A: Your license identifies you as a professional mariner and certifies you at a professional skill and responsibility level. With your license you can be employed as an operator or master subject to the limits of the license, and carry passengers for hire. For a private boat owner, being licensed may result in lower insurance rates.
A: The Coast Guard has several requirements, which must be met before they will issue you a license. Completing the training and testing at The License School will waive the $100 testing fee you would pay at the Regional Exam Center (REC). The various licenses addressed by The License School’s courses require various amounts of SEA time, which you must document for the Coast Guard. The following are Coast Guard requirements, for which you will be responsible. The License School Staff can assist you with meeting many of them.
A: The License School conducts the training and administers the examinations. Upon successful completion you receive a certificate, which you then present to the Coast Guard in lieu of testing at the Regional Exam Center (REC). The Coast Guard will then issue your license. This certificate is valid for one year from the date of issue by The License School.
A: The OUPV course is 60 classroom hours. The 100 Ton and 200 Ton Upgrades are 3 calendar days each. The Auxiliary Sail and Towing Assistance modules are 4 hours each and are usually held on the same day. Classes are held 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please see class schedule for specific dates.
A: You are required to show government issued photo identification (i.e., diver’s license, passport, Z-card) on the first day of the course. The License School courses and tests are Coast Guard approved, and are offered only in English. You will also need some math skills, including knowledge of basic Algebra along with some knowledge of vectors and percentages, as well as use of a calculator. The License School courses are time and content based therefore, 100% attendance is mandatory.
A: The Academy provides forms for students. Forms may be obtained from the Coast Guard web site at: http://www.uscg.mil/STCW/m-pers.htm or your Regional Exam Center.
A: The local Regional Exam Center (REC) has taken up to 7 weeks to complete issuance of licenses; check with you REC at: http://www.uscg.mil/STCW/m-recs.htm
A: Please consult the regulations at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/gmhome.htm or your local REC. Federal law restricts issuance of licenses for a variety of reasons. It has been our experience that very few applicants for lower level (small boat) licenses have been denied them.