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The structure of this Coast Guard approved course is explained below:

The Master's License Upgrade (Great lakes and Near Coastal)


Usually taken immediately following the OUPV Course - covers the additional topics required for a tonnage specific license.  Depending on your sea service you can apply for a raise in grade to a 25, 50, or 100-ton Master's license. This upgrade allows you to operate both inspected and uninspected vessels. (16 Classroom Hours GL/INL) or (24 Classroom Hours NC). A Near Coastal License allows you to operate up to 100 miles offshore.
Completing the NC class will allow a current Master, Great Lakes & Inland to add Near Coastal to their license.

Additional Requirements for License:

    1.  Current First Aid/CPR certification (Less than 1 year old for new MMC applicants)

        This course can be taken on an additional day for $85.00 (Discount available for current students)

    2.  DOT approved 5 panel drug test (urinalysis)

        Students receive discounted membership in the Chicago Maritime Group

        (A DOT/USCG compliant drug testing consortium)

    3.  Physical Examination documented on new USCG form. 

         (Physical less than 1 year old)

         We have contracted with Premier Occupational Health to provide this service to our students for a special reduced rate.

    4.  Sea Service letters.  We will assist you in preparing or acquiring these.

    5.  TWIC card

    6.  CG-719B form - Application for merchant license


Sea Service Requirements:

    1.  360 days on vessels, (720 for Near Coastal option) 90 of which must be within the last three years for Master; or

    2.  90 days on vessels for Mate license (Upon completion of sea time, Master license issued)

    3.  At least 90 days of the 360 must be on the Great Lakes or license will be limited to

        Inland Waters, other than Great Lakes


Additional Student Materials:

    1.  Notebook paper

    2.  Post-It notes and tabs

    3.  Note cards

    4.  Writing and note-taking items (Pens, pencils, hi-liter, eraser, etc)



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Last modified: 10/01/17  EGMA