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AAS Degree & Certificate, Unlicensed Apprentice Training, Upgrading & Licensing, Other Vocational Training and Education

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What is Paul Hall Center?: The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education is the biggest training facility for deep sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in America. The Center has developed a pioneering method of instruction which has successfully incorporated academic enrichment, vocational training and trade union obligation.

What are the various divisions/schools under Paul Hall Center?: 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.

What are they specialized in training?: The Paul Hall Center teaches specialized skills for work in the deck, engine and steward sections. The programs are continuously upgraded to keep abreast of shifting marine technology. Today's modern fleet is automated, costs millions of dollars, can't be entrusted to an unskilled, non-professional.

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How does the training organized?: Professional training starts with basic or entry-level vocational education programs. The Unlicensed Apprentice Program offers the work ethic and abilities necessary for individuals to do their duties that are assigned aboard Seafarers International Union (SIU) contracted ships, tugboats and towboats. The upgrading programs provide experienced seafarers, who have the essential required sea-time, the chance keep pace with changes in the maritime sector, to advance their professional abilities and raise their earning potential.

Are they affiliated to any organization?: 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.

Location and Address: 

Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 75, Piney Point, MD 20674-0075
Tel: (301) 994-0010.

Training & Academic Programs



Vocational Training

  • Entry Level Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) Program: The purpose of the Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) 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. The UA Program is recommended for individuals who wish to seek employment through the hiring halls affiliated with the Seafarers International Union. Read more
  • Department of Labor Apprentice Program: The Center joined with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the development of an apprentice program for training men and women for the maritime industry in 2003. This program includes apprentice training for the occupations of Fireman, Oiler and Watertender, Able Seafarer- Deck, and Chief Cook; thereby covering all three trades within the Union. The apprentice program ranges from 2760 to 4000 hours of on-the-job training supplemented by instruction in the classroom. The apprentice program is a competency based training program that meets the DOL Certification requirements.
  • UA to AS-D Program: The Unlicensed Apprentice to Able Seafarer-Deck Program consists of a combination of five phases of training and sea service meeting the training requirements from Vessel Familiarization to Able Seafarer-Deck for an Able Seafarer-Deck international endorsement, and Able Seaman-Limited national endorsement. Read more
  • UA to FOWT Program (AS-E): The Unlicensed Apprentice to Able Seafarer-Engine Program consists of a combination of five phases of training and sea service meeting the training requirements from Vessel Familiarization to Able Seafarer-Engine for an Able Seafarer-Engine international endorsement and a Fireman/Watertender, Oiler national endorsement. Read more

Academic Programs

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Maritime Operations Technology - Concentration in Nautical Science (Deck Department Students) or Marine Engineering (Engine Department Students): The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship has partnered with the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree program in Maritime Operations Technology.
  • For AAS Ddegree, students must complete a combination of required academic general education courses and vocational technical education courses in order to earn the degree. CSM will provide all of the general education courses and SHLSS will provide all of the technical courses required for the degree. All of the SHLSS technical courses have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • General Education Development (GED) Program - Maryland High School Diploma: The GED program is open to all mariners who do not have a high school diploma. Assistance is offered to prepare students to take the new computer-based GED test in Maryland or in their home state.
  • Basic Vocational Support Program: The vocational support system assists students in improving course-specific vocational language and mathematical skills. It is designed to augment the skills introduced in their vocational training classes.

Continuing Education - Upgrading Training

  • Deck Department Courses
  • Engine Department Courses
  • Steward Department Courses
  • Safety Courses
  • General Courses
  • MSC Courses
  • Online Courses
  • Details of the above programs - Read more

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