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Frequently Asked Questions-3rd Mate/Assistant Engineer License Process

 

1.  When do I apply for my 3rd Mate/ Assistant Engineer License?
Typically in September of your senior year. All license track cadets must complete a License Program Completion Worksheet to determine readiness to apply. This includes completion/intent to complete all academic coursework, and fulfillment of all watchstanding and seatime requirements. The USCG requires that a cadet must be within 6 months of completing all program requirements in order to apply for a 3rd Mate/A.E. credential and sit for their licensing exams. 
 
2.  How can I check on my current watchstanding status?
Marine Transportation majors should contact their Company Commandant for current Watchstanding totals.
ME License-Track and MET majors should contact their Company Commandant for current Watchstanding totals.
 
3.  How can I check on my current seatime status?
Cadets should contact Ms. Wendy Higgins, in the Career Services Office, with questions and concerns pertaining to their accrued Sea Training II seatime. Cadets should contact Ms. Susan Reynolds in the Marine Programs Office, with questions and concerns pertaining to their seatime aboard the T.S. Golden Bear.
 
4.  What if I have still have outstanding seatime to complete?
Cadets must be able to reasonably expect to complete all seatime requirements, by the end of the term in which they are testing, in order to submit a 3rd Mate/Assistant Engineer MMC application.
 
5.  How do I apply to take the exam? 
All 1C Engine and Deck students applying to test should read the 1/C USCG Exam and License Application Memo, and  must complete their Third Assistant Engineer License Application or Third Mate License Application and be "Approved to Test". Please refer to the 3rd Mate and Assistant Engineer Application Packet for detailed information on the application process.
 
6.  What forms of personal identification are required to apply for a 3rd A.E/Mates credential? 
Driver's License
TWIC 
US Passport
Certificate of Naturalization, if applicable
I-551 Permanent Resident Alien (Green) Card, if applicable
 
7.  Do I have to be a US citizen to apply for my 3rd's credendial?
No, US citizenship is not required at the time of your application or testing, however, you must be a U.S. citizen to receive your license.  Citizenship status at the time of program completion is the determining factor for issuance of 3rds credentials.  Please refer to US Citizenship Information for more information on citizenship questions. 
 
8.  Do I have to be a US citizen to receive my 3rds credential?
Yes, you must be a US citizen to receive your license.  Citizenship status at the time of program completion is the determining factor for issuance of 3rds credentials.  Please refer to US Citizenship Information for more information on citizenship questions.
 
9.  What is the fee to apply for a 3rd Mate / A.E. credential?  
$ 255.00 (as of 7/1/17)
 
10.  How do I pay for the USCG License Application Exam?  
All credentialing fees are paid on the Pay.Gov websitePlease refer to the 3rd Mate and 3rd Assistant Engineer Application Packet for correct fee selections.
 
11.  What documents are required to submit with my application?  Links and instructions for all forms can be found in the 3rd Mate and 3rd Assistant Engineer Application Packet.
  1. 1. Statements of Understanding form
  2. 2. MMC Application Third Party Authorization form
  3. 3. MMC Medical Certificate Third Party Authorization form
  4. 4. CG-719B Merchant Mariner Credential Application 
  5. 5. CG-719C Conviction Disclosure Statement (if any infractions since entry-level application) 
  6. 6. CG-719K Medical Certification Application/Physical form 
  7. 7. Photocopy of TWIC card
  8. 8. Valid Cal Maritime Random Drug Testing Program participant letter (provided by Licensing office) or CG-719P Drug Testing form and lab results (if not currently enrolled).
  9. 9. Pay.gov receipt of $ 255.00

Please note that non-U.S. citizens will require additional documentation with their application, please refer to the 3rd Mate & 3rd Assistant Engineer Application Packet for details.

 
12.  When are licensing exams administered?
The USCG will not allow cadets to apply to test until entering their final academic term. All cadets are required to run an Academic Requirements Report from PeopleSoft and complete a License Program Completion Worksheet in the spring of their junior year, to determine readiness to sit for their exams.  Cadets are typically eligible to sit for their USCG 3rd Mate/A.E exams, given on campus in January of their senior year. A summer testing session is also offered on campus, typically in mid-July. Testing outside of these timeframes is coordinated  and scheduled by the Licensing Office. Please refer to the License Exam Policy Sheet for more information on licensing exams. 
 
13. What STCW tables will be met upon successful completion of my license track program?
Please refer to 3rd Mate-Standard Issues or 3rd Assistant Engineer Standard Issues for a list of all STCW tables contained within the Cadet 310 program. 
 
14.  What will typically appear on my credential for National Licensure?
 
15.  What STCW endorsements will typically appear on my credential? 
 
16.  Can I receive my credential if I pass my licensing exams but have not completed all of my degree requirements?
No. Your 3rds credential is linked to your diploma, and cannot be processed without completion of your cadet training program, which includes completion of all required academic coursework, seatime and watchstanding. No Degree = No License.
 
17.  Can I receive my diploma without passing my licensing exams?
No. All cadets enrolled in a license track program are required to pass their licensing exams in order to meet degree requirements and receive a diploma. No License = No Degree.
 
18.  What is the time frame to receive my license once I have completed my academic requirements, successfully passed the USCG exams and completed licensing requirements? 
Your license and all earned program certificates will be provided to you at commencement. If program completion falls outside of the traditional timeline, there is typically a 3-4 week processing period for receipt of your credential and program certificates.
 
19. Can I print a copy of my credential?
Yes. Once your credential has been processed, visit the HomePort website to view and print a certificate copy of your credential endorsements that is suitable for framing.
 
20. When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to the mailing address of record approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester of academic completion.  The diploma is not included in your credential packet. Please review/update your home mailing address on PeopleSoft and email registrar@csum.edu if you have additional questions or concerns regarding issuance of your diploma.
 

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