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 FightingUAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG1 week
Advanced Fire RevalidationAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG5 days
Assistance TowingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Automatic Radar Plotting AidsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 Week
Azimuth Pod (ASD) Ship Handling CourseAVTEC – SewardNoCompletion Certificate3 Days
Basic MeteorologyAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingUAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG1 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 Op.AVTEC – SewardNoFCC1 day
First Aid/CPR/AED MarinerUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG/FCC2 weeks
Ice NavigationAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 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 100 Ton/OUPVUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 weeks
Master 1600 Ton PrepAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 weeks
Master/Mate 200 TonAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG4 weeks
Medical Care ProviderAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 days
Methods of InstructionAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG9 days
Operator of an Uninspected Vessel (OUPV)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG3 weeks
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 RecertAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Cargo Handling and Stowage (Operational Level)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG5 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
Small Vessel OperatorUAS Ketchikan CampusNoNo3 days
TankshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Towing Assistance Mate/SteersmanUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Upgrade to 200 Ton Master/MateUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Vessel Security OfficerAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 day
Visual CommunicationsAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Master 100 Ton/ OUPVUAA KPC Kachemak Bay Campus, HomerNoUSCG4 weeks/80 hours
Medical Care Person In ChargeAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG47 hours
Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR)AVTEC – SewardNo2-day Assessment47 hours
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Basic Training RevalidationUAS KetchikanYesUSCG2 days
MateAlaska Maritime Apprenticeship ProgramNoVariesVaries
Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor CertificationAlaska Marine Safety Education AssociationNoUSCG Drill Conductor card2 days

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