Freshman Students Start Here:

Freshman Credentialing:  Every MMA license-track student must apply for a cadet Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) in their first semester.  Applying for the credential bearing the cadet deck/engine endorsement is a pre-requisite for commercial shipping.

TWIC - Transportation Worker's Identification Credential is the official first step to applying for your cadet credential.  TWIC is a security initiative sponsored by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The purpose of the initiative is to prevent hostile acts from disrupting the commerce of US port and transportation facilities.  The TWIC process is essentially a stringent security check meant to determine if an individual poses a threat to those facilities.  Therefore, anyone needing unescorted access to a transportation facility of any kind needs to obtain  a TWIC.  The TWIC process takes 4 weeks or more so plan accordingly. 

Refer to the instructions provided: How to Get a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

Cadet MMC:  To obatin your credential, refer to the Cadet MMC - Deck/Engine webpage for forms, instructions to complete the forms, required personal documents and Pay.Gov instructions.

Freshman Training:
Basic Safety Training is an STCW/Licensing requirement completed during orientation and fall of freshman year for all Marine Engineers and Marine Transportation students.  All components must be successfully completed.  Refer to details Basic Training Information

VPDSD:  Vessel Security for Persons with Designated Security Duties:  VPDSD Training is a 10-hour course, 2 day training offered twice in the fall and spring at MMA.   This is the mid-level of security training for persons who will be assigned to do various security duties such as standing a gangway watch. You do not need Vessel Security Awareness if you have VPDSD.  You will receive a certificate of completion for this class, which is a 10-hour course, Friday/Saturday.  You must register for your preferred date in Self Service; attend the complete 10-hour training and pass the test in one weekend to receive your certificate of completion.  Vessel Security for Persons with Designated Security Duties is a requirement for all MENG & MTRA to complete to obtain your MMC, commercial ship and to graduate.