Marine Professional Training

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, five minutes from Port Everglades, the International Airport, MPT is the most complete full service private maritime school in the country and has been training mariners since 1983. Fort Lauderdale based campuses host over 45,000 square feet of classrooms, deck and engineering training labs, the Ship’s Store, and student service facilities.

In addition to the MPT Main Campus, the training programs also take place at the MPT SMARTTM Simulation Center, Marine Tech Shipboard Firefighting Site, the Sea Survival Training Facility, and the MPT Fleet of Training vessels.

MPT offers all levels of certification, license and document study programs, many of these offer in-school testing and are USCG Approved and recognized by many foreign administrations. The training programs are designed to meet and exceed IMO standards and are STCW Compliant.

MPT client list includes commercial shipping companies, marine corporations, the military, vessel management firms, the world’s best super yachts and thousands of individuals whose word of mouth recommendations are responsible for our success.

Training Programs

Professional Certificates & Licenses

USCG Deck: USCG Deck Licenses and Documents are available for all three levels of STCW

  • Support Level: STCW A-II/4: Qualified Ratings - Rating Forming Part of an Navigation Watch (RFPNW), Able Seaman (AB) | Non Qualified Ratings – (Non STCW): Ordinary Seaman, Food\Handler, Steward etc
  • Operational Level (STCW A-II/1): Mate Limited, Third Mate Unlimited and Second Mate Unlimited
  • Management Level (STCW AII/2): Chief Mate 500grt/1600grt/3000gt ITC/Unlimited and Master 500grt/1600grt/3000gt ITC/Unlimited
  • Management Level (STCW AII/3): Masters under 500gt

USCG Engineering:

  • Qualified Member Of The Engine Department (QMED- STCW A-III/4) : Ratings Available are Oiler, Refrigerating Engineer, Deck Engineer, Fireman / Watertender, Junior Engineer, Electrician, Machinist, and Pumpman
  • Designated Duty Engineer Licenses (DDE - STCW A-III/1)
  • Assistant Limited Engineer Licenses (STCW A-III/1): Assistant up to 1600grt/3000gt ITC
  • Chief Limited Engineer Licenses (STCW A-III/2) : Serve As Chief up to 1600grt/3000gt ITC
  • Operational Licenses (STCW A-III/1 - Third & Second Assistant Engineer): Unlimited Tonnage
  • Management Licenses ((STCW A-III/2 Chief engineer and First Assistant Engineer): Unlimited Tonnage

MCA Deck (Yacht):

  • Yacht Rating (MGN 270): Yacht Rating Certificate covers both Navigational and Engineering watches
  • Yachtmaster Offshore (Certificate of Competency): Offshore - Master of vessels up to 200gt up to 150 miles from safe haven
  • Yachtmaster Oceans (Certificate of Competency): Oceans - Master of vessels up to 200gt unlimited area
  • Optional 200 Ton Command Endorsement: Master 200gt / Officer Of The Watch (Yacht) 500gt (MGN 195)
  • Officer Of The Watch (Yacht) 3000gt (MGN 195): Commercial and private yachts and sail training vessels less than 3000gt - unlimited area
  • Chief Mate (Yacht) 3000gt (MGN 195): Commercial and private yachts and sail training vessels less than 3000gt – unlimited area
  • Master 500gt (Yacht) (MGN 195): Commercial and Private yachts and sail training vessels less than 500gt – unlimited area
  • Master 3000gt (Yacht) (MGN 195): Commercial & private operated yachts and sail training vessels less than 3000gt – unlimited area

MCA Engineering (Yacht):

  • AEC - Approved Engine Course
  • MEOL - Marine Engine Operators License
  • Y4 - Yacht 4 (REG III/3)
  • Y3 - Yacht 3 (REG III/2)
  • Y2 - Yacht 2 (REG III/2)
  • Y1 - Yacht 1 (REG III/2)

Captain's Licenses & Yachtmaster

Captain's Licenses

  • USCG Operator's License (6-Pk): Uninspected vessels <6 passengers) up to 100gt/100 miles offshore
  • USCG Master Near Coastal: Inspected or Uninspected vessels up to 100gt on up to 200 miles offshore
  • Yachtmaster Oceans (Certificate of Competency): Oceans - Master of vessels up to 200gt unlimited area


