Deck License Renewal (Digital Edition)

Masters License Course

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.

$175

This edition includes online and on demand access to 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 Digital Online Study Guide

  • Navigational Rules of the Road

MLS iVideo Training Series

  • Navigational Rules of the Road

Course Overview

This course is for the licensed Boat Captain who does not have the required 360 days of sea service in the last 5 years to renew their license.

Course Subjects Include:

  • Navigational Rules of the Road
  • Deck Safety
  • Deck General

Authorization

This course covers Deck License Renewal for OUPV and Masters of not more than 100-Ton for operation in the Great Lakes, Inland and Near Coastal waters. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate that will be accepted in lieu of the standard Coast Guard examination!

License Operating Area

Based on the geographical area of your original sea service experience, this license can be renewed for "Great Lakes" waters, "Inland" waters or "Near Coastal" waters.

Sea Service

By completing this course a licensed mariner is not required to meet the Coast Guard 360 day sea service requirement necessary to renew their license.

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 20 90% 2 wrong
Deck General/Safety 10 90% 1 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 four Exam Modules.

License Requirements

To renew your OUPV/Master Deck License you must be able to show 360 days (one year) of sea service during the past five years. This must be verified by completing the Small Vessel Sea Service Form or by providing a letter from a vessel owner/company verifying your sea service. Many Boat Captains find themselves nearing renewal but for various reasons cannot meet the Coast Guards one year service requirement.

An alternative to meeting the one year sea service requirement is to take the Mariners Learning System™Deck License Renewal Course. Upon completion of the MLS online course, you take our final Proctored Exam after which a Certificate of Completion will be issued. The U.S. Coast Guard will accept this certificate in lieu of meeting the time requirement.

Additional Requirements include:

Lesson Plan

Module I - Navigation Rules of the Road

  • Part A – General
  • Section I – Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility
  • Section II – Conduct of Vessels in Any Condition of Visibility
  • Section III – Conduct of Vessels in Restricted Visibility
  • Part C – Lights and Shapes
  • Part D – Sound and Light Signals
  • Differences between International and U.S. Inland Rules of the Road

Module II - Deck Safety

  • Fire Fighting
  • Marine Engine Operations
  • Marine Radiotelephone
  • Lifesaving Equipment
  • Pollution Prevention

Module III - Deck General

  • Basic Seamanship
  • Characteristics of Weather systems
  • Ship Handling
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Maritime Law

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