The License School, launched by Cal Maritime in 2001 is designed to meet the needs of the smaller vessel approved courses, including testing at the Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV), 100 Ton and 200 Ton levels. Other classes include Towing Endorsement and Sail Auxiliary. The OUPV license is the entry-level operator or master's license issued by the Coast Guard. Familiarly known as the "Six-pack", it authorizes the holder to operate an uninspected vessel carrying no more than six passengers for hire. The OUPV is ideal for recreational boaters who wish to charter their vessels and it is the first license for professional mariners who wish to subsequently be approved for the 100 and 200 Ton Licenses. Once you have received a certification of completion from The License School you can apply directly to the Coast Guard for a license without further testing.

California State University Maritime Academy is one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States and is the only one on the West Coast. Cal Maritime has been training mariners since 1929 and boasts a vast pool of outstanding instructors. Our goal is to provide outstanding professional education, and to continuously expand course offerings as well as offer custom classes for groups and organizations. We are a leader in the development of simulation-based training, maritime training, and leadership programs that are developed directly with industry needs in mind.

License Courses

Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Examination included.  Cost: $1050 (60 hours)

100 Ton Master (Upgrade from OUPV to 100 Ton Master)
Examination Included.  Cost: $550 (24 hours)

Towing Endorsement (Upgrade to small vessel towing assistance endorsement)
Not valid for Tug & Barge Operations.  Cost: $150 (4 hours)

Sail Auxiliary (Upgrade to Sail Auxiliary)
Not required for OUPV.  Cost: $150 (4 hours)

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