Mariner Credentialing

The Mariner Credentialing (MC) Department oversees the licensing of students in the Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation undergraduate programs. The MC Department ensures that students seeking a license properly implement the policies established by the USCG from orientation through license issuance. Students in license-bearing programs must attend training and exhibit competence in many areas such as medical first aid, firefighting, security, and survival craft.

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.

This office serves currently enrolled students (undergraduates in our degree programs).  Graduates of Massachusetts Maritime Academy or members of the general public interested in renewing certificates or professional development courses will find information offered through the Center for Maritime Professional Training

Career information regarding licensing and credentials is available to non-student mariners at the U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center website (

For students enrolled in the Massachusetts Maritime Academy's Marine Transporation or Marine Engineering programs, follow these links for more information on credentialing and training.

Students Start Here: The Licensing Process        National Maritime Center Website

CDR Marie Huhnke
Director, Mariner Credentialing
Harrington Hall, Room 204-B
Make Appointment with CDR Huhnke
Ms. Lisa Cervantes
Administrative Assistant
Harrington Hall, Room 204-B
508-830-5000 extension 2024
Make Appointment with Ms. Cervantes
LT Geoffrey White
Staff Assistant
Harrington Hall, Room 204-B
508-830-5000 extension 2045
LT Earl Mayhofer
Assistant Director, STCW Compliance
Harrington Hall, Room 305-B
LT Andrew Perron
Staff Assistant
Bresnahan Hall, Room 131 (SeaLab)
LT Edward Vacha
Staff Assistant
Harrington Hall, Room 305-B
508-830-5000 extension 2045





Students Holding Firehose