The checklists are updated based upon changes to the federal law and US Coast Guard policies.  The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Policies will help you to understand the requirements for our Merchant Mariner Credentialing Program.

Important Information

Below are the checklists which may be used to help determine professional qualifications needed for various Ratings and Officer Endorsements.  Each checklist covers the following general and professional requirements:

  • TWIC
  • Age
  • Drug Testing
  • Fees
  • Sea Service
  • Examination

National Officer Endorsements (licensed) for Deck


STCW Officer Endorsements (licensed) for Deck


Captains, mates, operators and pilots supervise ship operations on domestic waterways and the high seas. The following are officer endorsements in the deck department:

  • Master means the officer having command of a vessel.
  • Mate means a qualified officer in the deck department other than the master.
  • Operator means an individual qualified to operate certain uninspected vessels.
  • First Class Pilot accompanies vessels while they enter or leave port to ensure safe navigation of entrance and departure.