Certification: Master Near Coastal

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USCG Master Near Coastal. Candidates must have at least 720 days of boating experience including 360 days offshore and 90 within past 3 years. Candidates must also have an application for license (with Oath done at the Coast Guard), 3 notarized letters of character reference, documentation of sea time experience, proof of vessel ownership, physical exam, drug screen, and First Aid & CPR Certificate from a USCG approved course within the last year. More information can be found on the USCG website.

More than two years of education or training after high school required?
More than two years of work experience required?
Oral or Written Exam Required?
Renewal Required?
Every 5 Year(s)
Renew through Continuing Educational Units(CEU)?
Renew through Re-Examination?
Renew through Continuing Professional Development(CPD)?
Does applicant have choice of at least two options from above for renewal (CEU, CPD, or exam)?


Your local Regional Exam Centers external site (REC) provide valuable resources toward obtaining a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).


The certification has an education level of an Associates of Arts or Associates of Sciences degree or higher and has a work experience requirement of more than 2 years, or requires obtaining a ‘core’ level certification from the same organization.

  • This certification is related to military occupational specialties.