The captain of any vessel is a licensed position that is based on vessel operation experience (time) and knowledge. The college can provide the knowledge part to a certain level. Depending on the level of license (tonnage) a person is seeking, reaching that goal may take 5-8 years or more. The typical progression is from seaman to mate then captain. Getting a certificate or degree from the college may open doors to employment within the industry, but a person must realize that he or she will have to work the way up from an entry level position to a captain’s (master) position. There are no shortcuts. A person's prior, unlicensed, ship/boat experience can help with the accumulation of the needed time, depending on its recency . All the requirements for a master's license can be found by clicking here.
Please contact the college's Maritime Science Center at the the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) at 503-338-7962 for detail about the educational opportunities that lead to employment in the maritime industry.