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US Coast Guard and STCW Approved Maritime Training Programs in Washington

crawford nautical school

Established in 1923, Crawford Nautical School (CNS) is the oldest privately-owned maritime training school in the United States. The school has been training mariners from all areas of sea-going life - deep sea, coastal and inland waters; Masters, Mates, Pilots and Engineers.

The School has had branches in San Diego, Wilmington and San Francisco, California. Since 1985, the School has been located in Seattle, Washington, where Crawford Nautical continue to prepare mariners for US Coast Guard Deck and Engine licensing examinations in particular and for the vocation of becoming good shipmates in general.

CNS provides assistance to mariners trying to determine what credential they may be eligible for, what authority their current credential confers, what might be the best way to upgrade a credential and how to navigate the applications for original, upgrade and renewal. Crawford Nautical School is licensed under the Private Vocational School Act administered by the Workforce Training & Education Board of Washington State & approved for Veterans/GI Bill.

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Training Programs

USCG-Approved Courses



  • Master 100 NC/Inland/OUPV (3 weeks)
  • Master/Mate 200 NC/Inland (4 weeks)
  • Master Uninspected Fishing Vessels Near Coastal (4 weeks)
  • Mate Uninspected Fishing Vessels Near Coastal (4 weeks)
  • Original Unlimited Radar Observer (3 days)
  • Radar Renewal (1 day)
  • Ocean Endorsement (Masters/Mates 500/1600, Masters/Mates Uninspected Fishing) (2.5 weeks)
  • Ocean Endorsement Master/Mate 200, Master/Mate Towing) (1.5 weeks)
  • Designated Duty Engineer (4 weeks)
  • Assistant Engineer Uninspected Fishing Vessels (4 weeks)
  • Qualified Member of the Engine Department (5 weeks)

STCW Courses

Deck Examination Prep

  • Master/Chief Mate AGT Near Coastal (8-10 Weeks)
  • 2nd/3rd Mate AGT Near Coastal (8-10 Weeks)
  • Master 500/1600 Near Coastal (8-10 Weeks)
  • Mate 500/1600 Near Coastal (8-10 Weeks)
  • Master 500 ("Shortcut" via Towing Credential) (3 Weeks)
  • Master Great Lakes/Inland Any Gross Tons (6 Weeks)
  • Mate Great Lakes/Inland Any Gross Tons (6 Weeks)
  • Oceans Modules for Master/Chief Mate/2nd Mate/3rd/Mate (3 Weeks)

Radar Classes

  • Original 5-day Unlimited Radar Endorsement
  • Radar Renewal (1 day)

Engine Licenses/Upgrade (Exam Prep - 4 weeks)

  • Chief Unlimited
  • First Assistant
  • Second Assistant
  • Third Assistant
  • Chief Limited
  • Assistant Limited
  • QMED
  • Designated Duty Engineer (1000-4000 HP)

Other Programs

  • Tankerman (5 days)
  • Element 1 (Marine Radio Operator’s Permit)
  • Element 7 (GMDSS Radio Operator’s License)

LAST UPDATED ON July 27, 2017

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