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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Professional Qualification Evaluation Branch (PQEB) determines an applicant’s professional qualifications such as sea service, training, and experience. Once this evaluation is complete and all requirements are met, the mariner may either proceed to take tests or be issued a Merchant Mariner Credential.

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  • Sea Service
  • Military Service
  • STCW Assessments
  • TOARs
  • Courses
  • Exams

Military Service Requirements

Military sea service is evaluated in accordance with 46 Code of Federal Regulations 10.232 and Marine Safety Manual Vol III, Part A, Chapter II.

  • Vessel name
  • GRT or displacement tonnage
  • Propulsion Power
  • Dates assigned to the vessel
  • Position served (BMC, SK1, LT, etc.)
  • Propulsion Power

Click on the following to learn more:

Crediting Military Sea Service Officers
Training and Exams Reasons For Delay
Enlisted Personnel Recency

STCW Assessment Requirements

STCW assessments are evaluated in the Professional Evaluations stage of processing. The drop down below provides Assessment packages for various endorsements that includes ONLY the assessments/control sheets needed to obtain that endorsement and a list of helpful hints.

 

The following can ONLY be used up to December 31st, 2016, IF a mariner’s service started prior to March 24th, 2014:

**NEW ASSESSMENT PACKAGES BASED OFF NEW NVIC PUBLICATION COMING SOON**

If you need to view the Policy Letter or National Vessel Inspection Circular in full, please click on the following:

Towing Officer Assessment Record (T.O.A.R.) Requirements

T.O.A.R.s are evaluated in the Professional Evaluations stage of processing. The drop down below provides Assessment packages for various towing routes that includes ONLY the assessments needed to obtain that endorsement and a list of helpful hints.

 

The following can ONLY be used up to December 31st, 2016. IF a mariner's service started prior to March 24th, 2014:

 

**NEW ASSESSMENT PACKAGES BASED OFF NEW NVIC PUBLICATION COMING SOON**

If you need to view the Policy Letter or National Vessel Inspection Circular in full, please click on the following:

Course Requirements

An approved course satisfies regulatory requirements and in some cases substitutes for a examination or a portion of a service requirement. The Professional Qualifications Branch reviews course completion certificates to determine applicability.  When submitting a course completion certificate, you do not need to submit the original. However, the copy must be legible. Some course providers use MTAD to submit course completion certificates.

Please ensure the following when submitting a course completion certificate:

  • Your name is spelled correctly on the certificate.
  • The course completion date is correct.
  • The course completion date is within listed CFR standards.
  • The course is Coast Guard approved.
  • The course is appropriate for the credential for which you are applying.

Please visit our Approval List for a complete listing of approved courses.

Exam Requirements

In accordance with 46 Code of Federal Regulations (46 CFR Part 10), a professional examination is conducted for applicants of original issues, raises of grade, modifications (increases in scope), and renewals. Once it is determined that a credential’s requirements have been met, an “Approval to Test” letter is mailed by the evaluator to the applicant.  Also, there will be an e-mail indicating that the mariner is approved to test for his/her credential (if an e-mail address was included with the application).  The letter must be in hand prior to scheduling the examinations; the e-mail will not be accepted to schedule exams.

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There are two basic types of "Approval to Test" letters. Click on each of the following links to see samples:

Once you have completed testing, the examiner will contact the evaluator and your credential will be issued.

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