Vocational Training

Build your skills. Grow your career.

Maritime employees in Washington State earn an average of $70,800 per year which is well above the state average for other workers. Have you considered a career in the Maritime Industry? Free, grant-supported training is now being offered by the Northwest Maritime Center and Compass Courses. Participants must be residents of Jefferson, Clallam, Kitsap, or Pierce Counties. Special preference will be given to women, minorities, and economically disadvantaged people.


Tanya Rublaitus
Vocational Training Manager
360.385.3628 x126

Basic Safety Training

March 26-30, 2018

This 5-day, 40-hour course is designed for all seafarers with designated safety or pollution-prevention duties aboard their ship. Basic Safety Training satisfies the STCW Basic Training requirements for all licenses and endorsements as outlined in Subpart C – §11.302 of Part 11, Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations.

Basic Fire Fighting

This two-day class teaches the fundamentals of fire, how it starts, and how to extinguish shipboard fires. The course includes one day of classroom theory and one day of live-fire training. The live-fire practical assessment is conducted at either the Washington State Fire Training Academy or at Fremont Maritime Services – India Tango, by fire fighters with years of maritime experience. Both facilities provide excellent hands on training where mariners combat realistic shipboard fires in controlled environments.

Any mariner who successful completes this course satisfies the training required by Section A-VI/1, as outlined in Table A-VI/1-2 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(2); AND the Basic Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(d) and 11.401(g)(1) for an officer endorsement; AND the Fire Fighting training requirements of 46 CFR 13.207, 13.307, 13.407, or 13.507 for any Tankerman endorsement.

Personal Survival Techniques

This is arguably the most critical module of Basic Safety Training. Mariners learn, practice, and demonstrate the skills required to safely and successfully use lifejackets, liferafts and immersion (survival) suits. Practical assessments are conducted in the comfort and safety of a swimming pool allowing students to focus on the training, not the cold water.

Any mariner who successfully completes this Personal Survival Techniques course satisfies the Personal Survival Techniques competencies of Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-1 of the STCW Code, as amended and 46 CFR 11.202 (b)(1).

First Aid & CPR

This course is taught by experienced medical care providers. It covers basic First Aid and CPR using an AED and emphasizes the techniques and methods used at sea. By successfully completing this course seafarers are able to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency. Any mariner who successfully completes this course will be able to take immediate action upon encountering an accident or another medical emergency.

This course covers the training required by STCW Section A-VI/1 and Table A-VI/1-3 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(3); AND if presented within one year of the date of training, the First Aid and CPR training requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(e)(1)(ii) and 11.205(e)(2)(iii) for original issuance of an officer endorsement.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

This module of BST covers the real world aspects of working on vessels that are crucial to a safe and healthy workplace. Topics covered include emergency procedures, how to understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties, preventing marine pollution, observing safe working practices, and contributing to effective human relationships on board ship.

Any mariner who successfully completes this PSSR course satisfies the Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities competencies of Table A- VI/1-4 of the STCW Code as amended, and 46 CFR 11.202(b)(4).

What to bring:
For Basic Fire Fighting, Compass Courses recommends jeans/sweatpants and a t-shirt to wear under the bunker gear and a clean change of clothes. Synthetic clothing, tank tops, and shorts are not recommended. A tight seal on the facemask is required for safety – participants must be clean shaven. For Personal Survival Techniques, long swim shorts (no Speedos or bikinis) and a t-shirt are required in the pool at all times. Don’t forget a towel.

Master 100 GRT

March 12-16 & March 19-23, 2018
Take the Exams with Us! These are “in lieu of exam” courses, which means you take the USCG exams at our school. This provides you the opportunity to relax, test in a familiar environment where you’ve been practicing, and reduce the stress of testing. Successful completion of our course earns you a certificate that you take to the USCG.
Our Master License courses offer two weeks of classroom instruction by professional, licensed captains. We don’t simply “teach to the test”. Our instructors provide the highest quality classroom instruction, giving you the skills and knowledge needed to operate a vessel with confidence. The Compass Courses staff can help guide you through the whole process, including documenting your sea time and assistance with the application process.

100 Ton Master Inland/Near Coastal:

This is the course for you whether you are working as a deckhand and looking to make your way into the wheelhouse, or you own your own vessel and are interested in operating private charters. Our 100 Ton License course is 80 hours, runs two weeks, Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm and covers:
• Rules of the Road
• Navigation and Chart Plotting
• Deck General
• Deck Safety & Environmental
• Navigation General

Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)

Our 100 Ton Captains course is also approved to meet the requirements for Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) commonly known as a Six Pack license.
What does this mean to you? A Near Coastal license may be closer than you think. With only 90 days of Near Coastal sea service and at least 360 days total sea service, you should be eligible for an OUPV Near Coastal license. Should you want to work as an operator of a small charter vessel off the coast you can. (The vessel must, however, not be inspected, be less than 100 GRT carrying a maximum of 6 passengers and remaining within 100NM of the US.)

Special Note- If you have been approved by the USCG for a 100 Ton Master/ 150 Ton Mate license you will need to take the 200 Ton Master course to fulfill the exam requirements of the 150 Ton Mate rating.

Any applicant who has successfully completed you Master 100 Tons course and presents you Certificate of Training within on year of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 11.205(f) for original issuance, 46 CFR 10.227(d)(8)(i)(B) for renewal, and 46 CFR 10.227(g) for reissuance, of a merchant mariner endorsement as Master or Mate of not more than 100 gross tons Upon Near Coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland, or Inland Waters, OR, Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) Upon Near Coastal, or Great Lakes & Inland, or Inland Waters.

5-DAY Original Radar Observer (Unlimited) Course

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This course trains students in the proper use of radar for risk assessment, collision avoidance, and navigation. The curriculum meets USCG and IMO requirements for radar training. Classroom instruction allows students to master the theories behind effective use of RADAR equipment, and “hands-on” training on our TRANSAS computer Radar simulator. Our course satisfies the requirements for certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tons (ITC).

Any applicant who has successfully completed our 5-Day Radar Observer (Unlimited) course, including successful demonstration of all practical assessments, will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.480 for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Unlimited) and the radar training requirements for the certification as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code; OICNW-1-2B; OICNW-1-2C; OICNW-3-1A; OICNW-3-11B; OICNW-3-1C; OICNW-3-1D; OICNW-3-1E; OICNW-3-1F; OICNW-3-1G; OICNW-3-1H; OICNW-3-1I; OICNW-3-1J; OICNW-3-1K; and OICNW-3-1L. Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

ARPA Course

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This four-day course will satisfy the training and assessment requirements for ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aids) will satisfy the ARPA training requirements for both 46 CFR 11.202(C) and the STCW ARPA assessments for OICNW 3-2A through 3-2N. Subjects include a review of rapid radar plotting techniques, ARPA history and development, ARPA display characteristics, ARPA limitations and errors, and training in the practical application of ARPA for collision avoidance.

Any applicant who has successfully completed your Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) (COMPAS-37) course will satisfy the ARPA training requirements of the following:

• 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.307(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xiv);
• 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.313(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.315(a)(3)(v);
• 46 CFR 11.317(a)(3)(vii); 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(viii); and 46 CFR 11.321(a)(3)(vii).

AND has met the desired standard of competence for tasks 3.1, 3.2.A, 3.2.B, 3.3.A, 3.4, 3.5.A, and 3.6 of NVIC 12-14 (Ch-1). Applicants are not required to present completed record of assessment sheets when applying for the STCW endorsement.