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U.S. Coast Guard Approved/STCW Compliant Courses

Able Seaman

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - two weeks

This course prepares students for the Able Seaman's examination. At least 180 days of sea time aboard a vessel of 15 Gross Tons or greater is required for Able Seaman Special Endorsement. Applicants successfully completing this course will satisfy the written examination requirements of 46CFR 12.05-9 for any Able Seaman endorsement.

Note:  Able Seaman endorsements may also require additional Basic Safety Training, Proficiency in Survival Craft, and Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch training depending upon the level of certification required.

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Advanced Fire Fighting

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - five days

Designed to give the student training and experience in controlling fire operations and organizing and training fire parties as well as inspection and servicing of Fire Equipment. Anyone completing this course will satisfy the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of Section A-VI/3 and Table A-VI/3 of the STCW Code and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(2); and the Advanced Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(d) and 11.401(g)(1) for a license.

Prerequisite: Basic Fire Fighting or Basic Safety Training (BST)

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Assistance Towing

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - one day. Also offered online, click here for details.

Any applicant who successfully completes this course and presents the Certificate of Training within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 11.482(b) for Assistance Towing endorsement to any license up to Master Not More than 200 Gross Tons.

Prerequisite: OUPV or Master’s License

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Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) Operations

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

This STCW 95 required course is to train mariners in the proper use of automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA). Hands-on simulation is conducted using Kongsberg-simulated ARPA's. The successful completion of the course entitles attendees to earn a STCW 95 approved ARPA certificate and serves as a radar observer (Unlimited) endorsement renewal.

Prerequisite: USCG Radar Observer (Unlimited) Endorsment.

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Basic Safety Training (BST)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

This course combines all of the renewable components of the STCW’95 Code into one five day program. The course modules consist of Personal Survival, Basic Fire Fighting,  First Aid & CPR, and Personal Safety & Social Responsibility. These components may be taken separately (Please contact AVTEC Admissions for costs of individual classes).

  • First Aid & CPR (eight hours) This course covers immediate care to be given in life threatening situations involving sudden illness or injury at sea, including techniques for adult CPR. This component fulfills USCG requirements for first aid training per 46 CFR 10.205(h)(1)(ii) and the requirements of STCW’95 Section A-VI, Table A-VI/1-3.
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (four hours) This course is designed to familiarize mariners with requirements for emergency procedures, pollution prevention, safe work practices, effective communications, and interpersonal relationships. This component fulfills the requirements of STCW’95 Section A-VI/1, Tables A-VI/1-3, &1-4.
  • Basic Fire Fighting (sixteen hours) This course trains mariners in preventing, fighting and extinguishing fires aboard vessels. This component fulfills the USCG requirements for Basic Fire Fighting endorsement of certain licenses and documents and the requirements of STCW’95 Section A-VI/1, Table A-VI/1-2.
  • Personal Survival Techniques (twelve hours) This course provides mariners with an overview of basic sea survival skills including the actual use of survival equipment in the water. This component fulfills the requirements of STCW’95 Section A-VI/1, Table A-VI/1-1.
  • There will be a two hour swimming pool excercise in the evening to satisfy the Personal Survival Techniques portion of this course. Swimwear or clean clothes are required for the pool exercise.

Prerequisite: Clean shaven for basic fire fighting and the ability to swim for Personal Survival Techniques

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Bridge Resource Management (BRM)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

Any applicant who successfully completes the Bridge Resource Management course will:

  1. Satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(o) and the requirements of Section BVIII/2, Part 3-1 of the STCW Code; –AND–
  2. Be considered to have successfully demonstrated the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code: OICNW-2-3B; OICNW-2-3C; OICNW-2-3D; OICNW-2-3E; OICNW-2-3F; OICNW-2-3G; and OICNW-2-3H. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

A minimum of three students is required for this course to be held.

Prerequisite: Master 100 Ton Near Coastal or equivalent experience, Radar Unlimited, and ARPA

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Ice Navigation

U. S. Coast Guard and STCW Approved Class – three weeks

Designed for licensed deck officers needing Ice Navigation training. Any mariner completed this course will satisfy the knowledge, understanding, and proficiency for the ice condition, voyage planning and navigation, requirement of Section A-II/2 and Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended.

Prerequisite: USCG License as a Master or Mate more than 500 gross tons, ARPA, RADAR, and BRM

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Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - two weeks

This course satisfies the STCW'95 requirements for GMDSS training; this class focuses on the theory of GMDSS and the practical operation of shipboard equipment, using an interactive Capella simulator for laboratory sessions. Students in this class must test for the FCC GMDSS Operator License. There is an additional fee for this license.

