You can get a USCG captain’s license through Mariners Learning System by taking our U.S. Coast Guard-approved course and then completing your Coast Guard boating exam at one of our testing centers. Our courses are structured for those pursuing a professional career in commercial boating operations and for recreational boaters looking to increase their knowledge.
1 Do I need to go to a Coast Guard Regional Exam Center for the captain’s exam?
No. If you use the Mariners Learning System suite of Coast Guard approved courses, you can take your coast guard captain’s exam at one of our testing centers instead. Upon completion of your course, taking our proctored boating exam, and meeting other requirements such as documenting your boating experience and passing a physical, you have one year to submit the MLS certificate of completion and your application package by mail to the nearest Coast Guard Regional Exam Center. Upon the Coast Guard’s review and approval, you will be issued your license.
We recommend the deluxe editions of our courses because in addition to the digital access, you also get hard-copy workbooks, a navigator's tool set, and a practice chart. This represents a turnkey solution that includes everything you need right down to your pencils and eraser. It's like Prego spaghetti sauce—it's all in there!