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STCW 2010 Chief Mate to Master Program


This STCW-2010 training program is designed for the experienced mariner who wants to upgrade to Chief Mate / Master’s level. This program offers all the requirements for the mate to upgrade, including most of the required practical assessments of skills. The courses required for this upgrade are outlined below.  Please note that the Pacific Maritime Institute offerings are limited to Advanced Navigation, Advanced Shiphandling, and ECDIS.

The CMM program is thirteen weeks (65 days) of formal training that provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Chief Mate and Master.  The courses are constantly updated and taught by highly experienced instructors. Where applicable, advanced simulation is incorporated into the courses.  MITAGS has prepared more deck officers to move up to the management level than any school in the United States.

Although not part of the program, many students also enroll in optional courses such as  Flashing Light, Radar Renewal, License Preparation, and Medical Person In Charge.

Please note that with the implementation of NVICs 10-14 and 11-14 the only courses that will be required by the National Maritime Center are ECDIS, Advanced Weather, Advanced Stability, Leadership & Managerial Skills, and Advanced Shiphandling.

Eligible students may also access Veterans Benefits for CMM Courses.

Use the jump list  below to access more details on each require CMM Course.  All courses but Leadership & Managerial Skills (LMS) within the program use the prefix "CMM."  To enroll, please go to the Schedule and Registration Page.

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Onboard Assessments

Mariners who began training or service before March 24, 2014, will not be required to provide assessments for endorsements as Master or Chief
Mate on Vessels of 500 GT or More and Less Than 3,000 GT until January 1, 2017. Mariners who began the service or training for their
endorsement after March 24, 2014, must provide evidence of meeting the standard of competence specified in Section A-II/2 of the STCW Code by
completion of the assessments in this enclosure (2) to NVIC 11-14, or an approved equivalent alternative. After December 31, 2016, all mariners must provide evidence of having achieved the required standard of competence as specified in Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code (46 CFR 11.311(a)(2) and 11.313(a)(2)).


Captain Al,

The classes at MITAGS were long and time consuming, however the seeds that were planted have proven useful in my job. Not long after receiving my license, I was promoted to Chief Mate aboard my ship. It was rather sudden and with no introduction, other than the common knowledge I had acquired. The stability portion of my curriculum has come in handy, as I have built excel spreadsheet formulas from our classroom activity and use them to verify data. In reflection of my past tours at MITAGS, I can honestly say that I did not see the full benefits I was obtaining. Thus after my first tour as Chief Mate, I want to say "thank you" for your professional dedication in which I have pulled confidence upon.   John Bilich, Alumni, Chief Mate / Master Program”  JayJohn Bilich, Alumni, Chief Mate / Master Program