Mariner Credentialing Department

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping


The Mariner Credentialing Department features the office of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW). The STCW Licensing Office ensures that the policies established by the USCG are implemented and followed through by students in the Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation undergraduate programs. Students in each program must exhibit competence in the areas of medical first aid, firefighting, survival craft and rescue boats.  The Mariner Credentialing Department serves students enrolled in the Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering undergraduate programs at MMA.  

The students' records in the areas of the required competencies are tracked and maintained to ensure that the license candidate can qualify to test for his/her third assistant engineer (engineering officer) or third mate (deck officer) exam administered by the USCG first class year in order to obtain their license as a merchant marine officer.

The MC office serves currently enrolled students and graduates of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  Professional mariners and non-student mariners requiring USCG approved courses for renewals or upgrades can contact the Center for Maritime Professional Training  located at MMA.  Career information regarding licensing and renewals can also be found at the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center website (