The buck stops here. (With you.)

education requirements

HS/GED and Certification OR Maritime Academy Degree

expected salary range

$60K to $200K

training area


Head of the deck department and second-in-command, after the Master. Responsible for the safety and security of the ship, welfare of the crew, cargo operations and stability, search and rescue, and training/supervising the deck crew. Can also be responsible for maintenance of the ship’s hull, cargo gears, accommodations, and lifesaving and firefighting appliances. The Mate assumes command of the ship in the absence of the Master.

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Industry training certification or Maritime Academy degree

Here’s where you get it:

Advanced Fire FightingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Advanced Fire Fighting UAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG1 week
Advanced Fire Revalidation AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG5 days
Assistance Towing AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 Week
Azimuth Pod (ASD) Ship Handling CourseAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate3 Days
Basic Meteorology AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training UAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG1 week
Basic Training for Polar Operations AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG4 days
Basic Training Revalidation AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Bridge Resource Manage AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training Refresher UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Crisis Management and Human Behavior UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Crowd Management AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Crowd Management UAS 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 Boat UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG5 days
FCC Marine Radio Op. AVTEC – SewardNoFCC1 day
First Aid/CPR/AED Mariner UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG/FCC2 weeks
Ice Navigation AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 weeks
Intro to Nautical Skills AVTEC – SewardNoAVTEC12 weeks
Leadership & Teamwork AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Leadership and Managerial Skills AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Marine Transportation UAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG2-3 years
Marine Transportation UAS Ketchikan CampusOECUSCG1 year
Marlinspike Seamanship AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Master 100 Ton/OUPV UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 weeks
Master 1600 Ton Prep AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 weeks
Master/Mate 200 Ton AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG4 weeks
Medical Care Provider AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 days
Methods of Instruction AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG9 days
Operator of an Uninspected Vessel (OUPV) AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 weeks
Pedestal Crane – Signalman/RiggingAVTEC – SewardNoCrane Operation Certification5 Days
Proficiency in Survival Craft AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Proficiency in Survival Craft UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 week
Radar Observer Recert AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Radar Observer Refresher AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 days
Radar Observer Refresher UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Radar Observer Unlimited AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Radar Observer Unlimited UAS 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) Assessment AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Shipyard Competent PersonAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate OSHA3 Days
Small Vessel Operator UAS Ketchikan CampusNoNo3 days
Tankship AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Towing Assistance Mate/Steersman UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Upgrade to 200 Ton Master/Mate UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Vessel Security Officer AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 day
Visual Communications AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
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