  • Yachtmaster Offshore (Certificate Of Competency): Certificate Of Competency: MCA Recognized and Accredited by the RYA
  • Yachtmaster Offshore (Practical Examination)
  • Yachtmaster Oceans (Certificate Of Competency): Fulfills YM Ocean Prerequisite for MCA (Yacht) C.O.C. Upgrades when Commercially Endorsed Accredited by the RYA

Flag Equivalencies

  • Cayman Islands Certificates
  • MCA Certificates of Equivalent Competency
  • Marshall Islands Certificates
  • BMA Certificates of Competency
  • AMSA Certificates of Competency
  • Other Flag States: Certificates

RYA: Royal Yachting Association Certificates

  • Yachtmaster Offshore: Certificate Of Competency
  • Yachtmaster Offshore: Practical Examination
  • Yachtmaster Oceans: Certificate Of Competency
  • RYA Coastal Skipper: Certificate Of Competency
  • RYA Day Skipper / Yacht Skipper: Ideal For Owner/Operators, Mates & Deckhands
  • YA Powerboat - Level 2 / Tender Operator Certificate

Service Arts Certificates

  • Yacht Service Program: Service Arts Certification
  • Silver Service Program: Service Arts Certification
  • Interior Yacht Management Program: Service Arts Certification

FCC Radio Licensing

  • FCC Marine Radio Operator Permit
  • FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)
  • FCC Ship Radar Endorsement
  • FCC GMDSS Maintainer's License (DM)
  • FCC GMDSS Operator's License (DO)

Passenger Vessel Programs

MPT offers numerous training options specifically designed for the unique requirements of the passenger vessel industry, including courses to fulfill regulatory compliance issues as well as custom developed onboard programs taught on your vessel, anywhere in the world, utilizing our expert Teams that taking practical training to the next level.

Onboard Training

MPT offers numerous onboard itineraries specifically designed for the unique advantages of training in a realistic environment, including courses to fulfill regulatory compliance issues as well as custom developed onboard programs taught by expert teams onboard your vessel, anywhere in the world.

  • Medical Emergencies
  • Emergency Response & Drills
  • Firefighting & Hazmat
  • Security
  • Service Arts
  • Crowd & Crisis Management
  • Bridge Team Building
  • Team Building (corporate style)
  • Custom Designed Courses

Maritime Security

There are several levels of security certification including the following:

  • Ship/Vessel Security Officer (SSO/VSO)
  • Company Security Officer (CSO)
  • Port/Facility Security Officer (PFSO)

Boater's Ed Recreational Certificates

MPT offers many programs for the boating enthusiasts and serious recreational boaters. Certain courses are USCG and NASBLA Approved.

MPT Features

MPT Location

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Known as the “Yachting Capital of the World”, Fort Lauderdale provides an ideal setting for you to master your trade. MPT is conveniently located right outside Port Everglades. Our port serves as a gateway to the world through cargo connections, cruises, and offers a wide variety of maritime activities. Nearly 6,000 ships call at Port Everglades each year. Port Everglades is the world’s busiest cruise ship port and is ranked 12th in the nation for containerized cargo. It is also the region’s largest Petroleum Port and remains one of the US Navy’s favorite ports for liberty.

  • Approvals: The School runs USCG (US Coast Guard), RYA (Royal Yachting Association) and MCA (Maritime Coastguard Agency) approved / accredited programs.
  • School Services: MPT’s Student Services Office is located on the main campus and provides Admissions and Registration, Guidance on Licensing, Certification and International Regulatory Compliance, Class Registration & Check In, Career Counseling and Development, Student Housing and Financial Assistance, Job Finding Assistance, Student Mail and Faxes Acceptance, USCG, MCA
  • Ship’s Store: Located on the Main Campus, the MPT Ships Store offers a variety of school supplies, navigation tools, calculators, sextants, software, books, reference materials, training charts, safety gear, medical kits, and firefighting equipment, souvenirs & the MPT clothing line, notary service, passport photos, and lots more
  • Housing Info & Assistance: MPT’s Student Services Office will help you choose the best accommodations for you while you are in town. MPT offers many affordable options perfect for any budget including MPT Partner Hotels, Corporate Apartments, and Private or Shared Crew Accommodations. Special rates are given to MPT Students for short term and long term housing.
  • Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available through corporate sponsorships, Grants, scholarships, and MPT is approved for Veterans Training.
  • Career Counseling & Job Placement: MPT provides career counseling and job placement assistance at no additional cost to registered students. Career counselors help students develop a pathway and schedule that will enhance their ability to progress through the license and certification process as expeditiously and seamlessly as possible. MPT Offers access to the on campus “job board” with regular postings of available crew and officer positions and distribute student resumes (upon request) to captains and/or companies.

