Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Get Your Captain's License (340)775-2278

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,operational, and management levels. USCG approved course offerings include: OUPV, Upgrade to Master, Sailing, Towing, STCW Basic 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. In addition to all of these USCG approved courses, the Captain School USVI can conduct assessments using our state of the art Ship's Bridge Simulator with intergrated Radar, ECDIS, AIS and more. 

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


August 2021

7-11 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

September 2021

13-26 OUPV Captains License  $950

14-16 Vessel Security Officer $1000

28-Oct 1 Upgrade To Master (Nights) $400

October 2021

2 Sail Endorsement($250) 830-12 AM

2 Tow Endorsement ($250) 1-5 PM

8-10 Medical Care Provider  $750

11-24 OUPV Captains License  $950

11-15 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

18-21 Adv Fire Fighting  $900

November 2021

5-10 STCW II/3 Assesments (5-6 Days) $2500

11-15 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

16-19 Upgrade To Master (Nights) $400

20 Sail Endorsement($250) 830-12 AM

20 Tow Endorsement ($250) 1-5 PM

29 Nov-Dec 13 OUPV Captains License  $950

29 Nov- Dec 3 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

December 2021

29 Nov-Dec 13 OUPV Captains License  $950

29 Nov- Dec 3 STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

(More Courses & Dates Coming Soon)

Medical Care Provider (3 Days) $750

STCW Basic Training (5 Days) $1200

OUPV Captains License (Nights / Weekend) $950

Crowd Management (1 Day) $300

Crisis Management (1 Day) $300

Upgrade To Master (Nights) $400

Advanced Fire Fighting (4 Days) $900 

Sail / Tow Endorsements  $200 / $200

STCW II/3 Assesments (7-8 Days) $2500

Dates May Be 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 6-12 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 1-12 Passenger Boats in the BVI

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

-add: STCW Basic Training

-add: STCW Advanced Fire Fighting

-add: STCW Medical Care Provider

-add: STCW Proficency in Survival Craft (Limited)

-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