Prerequisite: Student must have an FCC Marine Radio Operators Permit, AB Unlimited or Mate 500 tons or equivalent experience.

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Master Not More Than 200 Tons Program

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - nine weeks. Also offered online to 100 tons, click here for more.

Any applicant successfully completing this Program and presenting a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training will:

  1. satisfy the examination requirements for original issuance, for renewal, and for reissuance of any license up to Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More than 100 Gross Tons upon Near Coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland, or Inland waters, OR;
  2. satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(f) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.227(d)(8)(i)(C) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.227(g) for reissuance of any license up to Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 200 Gross tons upon Near Coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland, or Inland waters, AND:
  3.  satisfy the written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the “Deck & Navigation General / Deck Safety” and “Deck General & Safety / Rules of the Road” exam modules for any Able Seaman endorsement; AND
  4. satisfy the written “Survival Craft” examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for any endorsement as Able Seaman restricted to vessels without lifeboats (exam module 441xx) AND the practical (knot-tying) examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9(c) for any Able Seaman endorsement; AND;
  5. receive 29 days sea service credit towards any deck endorsement to a merchant mariner’s credential up to Master Not More Than 200 Gross Tons. This sea service credit may not be used to satisfy any recency requirements. This program has not been evaluated to determine if it will satisfy any requirements of the STCW Code.

In addition, this course includes examination for the FCC Marine Radio Operator Certificate. There is an additional fee for this exam.

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Medical Care Provider

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - three days.
Contact the Admissions Office for training cost & dates

Designed to train students to care for injuries and medical conditions encountered aboard ship. Students successfully completing this class will be able to direct the initial response and provide basic care required for an injured individual. They will be able to assist in the continuing treatment of the patient under the direction of medical advice. This will satisfy the Medical First Aid training requirement of Section A-VI/4 and Table A-VI/4-1 of the STCW Code and
46 CFR 12.13-1.

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Meteorology

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

Any applicant who has successfully completed the Meteorology (Operational Level) course will satisfy the Meteorology training requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as equivalent of OICNW-1-7A; OICNW-1-7B; and OICNW-1-7C from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-ll/1 of the STCW Code. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed “control sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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Methods of Instruction

Methods of Instruction introduces students to teaching and learning concepts and the application of a variety of methods of instruction, classroom presentation, and classroom management. The course presents learning theories that can applied effectively in the classroom and laboratory environments to enhance the students learning experience. The course covers an introduction to “Instructional System Design” , development of teaching objectives, test and measurement, and the development of lesson plans. Students will learn to manage the classroom to provide effective instruction in a non-threating environment. Students will perform lecture-discussion and demonstration-performance presentations using lesson plans they develop. Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to develop lesson plans and units of instruction based on learning objectives and will understand the process of validating their training to ensure course outcomes meet the stated objectives their lesson plans are built upon.

This course meets the USCG requirements to become a USCG approved instructor.

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Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch Assessment (BRM Assessments ONLY)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one day

This course satisfies the USCG and STCW requirements for the BRM portion of the OICNW Assessments and includes completion of the following assessments: OICNW-2-3A; OICNW-2-3B;OICNW-2-3C; OICNW-2-3D; OICNW-2-3E; OICNW-2-3F; OICNW-2-3G; OICNW-2-3H and OICNW-2-3I. This course is an assessment only and includes no training. Students must come prepared to carry out the above listed assessments without prompting or guidance.

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Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - three weeks. Also Offered online, click here for details

The OUPV course is designed for students who need to pass the USCG OUPV exams to get a license and proceed with their career. Both the training and one attempt at the exams are offered in this three week course. (Up to two more attempts at each exam can be scheduled the following two workdays, if necessary.) Attendance and passing test scores are mandatory to receive the Certificate of Training. Students who present the Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center within one year will:

  • Satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.209 (c)(iii) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.209 (f) for reissuance of a license as Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (Near Coastal).

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Proficiency in Survival Craft

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

Designed for students involved with lifeboats and inflatable life rafts, this course prepares them to launch and operate survival craft found on a variety of large and small vessels.

Students successfully completing this five day course will: 1) satisfy STCW regulation VI/1 (1) and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code; and 2) satisfy the training requirements of 46CFR 12:10-3(a)(6) and the examination requirements of 46CFR 12:10-5.

 Prerequisite: Basic Safety Training (BST).

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Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) Oiler

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Class - thirteen weeks

This course is designed for entry level engine rooms mariners.

