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USCG Approved Online Captain's and Masters License Study Packages and Home Study Guides, FCC Online Tests

mariners learning system

Located in Pennington NJ, Mariners Learning System provides U.S. Coast Guard Certified Licensing Courses with their flexible online training. With more than 25,000 students enrolled, a success rate of over 98% and the flexibility to study at your own pace, Mariners Learning System™ is one the best choice for obtaining your Captain’s License and is very popular among license aspirants.

MLS teaching style is based on making the assumption that you know nothing. By incorporating a methodology with the standard practice of teaching understanding, not just how to pass the USCG Exam. Mariners Learning System uses colors, graphics, animations and simulations which makes it enjoyable to learn and understand the course content.

The MLS content is comparable to that found in face to face classrooms in terms of materials covered. It surpasses classroom learning by listening to audio lectures, watching training videos, or reading companion workbook. With MLS, you learn at your pace. You also have access to online instructors 24x7 or you can call toll free to the staff during normal business hours.

Whether you're looking to learn new boating skills, improve safety, or become a member of a boating crew, earning your USCG Captain's License will provide you with many new opportunities. Also MLS American Hero Fund provides financial assistance for U.S. military members, veterans, police officers, and firefighters wanting to become licensed.

USCG Captain's License & Endorsements

Testing Locations

One of the biggest advantage of doing MLS program is that they are the only USCG authorized testing company which enables them to prepare the tests and assign you the exam date and location of your choice. In other words, they can do testing on behalf of the Coast Guard. 

This is not the case with other schools who will send you to take the Coast Guard proctored exams in one of the USCG regional exam centers.

MLS Testing Locations(PDF)

Online Training Programs

U.S. Coast Guard Approved Courses

  • OUPV/Six-Pack Captain's License: The OUPV/Six-Pack is the most popular of the captain's license courses and is required for those who wish to operate fishing and sailing charters, run a dive boat, or offer sightseeing tours.
  • Master Captain's License - 25/50 or 100 Ton: The Master License allows you to operate Inspected Passenger Vessels. Ferry Boats, harbor tour boats, sailing schooners, and whale watching boats are all examples of inspected vessels.
  • Endorsements for Towing or Sailing: With an OUPV/Six-Pack or Master Captain's License, you can be endorsed for commercially assisting other vessels or to carry seven or more passengers on a sailing vessel.

License Study Packages

  • Captain's License - OUPV/Six-pack (Deluxe Edition)
  • OUPV Upgrade to 25/50/100 Ton Master (Deluxe Edition)
  • Master Captain's License - 25/50 or 100 Ton (Deluxe Edition)
  • Deck License Renewal - (Deluxe Edition)
  • Assistance Towing Endorsement (Deluxe Edition)
  • Auxiliary Sailing Endorsement (Deluxe Edition)

Home Study Guides

  • Ship Radar Endorsement (Element 8) Practice Test Book
  • GMDSS Radio Operator’s - DO (Elements 1, 7) Practice Test Book
  • GROL: General Radiotelephone Operator - PG (Elements 1, 3) Practice Test Book
  • MROP: Marine Radio Operators Permit – MP (Element 1) Practice Test Book
  • Maritime Assistance Towing for the Mariner
  • Auxiliary Sail for the Mariner
  • Maritime Law - Inspected Passenger Vessels
  • Navigation for the Mariner (2 Book Set)
  • Maritime Law - Uninspected Passenger Vessels
  • Seamanship for the Mariner
  • Navigational Rules of the Road
  • FCC GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License (DB) Bundle (Elements 1, 3, 7, and 9)
  • MROP - Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) Online Course & Online Exam

Online Exams

  • FCC GMDSS Radio Operator’s License (DO) - Online Test (Elements 1 and 7)
  • FCC Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator’s License (RG) Test (Elements 1 and 7R)
  • GROL - General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) Online Exam (Elements 1 and 3)
  • MROP - Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) Online Exam
  • FCC Ship Radar Endorsement - Online Test (Element 8)
  • FCC GMDSS Radio Maintainer’s License (DM) - Online Test (Elements 1, 3 and 9)

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