education requirements

HS/GED and Industry Training Certification

expected salary range

$20K to $80K

training area

Jobs: STATEWIDE

This is what other people call “vacation.”

Operates boats carrying passengers. Responsible for operation of the entire vessel and safety of all persons on board. There are two positions within this job class: the Entry-level license allows for up to six paying customers on a vessel smaller than 100 gross tons, and the Master 100-gross-ton license focuses on ferry services and large, whale-watching boats carrying 150-250 passengers. Just think: most people pay to do this once in their lifetime. You get to do it every day.

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Industry training certification required

Here’s where you get it:

Course/Program Provider/Location Degree Certification Length
Assistance Towing AVTEC – Seward No USCG 1 day
Deckhand Skills UAA/KPC  Kachemak Bay Campus – Homer No Certificate of Completion 3 days
FCC Marine Radio Op. AVTEC – Seward No FCC 1 day
Intro Seafood Processing AVTEC – Seward No AVTEC 9 days
Marine Transportation UAS Ketchikan Campus AAS USCG 2-3 years
Marine Transportation UAS Ketchikan Campus OEC USCG 1 year
Master 100 Ton/OUPV UAA/KPC  Kachemak Bay Campus – Homer No USCG 4 weeks/80 hours
Master 100 Ton/OUPV UAS Ketchikan Campus No USCG 2 weeks
Master/Mate 200 Ton AVTEC – Seward No USCG 4 weeks
Operator of an Uninspected Vessel (OUPV) AVTEC – Seward No USCG 3 weeks
Radar Observer Recert AVTEC – Seward No USCG 1 day
Radar Observer Refresher AVTEC – Seward No USCG 3 days
Radar Observer Refresher UAS Ketchikan Campus No USCG 3 days
Radar Observer Unlimited AVTEC – Seward No USCG 1 week
Radar Observer Unlimited UAS Ketchikan Campus No USCG 1 week
Small Vessel Operator UAS Ketchikan Campus No No 3 days
Upgrade to 200 Ton Master/Mate UAS Ketchikan Campus No USCG 3 days