MOS 88K Watercraft Operator

MOS Description

The watercraft operator performs mariner duties and supervises other personnel on Army watercraft and amphibians. For more information on MOS 88K, see this Army website.

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Gap Analysis

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

Click here to go to GMDSS Radio Operator License (DO) COOL training gap analysis page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GMDSS Radio Operator License (DO) is an entry- level license that qualifies the holder to operate and make some basic equipment adjustments to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations and confers the operating authority of the MP. The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft. FCC requires candidates to be a legal resident of the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to National Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman-Limited COOL Snapshot page.

The National Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman-Limited is a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). A Lifeboatman is a mariner who is qualified to take charge of, lower, and operate survival craft and related survival equipment on a vessel. A Lifeboatman-Limited is a mariner who is qualified to take charge of, lower, and operate life rafts, rescue boats, and other survival equipment on vessels where lifeboats are not installed. To obtain the National Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman-Limited credential, applicants must satisfy general MMC requirements and a sea service requirement. Applicants must also pass an exam (by oral or other means) and a practical demonstration. The practical demonstration requirement may be met by completion of an approved course, provided the course includes actual practical demonstration of abilities.
Click here to go to National Mate 200 GL and Inland COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Mate 200 Great Lakes (GL) and Inland officers are in the deck department of a merchant ship and report to the Chief Mate. The mate is a watch keeping officer who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route,  upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. The National Mate 200 GL and Inland officers also administer first aid to the ship's crew and treats minor ailments. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors. There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 200 Great Lakes (GL) and Inland officers are responsible for vessels of less than 200 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. National Master 200 GL and Inland officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 200 Near Coastal (NC) officers are responsible for vessels of less than 200 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 200 NC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to National Able Seaman (A/B) COOL Snapshot page.

The National Able Seaman (A/B) is a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with various categories of rating endorsements. An A/B is a member of the deck department that works as a watchstander and/or day worker and operates the vessel and its deck equipment under Officer supervision. To earn the A/B credential, applicants must be 18 years old, qualify for endorsement as a National Lifeboatman or Lifeboatman-Limited, satisfy general requirements, and satisfy sea service requirements. Applicants must either pass an exam by oral (or other) means that includes a demonstration of ability or complete a Coast Guard-approved course.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Apprentice Mate (Steersman) are enrolled in a mate training program approved by the Coast Guard and may be issued an MMC rating endorsement as apprentice mate and may be signed on a vessel in this capacity. The rating endorsement as apprentice mate may be in addition to other endorsements; however, this endorsement does not authorize the holder to replace any of the regular required crew. Persons holding the endorsement as apprentice mate are deemed to be seamen.
Click here to go to National Master 100 GL and Inland COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 100 Great Lakes (GL) and Inland officers are officers are responsible for the vessel and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. National Master 100 GL and Inland officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 100 Near Coastal (NC) officers are responsible for the vessel and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. National Master 100 NC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master of Towing Oceans (OC), Near Coastal (NC), Great Lakes (GL)-Inland (IN) officers are responsible for vessels of less than 1600 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 500/1600 OC or NC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to National Mate 200 NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Mate 200 Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship less than 200 gross registered tons and reports to the Chief Mate. The mate is a watch keeping officer who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. The National Mate 200 NC officers also administer first aid to the ship's crew and treats minor ailments. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel Less Than 100 GRT COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) Less Than 100 GRT is an officer endorsement for uninspected passenger vessels which by law are limited to six or less passengers for hire. These are usually smaller vessels and that engage in charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises. OUPV Near Coastal endorsements may be limited to 100 miles offshore, Inland or Great Lakes in accordance with 46 CFR 11.467 and the service provided. No OUPV endorsement is valid for International voyages.

Click here to go to STCW - Able Seafarer-Deck COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Able Seafarer-Deck is an STCW Endorsement for National Able Seaman. AB-Deck is a member of the deck department that works as a watchstander and/or day worker and operates the vessel and its deck equipment under Officer supervision.
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The STCW - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Radio Operator is an endorsement that is required to hold a position onboard a vessel with a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. A GMDSS Radio Operator's License issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not required for issuance of STCW but is required for employment as a GMDSS Operator.  

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW II/3 - Master Less Than 500 GT Limited Near Coastal (NC) Management Level are responsible for vessels of less than 200 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The STCW II/3 - Master Less Than 500 GT Limited Near Coastal (NC) Management Level set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) is a member of the deck department that works as a watchstander and/or day worker and operates the vessel and its deck equipment under Officer supervision. To earn the STCW - RFPNW credential, applicants must be 18 years old, qualify for endorsement as a STCW - RFPNW, satisfy general requirements, and satisfy sea service requirements. Applicants must either pass an exam by oral (or other) means that includes a demonstration of ability or complete a Coast Guard-approved course.
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Renewal Period: 5 s

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), STCW - Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) and Security Awareness are endorsements that performs the duties and responsibilities defined in 33CFR104.220. The VPDSD has security responsibilities onboard vessels greater than 500GT.

Click here to go to STCW - PSC, PSC Limited, Fast Rescue Boats COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC), PSC Limited, Fast Rescue Boats is an entry-level certification and a person with a Merchant Marine Document (MMD) with one year of experience at sea in the deck department, two years' experience in any other department on vessels greater than 100 gross tons. They must have also completed a USCG approved course and 3 months of sea experience and taken a written and practical exam.
Click here to go to STCW - Vessel Security Officer (VSO) COOL Snapshot page.

