OUPV Upgrade to 25/50/100 Ton Master (Deluxe Edition)

Masters License Course

The 25/50/100 Ton Master License is required to carry seven or more passengers on an inspected passenger vessel. In order to carry seven or more passengers "under sail," a Sailing Endorsement is also required.

Mariners Learning System™ has developed an intuitive learning approach that's direct, clear, and effective. By providing a methodical, well-organized program of professionally produced, on-demand lectures, videos, and companion materials, our students are able to absorb and retain what they have learned.

$325


This edition includes one complete set of the following training materials:

One year's access to our award-winning Internet based narrated lecture and interactive learning system. Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. In the rare event that an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

MLS Study Guides

  • Seamanship for the Mariner
  • Maritime Law – Inspected Passenger Vessels

Course Overview

This course is for those who wish to upgrade their existing OUPV License (Six-pack) to a 25-ton, 50-ton, or 100-ton Master Captain's License . The Master's License is required to operate an inspected vessel that carries seven or more paying passengers. In order to carry seven or more passengers "under sail," a Sailing Endorsement is also required.

Course Subjects Include:

  • Seamanship
  • Boat Characteristics
  • Fire Prevention and Appliances
  • General Navigation
  • Lifesaving and Survival at Sea

Authorization

This course satisfies the examination requirement for the 25-ton, 50-ton or 100-ton Master License. The tonnage level of a Master's license issued will be based on the size vessel on which you have your sea service experience. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate that will be accepted in lieu of the standard Coast Guard examination!

Sea Service

For this license, a day of sea service is defined as at least 4 hours underway on any given calendar day and can be counted back to your 15th birthday. You do not have to know the exact dates - just the number of days each year.

License Operating Area

This license can be issued for the Great Lakes, U.S. Inland Waters or U.S. Near Coastal waters (depending on where you gained your experience).

Instructors

Included with each Mariners Learning System™ course is 24/7 access to our online instructors. Each instructor is a USCG Licensed Master that has gone through a rigorous approval process meeting the standards of the United States Coast Guard to become a certified instructor. They bring a level of knowledge, experience, and professionalism that adds to the total learning process. In the rare event than an online instructor cannot answer your question, toll free telephone support with one of our Staff Instructors will be provided.

Testing

Once the student completes the course quizzes and online Module Exam they make an appointment to take their final proctored exam with Mariners Learning System™. No testing at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers. The grading standards are:

Exam Modules Number of Questions Minimum Score Required Number of Questions a student can get wrong and still pass 
Rules of the Road 30 90% 3 wrong
Plotting 10 70% 3 wrong
Navigation General 20 70% 6 wrong
Deck General 60 70% 18 wrong
Master 25/50/100 Ton 70 70% 21 wrong

The student must pass all modules to receive a certification of completion. If a student fails one or more modules, he or she may retest twice more without delay on the failed modules. Those who do not pass an exam module after three attempts must wait a period of 45 days to retest. The student will be required to complete the entire course prior to being allowed another three attempts at each module. In this case the student must retest and pass all online Exam Modules.

License Requirements

The 25/50/100 Ton Master Upgrade course provides an opportunity for the holder of an OUPV (Captain's) license to raise their grade to a Master-level license. The 25/50/100 Ton Master Upgrade allows the holder to operate inspected vessels as well as uninspected vessels. The 25/50/100 Ton Master License is required by the USCG for any inspected vessel certified to carry more than six paying passengers. Such vessels would include headboats, assistance towboats, large passenger capacity tour boats, etc.

What are the USCG Requirements for the 100 GT Master Upgrade?

There are three different Master Upgrade Licenses for which a mariner may qualify. Both the amount of sea service time and the sizes of the vessels you have been on will influence the license you are eligible to be issued.

Master Upgrades are tonnage-rated at 25 GT, 50 GT, or 100 GT. The tonnage you are awarded is determined by the size vessels you've gained experience on in your lifetime, as limited by the size of vessels with experience on in the last three years. Time served in obtaining your OUPV License may be applied to the requirements for the Master Upgrade requirements.

Master Inland: 360 days underway experience since age 15. Ninety of those 360 days are required in the last three years. Completion of the Mariners Learning System™ USCG-approved Master course and test.

Master Inland/OUPV: 360 days underway experience since age 15. Ninety of those 360 days are required in the last three years, with 90 of those 360 days outside the boundary lines.

Master Near Coastal: 720 days underway experience since age 15. Ninety of those 360 days are required in the last three years, with 360 of those 720 days outside the boundary lines. Completion of the Mariners Learning System™ USCG-approved Master course and test.

Additional Requirements Include:

Lesson Plan

Module I - Seamanship

  • Purchases, Blocks and Tackle
  • Vessel Handling in Rivers and Estuaries
  • Dragging, Clearing Fouled Anchors
  • Maneuvering for Launching of Lifeboats And Lifeboats in Heavy Weather
  • Receiving Survivors from Lifeboats or Lifecrafts
  • Towing Operations

Module II – Boat Characteristics

  • Principles of Ship Construction
  • Trim and Stability

Module III – Fire Prevention and Firefighting Appliances

  • Fire Prevention and Chemistry of Fire
  • Basic Fire Fighting – Extinguishing Agents
  • Organization of Fire Drills
  • Fire Fighting Systems
  • Fire Fighting Equipment and Regulations for T-Boats

Module IV – Ships Business

  • Rules and Regulations for T-Boats
  • Shipment, Discharge and Manning
  • Certificates and Documents Required
  • Load Lines

Module V – Shipboard Management and Training

  • Ship Sanitation
  • Principles of Damage Control Including Vessel Alteration and Repair
  • Shipboard Safety Management

Module VI – Lifesaving

  • Survival at Sea
  • Lifesaving Appliance Regulations and Operations for T-Boats

Test Sites

We currently offer testing in the following states:

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennslyvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

 

 

 


What You Need to Know About Testing...

Mariners Learning System™ has Coast Guard approved testing facilities located throughout the country. Each student wishing to complete one of Mariners Learning System™ Coast Guard approved courses is required to pass a proctored exam to receive a Certificate of Completion. This Certificate of Completion will be accepted by the Coast Guard in lieu of taking one of their exams for licensing purposes. If a student fails one or more modules, he or she may test twice without delay of the failed modules. Those who do not pass an exam module after three attempts must wait a period of 45 days to retest. The student will be required to complete the entire course prior to being allowed another three attempts at each module. In this case the student must retest and pass all exam modules.

To sit for a proctored exam you are required to have a confirmed date and seat in the Mariners Learning System™ proctored exam room. Without this electronic confirmation you will not be permitted to test.

Testing dates/locations close 14 calendar days before the scheduled test date, therefore you must register more than 14 calendar days before the scheduled test date.

Students testing for the first time and also retest students must register via the online registration.Only students who are currently enrolled in a Mariners Learning System™ Course are permitted to register to take a Proctored Exam.

When you arrive to take the proctored exam you will be required to provide the proctor with a copy of the electronic proctored exam enrollment form, a legible copy of your Coast Guard recognized photo identification, and your online final exam completion letter(s). These copies will be retained for our records per USCG requirements. The list of acceptable forms of photo identification includes:

  • U.S. Military identification card
  • U.S. drivers license
  • U.S. Passport
  • Official identification card issued by a State, or local government.
  • Official identification card issued by the Federal Government.
  • Law enforcement credential, with photograph of the applicant, issued by Federal, State or local government
  • Merchant Marine Document issued after February 3, 2003
  • Foreign Passport