There can be only one.

education requirements

HS/GED and Certification OR Maritime Academy Degree

expected salary range

$100K to $350K

training area


The ship’s Master, responsible for the entire ship, its crew and cargo. All persons on board are under the Captain’s authority. A high-grade, licensed mariner who oversees the ship’s safe, efficient operation, including: ship’s seaworthiness, safety and security, cargo operations, navigation, crew management, and ensuring the vessel complies with local and international laws, and company and flag-state policies. Make it so.

Here’s what you need:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Industry training certification or Maritime Academy degree

Here’s where you get it:

Advanced Fire FightingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Advanced Fire FightingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Advanced Fire Reval.AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Advanced Training For Polar OperationsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG5 days
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Azimuth Pod (ASD) Ship Handling CourseAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate3 Days
Basic MeteorologyAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training for Polar OperationsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG4 days
Basic Training RevalidationAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Bridge Resource ManageAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training RefresherUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Crisis Management and Human BehaviorUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Crowd ManagementAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Crowd ManagementUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Fast Rescue BoatUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG5 days
FCC Marine Radio OperationsAVTEC – SewardNoFCC1 day
First Aid/CPR/AED MarinerUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG/FCC2 weeks
Intro to Nautical SkillsAVTEC – SewardNoAVTEC12 weeks
Leadership & TeamworkAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Leadership and Managerial SkillsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG2-3 years
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusOECUSCG1 year
Marlinspike SeamanshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Master 1600 Ton PrepAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 weeks
Master/Mate 200 TonAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG4 weeks
Medical Care ProviderAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 days
Methods of InstructionAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG9 days
Pedestal Crane – Signalman/RiggingAVTEC – SewardNoCrane Operation Certification5 Days
Proficiency in Survival CraftAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Proficiency in Survival CraftUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG4 days
Radar Observer RecertAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Radar Observer RefresherAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 days
Radar Observer RefresherUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Radar Observer UnlimitedAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Radar Observer UnlimitedUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) AssessmentAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Shipyard Competent PersonAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate OSHA3 Days
TankshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Towing Assistance Mate/SteersmanUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Vessel Security OfficerAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 day
Visual CommunicationsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG5 Days
Medical Care Person In ChargeAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG47 hours
Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR)AVTEC – SewardNo2-day Assessment47 hours
Basic Training RevalidationUAS KetchikanNoUSCG2 days
Master 200 Ton UpgradeUAS KetchikanNoUSCG3 days
Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor CertificationAlaska Marine Safety Education AssociationNoUSCG Drill Conductor Card2 days

AMEC is a 2021 Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE).

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