Certification: National Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman-Limited

100 Forbes Drive Martinsburg, WV 25404-7120

Lifeboatman (LBMAN) is an entry-level certification. A Lifeboatman is a person with a Merchant Marine Document (MMD) with one year of experience at sea in the deck department, two years' experience in any other department on vessels greater than 100 gross tons, or who has completed a USCG approved course and 3 months of sea experience may take written and practical exams to be endorsed with the qualified rating of Lifeboatman.

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.