Apprentice Mate (Steersman)

The towing license has three levels or ratings (Apprentice Mate, Mate, Master) with designations like other license, i.e. Oceans, Near Coastal, Great Lakes & Inland, Western, and also Limited to certain routes and harbors. A mariner can apply for Apprentice Mate (Steersman) with 18 months sea time (assumes that at least 12 of the 18 months are on a towing vessel). Advancement to Mate (Pilot), and then Master is based on sea time and TOAR (Towing Officer Assessment Record).

A team of professional licensed mariners teaches the 15-day Apprentice Mate (Steersman) course. This course combines formal classroom training, hands-on and computer study.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate confirming that they have satisfied the following USCG requirement(s):


Registering is easy with courses offered on a regular basis. Call (800) 444-3926 and speak to Joyce Geraghty to discuss your requirements, our class availability and pricing.

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