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Course Overview

Virtual OUPV Captain’s License Course

US Captain’s Training is disrupting the industry with our Virtual OUPV Captain’s License Course and Online Final Examination!

Earn an OUPV captain’s license and take up to six paying passengers, up to 100 miles offshore, on a vessel up to 100 GRT. The Virtual OUPV Captain’s License Course provides a great option for those who seek Personal Interactive Instruction and feedback from an instructor in a virtual classroom. Upon enrollment you receive access to the online modules which lets you get started right away and be well prepared for the first virtual classroom session. We mail your books and tools USPS Priority Mail and they should get to you in about three days.

The Virtual OUPV Captain’s License Course meets for about three hours twice a week for 10 weeks and you may finish early. The success rate for the Online Final Examination is over 98%. Contact Captain John Styp by phone (973) 222-0222 or email to arrange your course schedule.

Exam Modules

The four exam modules listed below make up the OUPV Captain’s License Course.

  • Rules of the Road: International and Inland
  • Navigation General: Near Coastal
  • Navigation Problems: Chart Plot
  • Deck General/Safety

Course Materials

Your books, tools & chart are shipped USPS Priority and will arrive in about three days. The course materials listed below are included in the price of the course.

Online Final Examination 

Take the Final Examination Online as soon as you are ready. Please Contact us to schedule.


A USCG Application Packet Course is included with your purchase! It contains videos that guide you through each section of each form that makes up a USCG Application Packet. 


The USCG qualifications an applicant must meet to hold an OUPV captains license are presented below and based on the USCG Checklist for OUPV Captain’s License

General Requirements

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be at least age 18
  • Medical Certificate Requirement
    • Original – Must hold a valid Medical Certificate or be approved for
      Medical Certificate
    • Renewal, ROG, New Endorsement – Must hold an unexpired Medical
      Certificate or submit a Medical Certificate application
  • Drug Testing Compliant
  • Mariner Fees must be paid

Sea Service Requirements

The scope or “route endorsement” of your license is based on the geographic location in which you gained your sea service and may be either Inland, Great Lakes & Inland or Near Coastal. A Near Coastal route endorsement allows the holder to operate up to 100 miles offshore and also covers “subordinate routes” such as Great Lakes & Inland.

OUPV Captain’s License
  • 360 days total
  • 90 days in the last three years
Route Endorsement
Near Coastal
  • 90 days on either Oceans, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters
Great Lakes
  • 90 days on the Great Lakes
  • If you do not have time on Oceans, Near Coastal or Great Lakes waters you get an Inland

Other Requirements

  • First Aid (completed within 1 year) (original only)
  • CPR (must be valid) (original only)
Commercial Assistance Towing (Optional)

Online Final Examination

Take your Final Examination Online as soon as you are ready! Contact us to connect with our USCG approved online examination specialist and schedule.

Exam Module that Makes up the Final Examination

  • Rules of the Road: International and Inland – 50 Questions – 90% to pass
  • Navigation General: Near Coastal – 50 Questions – 70% to pass
  • Navigation Problems: Chart Plot – 10 Questions – 90% to pass
  • Deck General/Safety – 50 Questions – 70% to pass

USCG License Application

You must submit an Application Packet to the US Coast Guard (USCG) to earn a license. You may submit your application packet to the USCG before or after taking a course.

IMPORTANT: Your course completion certificate (Certificate of Training) will satisfy the testing requirements for your license however, we recommend preparing your application and submitting it ASAP. The application evaluation process typically takes 4 to 6 weeks. You do NOT need to include your course completion certificate with your application. If your application is evaluated and approved for issuance, you will be given one year to complete the course!

If you need help putting your application together, we have prepared the following resources:

  • A USCG Application Packet Course is included with your purchase! This course contains videos that guide you through each section of each form that makes up a USCG Application Packet so you can submit it to the USCG yourself.
  • We have created an Application Form Generator to help prefill some of the forms for you.
  • The National Maritime Center website has resources including live chat if you have questions for the USCG.
  • If this process seems overwhelming, time consuming, or if you just want professional help putting your application together, we recommend contacting Diamond Marine Services. The team at DMS have credentialing experts and former National Maritime Center evaluators on their staff and can quickly guide you to a complete and properly prepared application. You can reach them at 877-335-6341.

Application Packet

A USCG application packet contains everything the USCG needs to process and issue your captain’s license. Fill out the Forms and complete the Tasks below to create an application packet. Don’t forget to try our Application Form Generator!


The US Coast Guard (USCG) application packet consists of the following USCG forms. Visit our Application Page for video tutorials of each form.


To complete an application packet you must complete the following tasks.

  • TWIC – Applicants for original licenses must apply for a TWIC and include the receipt in their application packet.
  • Pay.Gov – Go to Pay.Gov and pay processing and issuance of your license. 
  • CPR & First Aid – Take this USCG Approved Online CPR & First Aid Course. Send a copy of your CPR & First Aid Card in with your application packet.

Application Packet Costs

The total cost of completing a USCG application packet will vary. The figures below are cost estimates based on our experience.

  • Physical and Drug Test – $160 – This is our best estimate for a physical and drug test.
    • Any primary care physician can complete the USCG Physical (719K).
    • We recommend US Drug Test Centers 866-566-0261 for scheduling a drug screen at a local lab.
  • TWIC – $125 – Applicants for original licenses must apply for a TWIC.
  • Pay.Gov – $145 – Pay for processing and issuance of your license. Renewals and modification of an existing license will cost less.
  • CPR & First Aid $74.95 – Online and USCG Approved.

Certificate of Training

The Certificate of Training satisfies USCG testing requirements. Once you complete the course and online final examination your Certificate of Training is issued. As a reminder, you can prepare and submit your application before completing the course. Keep in mind that due to USCG regulation, your Certificate of Training is only valid for one year.

  • If you completed the course first, please include your certificate of training with your application.
  • If you have already submitted your application, you can send your Certificate of Application via email to

Email your Application Packet

Please follow the USCG Electronic Submission Instructions to email your complete USCG Application Packet to the Regional Examination Center (REC) nearest you. The USCG processes and issues your license once they have evaluated your application packet. The USCG evaluation process takes about four to six weeks.

If your packet is incomplete or filled out incorrectly the USCG will mail you a letter explaining what additional