Understanding STCW

STCW: Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping

STCW Code History: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a convention to improve the worldwide standards for safety and training of professional mariners in 1978. The Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention established a code adopted by many nations on July 7, 1978 and was named the Seafarers Training, Certification, & Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. Subsequent conventions were held in 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997 to update & revise the code. The amended code (STCW 95) is named for the year that it was accepted by the IMO and it's signatory countries.

Purpose of the STCW Code: The Code was established to set certain minimum international training standards for professional mariners. The level of certification and training you are required to have is based on the capacity you serve in & the type of vessel you work on. All professional mariner certifications must be STCW 95 Compliant with the exception of U.S. mariners working exclusively on inland waters or domestic near coastal waters on vessels up to 200 gross tons waters, which are exempt from the STCW requirements.

MEGA Yachts

    What is a Mega Yacht?

    A megayacht is defined within the industry as a yacht over 80 feet or approximately 24 meters. The industry average has grown tremendously over the years and the term being used now to reflect the larger yachts is “superyachts”. These superyachts, both private and charter have grown to over 400 feet long. These vessels are operated and manned by professional crew members who take their jobs very seriously. The crews are formally trained and certificated in their areas of expertise. The salaries are generally commensurate with the training and experience of the crew member as well as the size and use of the vessel.

    Interesting Yacht Facts:

    Of the top 200 yachts in the world the smallest is almost 180 feet. Current average build length is over 100 feet. There are currently more new megayachts under construction than there ever were before. Over 73,000 feet of new builds are underway in 25 different countries.

USEFUL Acronyms

  • AB Able: Bodied Seaman
  • AGT: Any Gross Tons (USCG Unlimited Tonnage Licenses)
  • AMSA: Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • ANOA: Advance Notice of Arrival
  • ARPA: Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • BRM: Bridge Resource Management
  • BST: Basic Safety Training
  • CEC: Certificate of Equivalent Competency
  • CoC: Certificate of Competenc
  • CoI: Certificate of Inspection
  • CPR: Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • CSO: Company Security Officer
  • DLPIC: Dangerous Liquids Person In Charge (Tankerman)
  • DP: Dynamic Positioning
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display & Instrumentation System
  • EP: Emergency Procedures
  • EPIRB: Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon
  • FCC: Federal Communication Commission
  • FRB: Fast Rescue Boat
  • GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress & Safety System
  • GOC: General Operator’s Certificate
  • GROL: General Radio Operator’s License (Technician Level)
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials
  • HAZWOPR: Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response
  • ILO: International Labour Organization
  • IMO: International Maritime Organization
  • ISM: International Safety Management
  • ISPS: International Ship and Port Security Code
  • MCA LY2: MCA Large Yacht Code 2 (Revised)
  • MCA: Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom
  • MMC: Merchant Mariner Credential
  • MOTV: Master of Towing Vessels
  • MSA: Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand
  • NOA: Notice of Assessment
  • NOE: Notice of Eligibility
  • OICEW: Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watc
  • OICNW: Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watc
  • OOW: Officer of the Watch (MCA
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OSV: Offshore Supply Vessel
  • OUPV: Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels
  • PFSO: Port/Facility Security Office
  • PIC: Person In Charge
  • PSC: Proficiency In Survival Craf
  • PYA: Professional Yachtsmen’s Association
  • QMS: Quality Management System
  • RADAR: Radio Detection and Ranging
  • RFPEW: Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch
  • RFPNW: Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  • ROC: Restricted Operator’s Certificate (GMDSS)
  • RYA: Royal Yachting Association
  • S.M.A.R.T.: Simulation for Maritime Assessment Research and Training (part of MPT)
  • SAR: Search and Rescue
  • SART: Search and Rescue Transponder
  • SMS: Safety Management System
  • SSO: Ship Security Office
  • STCW: Seafarers Training Certification and Watchkeepers
  • STOS: Specially Trained Ordinary Seaman
  • USCG: United States Coast Guard
  • VPEN: Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation
  • VS: Visual Signaling – flashing light by Morse Cod
  • VSO: Vessel Security Officer – Same as SSO