Printer-friendly version

U.S. Coast Guard Website for Mariners


Masters License 25/50/100 Ton

License Description

The Masters license allows the transport of passengers on an inspected passenger vessel. These vessels must have a Certificate Of Inspection (COI) which states the number of passengers allowed and area of operation.

Two types of licenses:

Inland: May take passengers upon inland waters only Near Coastal: May take passengers up to 200 miles off shore

USCG Approved Master 25/50/100 Ton Near Coastal Course

All testing is done with The Captain School.
   You DO NOT test with the Coast Guard.


Upon successful completion (attendance and passing required exams), you will receive a diploma from The Captain School. This diploma is then sent to the U.S. Coast Guard REC, along with your USCG Application to receive your USCG License. (You have up to 1 year to submit your application to the Coast Guard from the date on your diploma.)

Get More Information

Get More Information



Course requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

USCG Application Age: 19 years old

Sea Experience:

    Inland Masters 25/50/100 Ton
  • 360 day underway on navigable waters
  • 90 days of the 360 must be within the last 3 years
    Near Coastal Masters 25/50/100 Ton
  • 720 days underway
  • At least 360 days must be upon near coastal or ocean waters
  • At least 90 days must be within the last 3 years
  • * A "day" is defined as 4 or more hours away from the dock



Orange Beach, AL      Nov 17-21, 2017
Cape Coral, FL      Dec 17-20, 2017
Cape Coral, FL      Oct 22-25, 2017
Marrero, LA      Sep 25-29, 2017
Cape Coral, FL      Nov 26-29, 2017
Marrero, LA      Nov 13-17, 2017

Request for Information Form