Admissions Requirements and Processes


A High School Diploma or approved equivalency is required for the MITAGS-PMI Maritime Apprenticeship Programs.


The Maritime Apprenticeship Programs (MAP) is open to anyone that is qualified for the position. The program is physically demanding with long, arduous hours. Anyone in good health, and able to meet the job description, will be given the exact same consideration. It should be noted, however, that one of the primary reasons for the establishment of the MAP was due to an aging workforce. Please note that per 46 CFR 11.201(e) no officer endorsement may be issued by the USCG to a person who has not attained the age of 21 years. Since the program takes two plus years we cannot admit anyone under the age of 19 in the program.

Basic Math Entrance Exam

Administered by the MAP online, applicants are provided with a practice workbook to prepare for the exam. Passing score is 85% or higher.

Able to pass the Partner Company’s Physical Exam

Each Partner Company has different requirements which may exceed the USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) physical exam.

Eligible for an American Passport

The MAP provides training to obtain the Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW) endorsement. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (a.k.a. The Jones Act) does not allow non-United States citizens to obtain the OICNW endorsement.

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)

The Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) is a required document for every Merchant Mariner. In order to obtain a MMC, the applicant must complete an enrollment form (CG-719B) and pass a USCG-approved physical exam (CG-719K), including a drug test. Please use the following links to download these forms: Form CG-719B, click here: Form CG-719K, click here:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a document required in the shipyard and onboard vessels. Please use the following link to enroll in the TWIC program. TWIC Application

How do I enroll

For further information and to start the process, complete and submit the Inquiry form on the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.

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Admission Checklist & Processes:

  • Complete and submit the Inquiry form on the ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.
  • The applicant will receive a detailed email with information about the program and a request for additional paperwork (scanned copies of resume, cover letter, current passport-style photograph, and letter of recommendation from a present or former employer).
  • Once the above information has been received, a video interview via Skype will be arranged with the applicant.
  • During the Skype interview, campus location and program start date will be determined.
  • Additional scanned documents will be requested, including the applicant’s Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC), Transportation Worker Transportation Credential (TWIC), driver’s license, passport, and diploma or transcript. Applicants will be given instructions for taking a math skills assessment which must be passed with a score of 85% or higher.
  • If the applicant is Post 9/11 GI Bill-eligible, a letter of eligibility will be requested.
  • The Workboat Academy will submit a resume package to participating Partner Companies.
  • Partner Companies will select applicants for in-person interviews.
  • The Partner Company will select the applicant(s) they would like to bring onboard as Apprentice(s).
  • Upon selection, an enrollment package, including tuition agreement, payment information, program details, and schedule will be sent to the Apprentice.
  • Upon receipt of signed agreements and first tuition payment, a welcome aboard letter will be sent to the Apprentice.
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