Any applicant successfully completing the QMED Program and presenting a Certificate of Training at a Regional Exam Center within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-9 for an endorsement as Qualified Member of the Engine Department –Oiler, (QMED-Oiler) and will receive 90 days sea service credit that can be applied to the sea service requirements for any QMED endorsement. In order to fulfill all of the QMED requirements, the applicant must also present documentation showing at least 180 days engine room sea time, and the training requirements of 46 CFR 12.15-3 (e) and Section A-111/4 and Table A-111/4 of the STCW Code.

Note:  It is recommended that students also complete the Basic Safety Training Course. and Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC)

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Radar Observer (Unlimited), Original

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

Designed for licensed deck officers requiring a Radar Observer endorsement, this course provides hands-on collision avoidance and radar navigation practice on radar simulators to meet requirements of: 46 CFR Section 10.480 and radar applicable portions of STCW Code. Students are encouraged to bring their plotting tools.

Prerequisite: USCG License as a Master or Mate

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Radar Observer (Unlimited), Refresher

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - three days

Designed for licensed deck officers needing to renew their Radar Observer endorsement, this course provides review and radar simulator practice prior to theory examination and transfer plot practical. This three day course satisfies the requirements of 46 CFR 10.480 for renewal of an endorsement as Radar Observer Unlimited. Successful completion of AVTEC’s ARPA course also meets this requirement.

Prerequisite: USCG Radar Observer (Unlimited) Original

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Radar Observer (Unlimited), Recertification

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one day

An applicant completing this course satisfies the requirements of 46CFR 10.480 for renewal of an endorsement as Radar Observer Unlimited. Successful completion of AVTEC’s ARPA course also meets this requirement. Candidates for this course must be proficient in transfer plotting and have a good understanding of Radar theory as described in Radar Observer Manual. Students are encouraged to bring their plotting tools.

Prerequisite: Radar Observer (Unlimited) Original

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Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

Any applicant successfully completing the Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch Program, including all practical assessments will satisfy the service, training and assessment requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-3(c) and Table A-II/4 of the STCW Code, Specification of Minimum Standard of Competence for Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW).

Applicants for RFPNW STCW certification must provide evidence of either:

  1. Either six months of approved, seagoing service that includes training and experience associated with navigational watch keeping functions and involves duties carried out under the direct supervision of the master, officer in charge or a navigational watch (OICNW), or qualified ratings; or
  2. Satisfactory completion of AVTEC’s RFPNW course plus a minimum of two months approved seagoing service (completed within 12 months of the class): performing bridge watch keeping duties under the supervision of the master or OICNW. NMC Policy letter 14-02 contains additional guidance on this topic.  The AVTEC RFPNW course completion certificate will not be issued until satisfactory evidence of the approved seagoing service has been submitted to AVTEC.

Prerequisite: AB Endorsement and completion of BST

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Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) Assessments

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one day

Any applicant successfully completing the Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch Assessments course, including all practical assessments will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-3(c) and Section A-II/4, paragraph 3 and Table A-II/4 of the STCW Code.

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Seafood Processor Orientation and Safety Course

Eight days
Contact the Admissions Office for training cost & dates

Students are given an overview of life and safe working practices aboard factory trawlers working in Alaska waters.  Topics include chain of command, vessel lay-out, terminology, quality assurance, processing techniques and equipment, first aid and CPR, fire fighting, and the use of survival equipment. This course is a prerequisite for employment by certain seafood companies.

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Tankship – Dangerous Liquids (P.I.C.)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one week

This course is designed to provide mariners with the knowledge, skills and practical abilities to safely conduct marine petroleum operations consistent with the Tankerman (PIC) Endorsement and will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 13.209, 13.309k, 13.409 or 13.509 for a tankerman endorsement; AND the tanker familiarization, oil tanker training requirements of paragraphs 1-21 of Section A-V/1 of the STCW Code.  This course also satisfies the training requirements of 46 CFR 10.227(d)(8)(C) for renewal of a merchant mariner credential endorsed as Tankerman PIC Dangerous Liquids.

This course is principally intended for Merchant Mariners Document (MMD) candidates seeking an endorsement as Tankerman/PIC(DL).  Before entering the course, trainees should have completed a USCG approved Basic Firefighting Course (the USCG will require Basic Firefighting within five years of the candidate's application for MMD endorsement). Students will also need to accomplish the loads and discharges required by the Coast Guard prior to receiving the Tankerman (PIC) Endorsement from the Coast Guard. Candidates must be capable of speaking and understanding, in English, all instructions needed to commence, conduct, and complete a transfer of cargo, and be capable of reading the English found in the Declaration of Inspection, vessel response plans, and Cargo Information Cards.  Candidates must be at least 18 years old.

