About Us

The MITAGS-PMI Maritime Apprenticeship Program (MAP) provides all of the maritime training and support necessary to obtain a Mate’s license. More importantly, the program instills the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Deck Officer.

The program is organized so that every shore-based training phase is reinforced by simulation and on-board maritime training. This approach allows apprentices to immediately apply their new knowledge on the job. Each phase builds on the previous phase, allowing skill development to progress gradually and logically.


The apprenticeship program originated in 2006 as an answer to the upcoming shortage of qualified Mates and Masters in the towboat industry. With input from the industry the two-year program was created and has since grown into a successful and well-respected apprenticeship training program.


The MITAGS-PMI MAP Deck program is approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the State of Washington’s “Workforce Training, Education and Coordinating Board” (WTECB), and the State of Maryland’s “Maryland Higher Education Commission” (MHEC). This program is also approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and honors the Post 9/11 GI Bill for eligible veterans and their dependents.


The MITAGS-PMI Maritime Apprenticeship Program is the proud recipient of the Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer Award (2012) and the Lloyd’s List Training Award for North America (2015).