Home United States North Carolina › You are here


USCG Approved Training & Testing for Captain's License, Upgrade & Renewal Courses and Endorsements & STCW Courses in NC, IL, and MO

worldwide marine training nc

Established in 2002, World Wide Marine Training is a charter member of the Maritime Education Standards Council (MESC) and dprovides maritime education to recreational and professional mariners.World Wide Marine Training (WWMT) offers US Coast Guard approved courses and testing. The school trains active duty USN Sailors, active duty US Marines, civilian employees of the USN and USMC, employees of the Army Corps of Engineers, employees of the NC Ferry System and employees of the YMCA sailing camps in North Carolina and Virginia.

WWMT also provides training courses to locations in North & South Carolina, as well as several locations in the Great Lakes and Midwest region. No testing at USCG with any of the programs WWMT test in the same classroom that the classes are held.

Course Locations include - East Coast LocationsOriental NC, Morehead City NC, Manteo NC, Raleigh NC, and, Wilmington NC & Midwest Locations: Grafton IL, Lake Ozark MO Area, and, St. Louis, MO.

uscg training wwmt

USCG Captain's License & Endorsements

Training Programs



Captains License Courses

  • OUPV (6-pak) Captains License (8 days): The OUPV is authorized to carry up to six passengers for hire.  This license can be issued, depending on where you gained your underway experience, for the US Near Coastal waters (includes Great Lakes & US Inland), Great Lakes (includes US Inland), or US Inland waters, as specified in 46 CFR Part 11. This license is the most popular of the Captain’s Licenses and is used for fishing charters, sailing charters, sailing/boating instruction, guide service, etc.
  • Upgrade OUPV to MASTER 100-Tons (3 days): This course is for upgrading an existing OUPV License (6-pack) to a 25-ton, 50-ton or 100-ton Masters License.  It can also be taken in conjunction with the OUPV course to apply for the Masters License.  This course is 24-hours and runs for three consecutive days.
  • Master License - Upgrade Master 100-tons to MASTER 200-tons (3 days): This 3-day course is for upgrading an existing 100-ton Masters License to a 200-ton Masters License.  This course runs for three consecutive days.  Class hours are from 8:00 am through 5:30 pm for the three days of instruction.
  • OUPV (6-pak) (Limited): Satisfies the safe boating course requirements of 46 CFR 11.467(g)(2); and examination requirements of 46 CFR 11.467(g)(3) for original issuance, renewal or reissuance of a license as Limited Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels engaged in launch tender service upon Inland Waters (Not More than ½ Nautical Mile from Shore).
  • Upgrade Limited OUPV to Limited Master 100 Tons: Applicants must present a current OUPV (Limited) credential or course completion along with evidence of current employment with a yacht club, marina or other organization as specified in 46 CFR 11.456 and their credential will be limited to their employment with that organization and to the specific geographic location or body of water in which that organization is located.
  • License Renewal (up to 100-ton) (2 days): This License Renewal course is for the licensed mariner who does not have the required 360 days of sea service in the last 5 years to renew their Captains License.  The course covers renewal for OUPV and Masters of not more than 100-ton for operation in the Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal areas.

USCG Endorsements

  • Assistance Towing Endorsement (4 hours): Assistance Towing is towing for hire, such as the activities of a Tow Boat/US or Sea Tow operator, un-grounding or towing a disabled vessel to its home port. This endorsement is not a Towing license for the operation of a tugboat.
  • Auxiliary Sail Endorsement (4 hours): This course allows the licensed Master to acquire the Sail Endorsement for carrying 7 or more passengers while under sail on an inspected vessel. 

Radar & ARPA Classes

  • Radar Observer (Unlimited) (5 days): This course covers the basic principles on which radar equipment operates, the functions of radar components and features, the theory of relative motion, complete radar operation, evaluation of radar contacts, the limitations of radar, and plotting targets.  Plotting exercises focus on evaluating threats and taking collision avoidance action. This course satisfies the requirement of 46 CFR 11.480 for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Unlimited).
  • Radar Refresher & Recertification (3 days): This course is intended for mariners that are required to have a Radar Observer endorsement on their license but who do not operate in an area that provides the activity to keep their radar skills current.
  • ARPA (4 days): This 4-day course covers the methods by which the ARPA acquire and tracks radar contacts and demonstrates the limitations of the radar equipment including the dangers of over-reliance on information derived from ARPA. Also covered are performance standards for ARPA, the effects of inaccuracies in the course and speed inputs, the selection of speed data input and the systems response to changes in course and speed of own ship and/or contact vessel.

Able Seaman Training

  • Able Seaman - Part A (Theory - 44 hours): The course, Part A, satisfies the written examination requirement and the practical knot tying assessment requirement.
  • Able Seaman - Part B (32 hours): Part B satisfies the requirement for the 32-hr course and written examination and practical assessment requirements for any mariner requiring an endorsement in Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) restricted and the 8-hr Elementary First Aid examination and assessment requirement as set out in Table A-V1/1-3 of the STCW code.

STCW Courses

Recreational Boater Courses

  • Navigation Rules (4 hours)
  • Coastal Navigation (4 hours)
  • Deck General/Deck Safety (4 hours)
  • Marine Outboard Motor Maintenance / Familiarization (8 hours)
  • Basic Engineering (16 hours)
  • Small Boat Handling Skills (16 hours)

CPR/First Aid Courses

  • First Aid / CPR

Additional Services

  • Mariner Credential Assistance (MCA)
  • MROP - Marine Radio Operations Permit (Element 1)

LAST UPDATED ON Nov 2, 2018