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Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one day

This course prepares students for assignment to designated Security Duties on a vessel. Successful completion of this course satisfies the requirements for security-related training, Paragraphs 6-8 of Section A-VI/6 and Table A-VI/6-2 of the STCW Code, as amended; and will satisfy the training requirements of 33 CFR 104.220.

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Visual Communications/Flashing Light (Assessments Only)

U.S. Coast Guard and STCW 95 Approved Class - one day

 AVTEC administers the Flashing Light/Visual Communications exam only and does not provide a course.  The paragraph below is from the Code of Federal Regulations that states "Any applicant completing this course..." etc.  The exam provided by AVTEC satisfies the course outcome stated below. AVTEC recommends that before taking the exam, the applicant should become familiar with the International Code of Signals, Publication 102.   For further questions, you may contact Terry Federer ( terry.federer@avtec.edu) at 907-224-6196.

From the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Any applicant completing this course satisfies the practical signaling examination requirements of 46 (FLASHING LIGHT) 46 CFR 11.401(h) if presented within one year of the completion of training; AND will be considered to have successfully demonstrated the equivalent of assessment OICNW-4-1A from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present a completed “Control Sheet” for this assessment in application for STCW certification.

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Online Training

If you find yourself wishing that you’d rather not spend your vacation away at school, distance learning is for you! If you wish classes started at 2pm instead of 8am, AVTEC Maritime is online - for you. If you like to learn at your own pace but still have interaction with a real-live maritime instructor, try our distance courses.

At the Alaska Maritime Training Center we realize mariners have a busy schedule and that’s why we are developing quality online courses that are Coast Guard approved. You can get all the professional training without the hassle. Our current distance courses are listed below, stay tuned for more. Avtec Maritime is online and growing!

Mariners Learning System

The Alaska Maritime Training Center has a partnership with the Maritime Learning System to provide mariners with online training for entry level USCG Licenses, endorsements and renewals.

For more information click here.

Maritime Learning System

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Introduction to Nautical Skills

Introduction to Nautical Skills is a 12-week class for high school juniors and seniors. It is taught by licensed captains from AVTEC’s Maritime Training Center and is designed to introduce students to the maritime industry, providing them with a basis for working in a boating occupation. Subjects covered in this course include vessel terminology, safety, communications at sea, plotting your location with latitude and longitude, laying out a course line, time/distance/speed problems, knots and hitches, getting a job on a boat, and more (if you have questions on course content call Captain L.A. Holmes 224.6195)

Live class sessions are held once a week via Video Teleconference (VTC). Students will need another two - four hours a week at school with access to a computer in order to complete the online assignments.

Each student needs an on-site mentor who will oversee the VTC equipment and the assist the student as necessary. Students are also required to have a materials kit which will be used to participate in the live class and to do their homework.

 See our Online Application for more details.

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Additional AVTEC Maritime Courses

Master/Mate 500 and 1600 Ton NC Prep Class

Two Weeks

The 500/1600 Ton Master/Mate License Preparation Course is perfectly suited for 100 Ton Masters and/or Able Seaman with qualifying sea service on appropriate tonnage vessels to take the next step in his or her maritime career. For many mariners it is easier to acquire a 500/1600 Master than it is to acquire 200 Master. Many of the classes offered in this package program are required by the USCG and STCW 95 before an applicant will be approved for testing. Once a mariner has successfully completed all the required course work it would be appropriate to submit their application to the USCG and enroll in a license prep class.

AVTEC’s License Prep Courses is set up in two stages. The first stage is student enrollment in the nine week Master/Mate Not More Than 200 Ton Course. This is ideal for mariners that think they need a refresher on all maritime topics concerning maritime officers. Completion of this course also earns applicants Able Bodied Seaman credentials, which are required for issuance of upper level licenses. This first stage is not necessary for mariners that feel comfortable with the basics of navigation, rules of the road, deck general, deck safety, and navigation general. Tuition for nine week course is $1650 (not including fees, meals and housing).

The second stage is a two week intensive course that focuses on topics directly related to 500/1600 ton master near coastal and above. These students should already have a basic maritime foundation and USCG testing skills. This stage is appropriate to limited licenses, and would help those acquiring unlimited licenses as well. The tuition for the two week course is $900 (not including fees, meals, and housing). We recommend interested mariners contact AVTEC personal to discuss which courses would be most appropriate.

Call AVTEC Maritime for more details: 907-224-6165

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FCC Marine Radio Operators Permit Examination

One day by Appointment

DDE License Prep

Two Weeks

A 2 week license prep class to prepare an applicant to for the USCG Designated Duty Engineer examination.

Prerequisites: QMED Rating. Call AVTEC Maritime for more information 907-224-6195.

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