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Deck, Engine, Safety, Steward, MSC and Online Training, Certification and Licensing for Merchant Mariners

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The Paul Hall Center for Maritime Education and Training offers courses in the Engine Department to meet the requirements of the Seafarers International Union and the United States Coast Guard. Courses are developed and written to meet the standards of the International Maritime Organization and the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.

The upgrading programs at the Center are offered to mariners who wish to receive training to upgrade or improve their job skills. This continuing education training provides seafarers with the credentials and job skills they need to move up to a higher paying, more responsible position on board ships and tugs. The upgrading programs are divided into three departments: deck, engine, and steward, to match the job departments on ships, boats, and tugs.

The Seafarers Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (SHLSS): SHLSS is vocational school dedicated to preparing students for successful careers as U.S. merchant mariners. The School has been training individuals for careers at sea since 1967. The SHLSS provides entry-level training for individuals who wish to begin a seafaring career and do not accept students that already hold a rating. SHLSS is located on the campus of the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education.

Joseph Sacco Firefighting and Safety School: This school, located on property adjacent to the Center, features state-of-the-art training aids for teaching basic and advanced firefighting, damage control, confined spaces, and helicopter-firefighting. Included at the school is a mock-up of an engine room, a bilge fire, and an intricate maze that resembles those found on board many merchant vessels. Located in the instructional building, the swimming pool allows for water survival training and testing.

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Training Programs

Deck Department Courses



  • Able Seafarer Deck (120 hours)
  • Advanced Meteorology (40 hours)
  • Advanced Shiphandling (80 hours)
  • Advanced Stability (35 hours)
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) (32 hours)
  • Cargo Handling (Operational Level) (40 hours)
  • Basic Shiphandling and Steering Control Systems (Operational Level) (35 hours)
  • Bridge Resource Management (35 hours)
  • Celestial Navigation (123.5 hours)
  • Crane Familiarization (non-USCG) (35 hours)
  • Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) (35 hours)
  • Electronic Navigation (35 hours)
  • Fast Rescue Boat (30 hours)
  • Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) (70 hours)
  • Leadership and Managerial Skills (35 hours)
  • Leadership and Teamworking Skills (14 hours)
  • Magnetic and Gyro Compasses (30 hours)
  • Master 100 Tons (96 hours)
  • Meteorology (Operational Level) (40 hours)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (35 hours)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft/ Personal Survival Techniques (35 hours)
  • Radar Observer Recertification (1 day)
  • Radar Observer Unlimited (10 days)
  • Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) (20 days)
  • Search and Rescue (Operational Level) (16 hours)
  • Search and Rescue (Management Level) (19.5 hours)
  • Ship Construction and Basic Stability (40 hours)
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation (102 hours)
  • Visual Communications, (Flashing Light) (self-study)
  • Water Survival (66 hours)
  • Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (80 hours)

Engine Department Courses

  • Advanced Refrigerated Containers Maintenance (2 weeks)
  • Basic Auxiliary Plant Operations (140 hours)
  • Basic Electricity (Junior Engineer Course) (70 hours)
  • Basic Motor Plant Operations (66 hours)
  • Basic Refrigeration & Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) (Junior Engineer Course) (70 hours)
  • Basic Steam Plant Operations (70 hours)
  • Engineering Plant Maintenance (Junior Engineer Course) (140 hours)
  • Engineroom Resource Management (35 hours)
  • Machinist (102 hours)
  • Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (70 hours)
  • Marine Electrician (280 hours)
  • Marine Refrigeration Technician (210 hours)
  • Pumpman (35 hours)
  • Self-Unloading Advanced (32 hours)
  • Self-Unloading Basic (35 hours)
  • Welding and Metallurgy Skills and Practices (105 hours)

Steward Department Courses

  • ServSafe Manager (1 week)
  • Galley Operations (293 hours)
  • Certified Chief Cook (6 x 2 weeks)
  • Advanced Galley Operations (199 hours)
  • Chief Steward (525 hours)
  • Chief Cook Revalidation 2.0 (35 hours)
  • Chief Steward Revalidation 2.0 (35 hours)

Safety & Medical Courses

  • Basic Fire Fighting (16 hours)
  • Basic Fire Fighting (35 hours)
  • Basic Training (40 hours)
  • Basic Training Revalidation (8 hours)
  • Basic Training & Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation (35 hours)
  • Combined Basic & Advanced Fire Fighting (40 hours)
  • Crisis Management & Human Behavior (7 hours)
  • Crowd Management (4 hours)
  • First Aid & CPR (21 hours)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED (8 hours)
  • Maritime Security Awareness (4 hours)
  • Medical Care Provider (35 hours)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (4 hours)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (12 hours)
  • Social Responsibilities (25 hours)
  • Social Responsibilities (7.5 hours)
  • Vessel Security Officer (14 hours)

Tanker Courses

  • Tank Barge Dangerous Liquids (38 hours)
  • Tank Ship Familiarization (Dangerous Liquids) (34.5 hours)
  • Tank Ship Familiarization (Liquefied Gases) (34 hours)

Military Sealift Command Courses

  • Government Vessels (5 days)
  • Marine Environmental Awareness (2 hours)
  • Damage Control (2 days)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense (CBR-D) Orientation (2 days)
  • MSC Individual Small Arms Training and Qualification Course (40 hours)
  • MSC Security Watchstander - Advanced
  • MSC Security Watchstander – Basic
  • Shipboard Helicopter Firefighting Team Member (1 day)