RECENCY: 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage
ENGINE DEPARTMENT EXPERIENCE gained on vessels of appropriate tonnage may be creditable for up to 90 days of the sea service requirements.
DECK EXAMINATION GUIDE: ESS 1-10. 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. Note that if a mariner holds a Mate 500 NC, no examination is required to raise the tonnage to 1600 NC or unlimited 3rd NC, provided the appropriate sea service requirements are met.
To Apply for the Credential
If you need help determining your eligibility or completing your application, please email us at Credential Assistance.
Mariners preparing for these credential examinations can begin on almost any Monday. The course of study lasts from 6 to 10 weeks and is a combination of lectures and tutorials. The tuition is good for one year.