First Class Pilot: National

The First Class Pilot credential allows its holder to serve as pilot on the route(s) specified on the endorsement, subject to any limitation of tonnage, type of vessel, route or waters.

NMC Checklist for First Class Pilot
CFR Reference: 46 CFR 11.703

RECENCY: 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage

DECK EXAMINATION GUIDE: ESS 4.1. At this link, you will find two Deck Examination Guides.  If your qualifying service for the license began before March 24, 2014, you may opt to be examined under the procedures of the old Deck Examination Guide.  The old guide’s examinations are significantly less difficult in most cases than the new guide’s.

To Apply for the Credential

Application Process

If you need additional information, please email us at Credential Assistance.