Unlicensed Apprentice Training and Deck, Engine, Steward Upgrading & Licensing Training
The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is the largest training facility for deep-sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in the United States. The Center has developed a pioneering approach to education that has successfully integrated vocational training, academic enrichment and trade union responsibility.
The Center includes the Joseph Sacco Fire Fighting and Safety School, the Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship, the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Education Center, the Chesapeake Culinary Institute, and the Paul Hall Library and Maritime Museum.
The Paul Center teaches specialized skills for jobs in the deck, engine and steward departments. The curricula are constantly updated to keep abreast of changing maritime technology. Clearly, today’s modern automated vessel, which costs millions of dollars, cannot be entrusted to an unskilled, non-professional. Seamanship is a profession for the well trained.
Professional training begins with basic or entry-level vocational education programs. The non licensed Apprentice Program provides the work ethic and skills necessary for people to perform their assigned duties aboard Seafarers International Union (SIU) contracted ships, tugs and towboats. The upgrading programs provide experienced seafarers, who have the necessary required sea-time, the opportunity to advance their professional skills, keep pace with changes in the maritime industry and increase their earning potential.
The Paul Center is a part of The Seafarers International Union (SIU), Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters District/NMU, AFL-CIO, represents unlicensed United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades.
- Unlicensed Apprentice Program: The purpose of the Unlicensed Apprentice Program is to train, guide and encourage men and women to make careers for themselves on the world’s oceans or on America’s network of coastal and inland waterways.
- Deck Upgrading Courses - Deep Sea and Great Lakes: A variety of courses are offered in the Deck Department leading to ratings, licenses, certification, and endorsements.
- Engine Department Upgrading Courses: The engineering program (Maritime Technology Engineering - MTE) designed to meet the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW/1995). The Inland Engine (IMET) Courses for inland mariners are also Offered.
- Steward Department Upgrading Courses
- Other Departments Upgrading and Specialty Courses
- Passenger Vessel Training: The Paul Hall Center provides the Coast Guard-required courses.