identification, your vehicle may be ticketed or towed.  Overflow parking is available in Lot G.

Q: Are meals available?

Students may use the Academy Dining Hall, Morrow Cove Cafe or The Bistro for meals. The Dining Hall serves meals during the academic year and often during the summer. It accepts cash and credit cards. The Morrow Cove Cafe and The Bistro is open during the academic year and offers breakfast and lunch items, light snacks, and refreshments. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Q: What are my lodging options?

No lodging accommodations are available on campus, but we recommend the following two hotels:

Holiday Inn Express - 

1375 East 5th Street, Benicia, CA 94510
(877) 863-4780

Courtyard by Marriott, Napa Valley - 

1000 Fairgrounds Drive
Vallejo, CA 94589 
Call (800) HOLIDAY or (707) 644-1200

Students will receive a corporate rate of $99.00 while attending classes at Cal Maritime. The Inn has a restaurant and bar on the premises.

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