A Master license is required if you operate “inspected” vessels. Inspected vessels are allowed to carry more than 6 passengers. To become Inspected, the vessel must be built in accordance with rigid USCG Commercial Vessel Inspection standards.
Requirements For All Original Licenses
Physical taken within 12 months
Approved drug test taken within 6 months
Approved CPR and First Aid taken within 12 months
Requirements For Master License
Master of Vessels on Not More Than 100 Gross Registered Tons
90 days service in the last 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage.
Near Coastal: 720 days of service steam, motor, or auxiliary sail vessels on ocean or near coastal waters (360 days inland is acceptable)
Great Lakes and Inland: 360 days service steam, motor, sail/aux. sail vessels including 90 days on Great Lakes waters
Inland: 360 days service steam, motor, aux. sail vessels on any waters
Rivers: 360 days service steam, motor, aux. sail vessels on any waters
Sailing Endorsement: Must submit evidence of 360 days of service on sail or auxiliary sail vessels (service obtained before license OK).
Towing Endorsement: Must request and pass towing endorsement examination or complete course.
All USCG licenses must be renewed every 5 years. No written exams are required. You will need a renewal application, a physical and an approved drug test.
Upgrade OUPV to Master 100 GRT Near Coastal & Inland: 24 Hour (3 Day) GLFCMA - 535 $189.00
The USCG Masters License allows the holder to operate inspected vessels as well as uninspected vessels. Any vessel that is certified (authorized) by the USCG to carry more than 6 paying passengers plus crew must have a Captain who holds a Masters license. Ferry boats, harbor tours boats, whale watch boats are examples of inspected vessels.
Upon completion of our 24 hour course, the student receives a certificate which, with the complete application, may be submitted for the Master level license. The tonnage rating will be determined by the USCG for 25 GT, 50 GT, or 100 GT depending upon the individual's experience on similar sized vessels in most recent three years.
What are the USCG Requirements for the Masters License?
There are 4 different Masters Licenses a mariner may qualify for such as the Master Inland or Master Near Coastal. Both the amount of sea service time and the size vessels you have been on will influence the license you are eligible for. Masters licenses are tonnage rated at 25 GT (gross tons), 50 GT, or 100 GT. The tonnage you are awarded is determined by the size vessels you've gained experience on in the last 3 years – it's called "recency experience." You are not required to advance through the different licenses one at a time. If you meet the USCG requirements for the master 100GT Near Coastal, you'll get that license as your first license. The 4 types of up to 100GT Masters licenses are listed below along with the requirements:
Recency – 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels. Experience gained in the engine department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may be creditable for up to 90 days of the service requirements
MASTER LESS THAN 100 GRT - 720 days of service in the deck department on Ocean, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters, OF WHICH:
Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 360 days of the total required service. NOTE: Any service towards an OC, NC or STCW endorsement will be credited as follows:
Service on GL will be credited day for day.
Service on inland waters, other than GL, may substitute for up to 50% of the total required service.
Service on vessels to which STCW applies (inland or NC) will be credited day for day.
100 GRT – 180 days (25%) of service on vessels of 51 GRT or above, OR 360 days of service on vessels of 34 GRT or above.
50 GRT – 180 days (25%) of service on vessels of 26 GRT or above, OR 360 days (50%) of service on vessels of 17 GRT or above.
25 GRT – 541days (75%) or more for endorsement on vessels 5 GRT or less OR 180 days (25%) or more on vessels 6-25 GRT, OR
360 days (50%) or more on vessels 1-16 GRT (If mariner does not meet the tonnage calculation for 50 GRT or more he or she is eligible for 25 GRT)