Monday, December 10, 2018

Get Your Captain's License

USCG Approved Captain's License Program

The Captain School USVI has a proven method of instruction and has graduated over 8,000 students to date from our program allowing mariners to apply for a Captain's License or what is now called USCG Merchant Mariner's Credential.  After completing our approved courses, mariners are given the Coast Guard Exams at our facilities so no further testing by the Coast Guard is required.

The mission of The Captain School USVI is to provide a quality educational experience in the classroom through demonstrations of practical competencies at entry and operational levels. USCG approved course offerings include: OUPV, Upgrade to Master, Sailing, Towing, STCW Basic Safety Training, Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting, Bridge Resource Management, Medical Care Provider, Leadership & Management (HELM), Crowd Control, Crisis Management and Security Officer-Vessel, Company, and Port Facility, American Heart First Aid / CPR, and EFR First Aid / CPR.

We keep a low student to teacher ratio offering a better opportunity for one on one interaction with the students. The curriculum is supported by a cadre of qualified instructors approved by the US Coast Guard who bring a wealth of practical experience to the educational environment.

The Captain School was established in St.Thomas USVI in 1994, and taught its first US Coast Guard approved course in the United States in 2000 after a two year review by the Coast Guard.

Many of the students at the Captain School USVI are employed or will be employed in the thriving charter boat industry as well as the many ferrys and fishing boats that ply our waters.  

Call or email for a personal interview regarding your training and career goals in the Marine industry.

We will give you the best course to follow to realize your dreams on the oceans of the world.

The Captain's Consortium Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

The Captain School USVI also operates the only fully Coast Guard compliant drug and alcohol testing consortium in the Virgin Islands.  The Captain's Consortium will assist Marine Employers and mariners with all of their drug and alcohol testing needs.  We can provide all aspects of the DOT and CG requirements such as pre-employment testing, random testing, incident testing for both alcohol and drugs, reporting, record keeping and consulting.  We are members of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and have completed courses including Advanced Drug and Alcohol Testing Management and Certified Collector Training.

All of our testing is conducted in a professional manner by DOT certified collectors in a clean and safe facility to ensure that donors have the utmost confidence in the testing procedure.  All samples are sent to Quest Diagnostic Labs which is a national certified SAMSHA laboratory and results are read by an independent licensed Medical Review Officer (MRO).

For more information or to become a member, please contact our office at (340)775-2278


Upcoming Classes



22-Nov 3 OUPV Captains License (Nights / Weekend) $800

22-26 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

October St. Croix

15-25 OUPV Captains License ST. CROIX $900 

24-28 Upgrade To Master  ST. CROIX  $400

29 Sail / Tow Endorsements  ST. CROIX 


26-30 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200


1-3 Vessel Security Officer (3 Days) $900

4-8 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

January 2019

7-20 OUPV Captains License (Nights / Weekend) $800 

21-25 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

21-25 Upgrade To Master (5 Nights) $300

26 Sail / Tow Endorsements (8-12) (1-5) $125

(More Dates Coming Soon)

Dates Subject to Change

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Training Flow Chart

Certifications Required for Crew-

Working on 6 passenger boats in the USVI

-CPR & First Aid

-Random Drug Testing Program

-add TWIC (from TSA) if entering secure port areas in US & BVI

Working on 6-121 Passenger Boats in the BVI

-add: STCW Basic Training

Working On Vessels with more than 12 passengers in BVI

-add: STCW Crowd Managment

-add TWIC (from TSA)

Additional: Helpful but not required by Law

-STCW Crisis Management

This information is not intended to answer all questions regrading licensing- use it as a guide only- information subject to change. Call for a personal consultation 340-775-2278

Certifications Required for Captains-

Operating 6 passenger boats in the USVI

-USCG OUPV Near Coastal License

-CPR & First Aid

-Random Drug Testing Program

-FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit

-TWIC Card (

Operating 6 Passenger Boats in the BVI

-Add: Master Upgrade to 50 or 100 Gross Ton Master Near Coastal

-add: STCW Basic Training

-add: BVI Boatmaster License (from BVI Shipping)

-add: STCW II/3 Endorsement on License 

Operating Vessels with more than 12 passengers in BVI

Same as above and

-add: STCW Crowd Managment

-add: STCW Crisis Management

-add: Vessel Security Officer

This information is not intended to answer all questions regrading licensing- use it as a guide only- information subject to change. Call for a personal consultation 340-775-2278