What is a TWIC card and how do I apply for one?

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as TWIC®, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime facilities and vessels. You will need this when you submit your Course certificate to the National Maritime Center for your License.

You can obtain your TWIC here.  https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic


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How much on the water time must I have to qualify for the different types of licenses?

OUPV INLAND (6 PACK) = Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel A minimum of 360 days on the water experience from age 16 years to present is required. 90 of those 360 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a power or sail vessel over 16 feet in length.

OUPV NEAR COASTAL (6 PAK) = Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (These requirements are the same as those for the Master Inland/OUPV Near Coastal Endorsement License) A minimum of 360 days on the water experience from age 16 years to present is required. 90 of those 360 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a power or sail vessel over 16 feet in length. Also, 90 of those 360 days must be on waters outside the boundary lines established by the US Coast Guard.

MASTER INLAND (25, 50 OR 100 GROSS TONS) A minimum of 360 days on the water experience from age 16 years to present is required. 90 of those 360 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a power or sail vessel over 16 feet in length.

MASTER INLAND (25, 50 OR 100 GROSS TON) / OUPV ENDORSEMENT (These requirements are the same as those of the OUPV Near Coastal License) A minimum of 360 days on the water experience from age 16 years to present is required. 90 of those 360 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a power or sail vessel over 16 feet in length. Also, 90 of those 360 days must be on waters outside the boundary lines established by the US Coast Guard.

MASTER INLAND (25, 50 OR 100 GROSS TON) / MATE NEAR COASTAL ENDORSEMENT A minimum of 360 days on the water experience from age 16 years to present is required. 90 of those 360 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a power or sail vessel over 16 feet in length. Also, 180 of those 360 days must be on waters outside the boundary lines established by the US Coast Guard.

MASTER NEAR COASTAL (25, 50 OR 100 TON) A minimum of 720 days on the water experience from age 16 to present is required. 90 of those 720 days must be within the most recent 3 years on a similar size vessel to the license you are applying for. Also, 360 days of those 720 days must be on waters outside the boundary lines established by the US Coast Guard

How do I prove my time on the water to meet the US Coast Guard requirements?

Most recreational boaters do not maintain log books, so the Sea Service forms which are included in the USCG application package must be filled in using the honor system. This form consists of twelve boxes, one for each month of the year. Starting with the most recent year, you fill in the number of days you can best recall being on the water and then go backward in time to the age of 16 years old, or until the sea time requirements have been met. This time is then supported by proof of ownership of the vessel, if you are claiming time on your own boat. If you claim time on someone else's boat, then they must sign your sea service form.

Proof of ownership may include such documents as: registration papers, documentation papers, insurance papers, or bills of sale. Pictures are not considered acceptable. To claim your time the vessels should be greater than sixteen (16) feet in length.

What are the hours for the OUPV program?

The OUPV (6 pack) course is a 56 hour program and the test date is typically scheduled on a Sunday 2 weeks following course completion. We offer several different formats for our course curriculum. Some classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Other classes are held on Thursday evenings, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We also offer compressed courses which begin on Monday and run through Sunday. Classes that are held in the evenings begin promptly at 6:00 pm and finish at 10:00 pm. Daytime classes begin promptly at 8:30 am and finish at 5:30 pm. To see the actual class dates please refer to our website schedule.