U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s Licensing Course

USCG LicenseOCC offers courses designed to enable qualified students to receive a US Coast Guard license. Our Master/Mate and OUPV courses are structured for students wishing to pursue a professional career or part time work in commercial boating operations, including carrying passengers for hire, and for recreational boaters wishing to increase both knowledge and skills. Click on the links below, or scroll down, to learn more.

Courses Offered

  • Operator of Un-inspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
  • Near Coastal or Inland Master/Mate License (not in excess of 100 tons)
  • Near Coastal or Inland License with Sail Option
  •  For information regarding 200 and 500 Gross Ton licenses, call OCC at (949) 645-9412

Course Structure

Designed by Mereled Keys, one of California’s leading maritime instructors, the course structure ensures that students learn the subject matter, not just the answers to pass the test. These comprehensive courses offer the following:

  • Students are provided with an official copy of the Navigation Rules, required charts, a Workbook and Study Guide, exercises, quizzes, and other study materials
  • All the training required for either the Master/Mate or OUPV licenses, including Navigation Rules, general navigation, piloting and plotting, use of reference publications, deck operations, deck safety, and assistance towing
  • Courses help position our program and students to meet new international requirements
  • You test for your license at OCC

Text and Materials

The price of the course includes an official copy of the Navigation Rules, required charts, a workbook and study guide, exercises, quizzes and other study materials. Students will be responsible for providing additional books, plotting tools, and materials required for the class.


There are no formal prerequisites for taking these courses though this is not a beginner’s class, and completion of Navigation I and II or equivalent experience is strongly recommended.

Students who want to obtain a USCG license should also have the following:

  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid card
  • A minimum of 360 underway days as skipper or crew (720 days for Master/Mate)
  • US Citizenship
  • An original Social Security card
  • A physical exam and and a drug screen

Learn more about USCG Licensing Requirements:

USCG logo
National Maritime Center (NMC)
Licensing Applications & Forms


Early registration is strongly advised. This will allow students to receive individualized assistance in preparing their USCG license application and related documentation before classes start.

Please contact the School at (949) 645-9412 for information on the requirements of a Coast Guard license, prequalification screening, and future schedules.

USCG License Renewal

Don’t get caught with an expired license. Assistance with your USCG renewal is available by appointment. We can help with your application, documenting sea service, documentation of alternative service, tutoring on Coast Guard renewal tests, and/or pre-submittal scoring of the tests.


  • $1150     Inland or Near Coastal  Master/Mate not in excess of 100 tons (84 hours)
  • $1150     OUPV  (67 hours)
  • $100       Master/Mate Sail Vessel Option (4 hours)
  • $75/hr     License Renewal: One hour minimum; by appointment only