The STCW - Vessel Security Officer (VSO) performs the duties and responsibilities defined in 33CFR104.215. VSO’s have knowledge and training in, basic vessel layout and construction, shipboard organization, shipboard safety, protection of the marine environment and familiarity with key definitions, terminology, and operational practices employed in the maritime industry.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) is an intermediate-level technician license. A PG is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. A PG is also required to operate: any compulsory equipped ship radiotelephone station operating with more than 1500 watts of peak envelope power; and voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical (including aircraft) stations with more than 1000 watts of peak envelope power. FCC requires candidates to be a legal resident of the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) certification demonstrates a professional's ability to handle, manage, or advise others on hazardous materials in a safe and compliant manner. A CHMM may work for a corporation, business, government, or in a related field associated with hazardous materials such as environmental protection, safety, hazmat transportation, or security.  Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and four years of relevant work experience.  Candidates must also pass a written exam.

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First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate (T1). A T1 is required only for those who serve as the chief radio operator on a U.S. passenger ship equipped with a radiotelegraph station. It also conveys all of the operating authority of a T2. Candidates must be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States, be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English, be at least 21 years old, and have one year of experience in sending and receiving public correspondence by radiotelegraph at a public coast station, a ship station, or both. Candidates must pass a written examination, which covers the topics of basic radio law and operating practice, radiotelegraph operating procedure, and advanced radiotelegraph. Candidates must also pass a telegraphy examination, which requires candidates to be able to complete 20 code groups per minute, and 25 words per minute. The T1 is issued for a period of five years. These licenses may be renewed at any time within the last ninety days of their term up until five years following expiration without having to re-take an examination. After the five-year grace period expires, applicants must retake the requisite written and/or telegraphy examination(s).
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GMDSS Radio Maintainer License (DM) is a mid-level license that qualifies personnel as GMDSS radio maintainers to perform at sea repair and maintenance of GMDSS equipment. It also confers the operating authority of the General Radiotelephone Opertaor License (PG) and the Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP). The Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment, and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft. FCC requires candidates to be a legal resident of the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) is an intermediate-level communications license for individuals who operate radios on boats and some aircraft. MPs are required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. They are also required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels which carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the United States. In addition, they are also required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations. FCC requires candidates to be a legal resident of the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to National 2nd Mate Unlimited OC or NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The 2nd Mate Unlimited Oceans (OC) and Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the First Mate. The Second mate is a watch keeping officer, who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies such as Third and First Mates. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to National 3rd Mate Unlimited OC or NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The 3rd Mate Unlimited Oceans (OC) and Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the First Mate. The third mate is a watch keeping officer, who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies such as Second and First Mates. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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The United States Department of Transportation (FMCSA), Hazardous Material Endorsement (H) is a credential that may be obtained by individuals who are commercial driver's license (CDL) holders. The Hazardous Material Endorsement (H) permits the professional truck driver to transport hazardous materials (HAZMAT); the endorsement is required to legally transport hazardous material. To earn the Hazardous Material Endorsement (H), candidates are required to be CDL holders, be a U.S. citizen or able to provide proof of legal status in the United States, be of legal age to operate a HAZMAT vehicle, willing to complete the TSA background check and to pass this check plus additional background checks. Candidates must complete a medical screening and pass the written exam.
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The American Sailing Association, Coastal Navigation Standard (ASA 105) credential is a designation for individuals who sail. The ASA 105, Coastal Navigation designation aims to assure that individuals who hold the credential can apply the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. Individuals seeking the ASA 105 credential must pass an exam.
Click here to go to National Master 500/1600 GL and Inland COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 500/1600 Great Lakes and Inland officers are responsible for vessels of less than 1600 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 500/1600 GL and Inland officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to National First Class Pilot COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National First-Class Pilot guide ships in and out of harbors, through straits, and on rivers and other confined waterways and have a familiarity with local water depths, winds, tides, currents, and hazards such as reefs and shoals of prime importance. Pilots serve on the route(s) specified on the endorsement, subject to any limitation of tonnage, type of vessel, route or waters. on river and canal vessels usually are regular crew members, like mates. They allow its holder to serve as pilot Harbor pilots who are generally independent contractors and accompany vessels while they enter or leave port. They may pilot many ships in a single day and report to the Captain or Master. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.  

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to National Master 200 OC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 200 Oceans (OC) officers are responsible for vessels of less than 200 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 200 OC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to National Master 500/1600 OC or NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 500/1600 Oceans (OC) or Near Coastal (NC) officers are responsible for vessels of less than 1600 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 500/1600 OC or NC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Mate 200 Oceans (OC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship less than 200 gross registered tons and reports to the Chief Mate. The mate is a watch keeping officer who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping  navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. Then National Mate 200 OC officers also administer first aid to the ship's crew and treats minor ailments. Mates duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to STCW - GMDSS At-Sea Maintainer COOL Snapshot page.

The STCW - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) At-Sea Maintainer is an STCW endorsement that covers the scope and content of the training outlined in Section B-IV/2 of the STCW Code.  A GMDSS At-Sea Maintainer License issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not required for issuance of STCW but is required for employment as a GMDSS At-Sea Maintainer. 

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), STCW - Advanced Firefighting is an endorsement that demonstrates proficiency in fire-fighting procedures at sea and in port, with emphasis on organization, tactics and command.

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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