US Coast Guard License Exam Prep Course

For Master/Mate (near Coastal or Inland Waters), or Operator, Un-inspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV)

Our Master/Mate and OUPV courses are designed for power and sail boaters, commercial operators and yachtsmen wishing to pursue either a professional career, or part-time work in commercial vessel operations, including carrying passengers for hire, and recreational boaters wishing to increase both knowledge and skills.

This course provides an intensive curriculum designed to review and reinforce skills and knowledge needed to obtain a USCG license. Course subjects will include general seamanship, Navigation Rules, Coastal Piloting and Plotting, weather, tides and currents, use of reference publications, deck operations, and safety.  Assistance towing is always included as part of our license training.

Students are provided with an official copy of the Navigation Rules, required training charts, a student workbook and study guide, quizzes, exercises, and other materials.

The 2021 USCG License Exam Prep Course is offered in a 5-week format with class meeting three evenings and Saturday each week. Each course is intensive and fast paced. License candidates must be able to attend all classes and have ample time to study between class meetings.

The U.S.C.G exam is administered at the end of each course.

Guide to the USCG Licensing process


An in-person registration appointment is required to register and early registration is advised.  Register 30 or more days before class start and save $100.  Min 6-Max 16 students.

To request an appointment email Kara Houston –

License Requirements

  1. Documented Sea time – A minimum of 360 underway days as paid or volunteer skipper or crew for Master Inland/Mate Near-Coastal and OUPV (720 days for Master Near-Coastal).
  2. TWIC Card
  3. Proof of US Citizenship
  4. An original Social Security Card
  5. Current First Aid and CPR certification. See the USCG website for recognized cards or sign up for our Red Cross course
  6. A physical exam and a drug screen (details provided at registration).

For more information call The School Office at 949-645-9412 or email Kara Houston –