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Maritime Industry Certification Partners

Anchor Program


Lightship Relief
Jack London Square
Clay St / Water St Intersection
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 992-3545

Overview of Services:

Based in Seattle, WA and Richmond, CA, this program offers maritime training to underserved youth.

WE WILL HELP YOU GAIN THE SKILLS AND CREDENTIALS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY-LEVEL MARITIME POSITIONS. Apply today to learn more about launching a career as a Merchant Marine.

Credential: YES

Our Basic Seamanship training program teaches the skills and knowledge necessary to begin a Maritime career. Trainees blend classroom study with hands-on project work to gain experience and familiarization with work aboard a sea vessel.  

Equity Lens:

Our Mission is to prepare members of economically disadvantaged communities for prosperous careers in the Maritime Industry through education and skills development.

Fire Training Academy +  WA State Patrol + WA State University Extension


50810 Grouse Ridge Rd
PO Box 1273
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 453-3000


Overview of Services:

The Washington State Fire Training Academy is a firefighting training center near North Bend, WA. It is operated by the Washington State Patrol and includes classrooms, dormitories, and several simulation centers. The facility opened in 1984.

Equity Lens:

Emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within State Patrol's fire service to expand participating communities. Seattle Fire Department hosted a DEI workshop in December 2021.

Flagship Maritime Training Center


Foss Harbor Marina
821 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 905-5972


Captain Skip Anderson
Director & Licensing Instructor

Captain Jan Anderson
Registrar & Credential Processing

See also Tacoma Tide Flat Certification Program at:

Overview of Services:

Flagship Maritime Training Center is established to fully prepare entry-level maritime professionals for careers at or about the sea, to provide professional grade instruction for recreational boaters seeking the very best maritime classroom programs, and to administer USCG-approved training, examinations, and licensure as further testament to skills demonstrated and knowledge levels attained. 

Certification: YES

Successful completion of Flagship Captain’s License training courses earns graduates a USCG-approved completion certificate.

Enrollment in Flagship’s courses automatically includes full credentialing services, including package compilation and pre-screening, third-party authorization / durable power of attorney, complete notarial services, executing the Mariner’s Oath, processing of USCG evaluation and issuance fees, coaching regarding your TWIC card and your First Aid / CPR training, coordination of medical exams and drug screening, electronic submittal to the National Maritime Center, and complete follow-through to license issuance.

Equity Lens:

Some programs require you to be 18 years old, so not all training can apply to high school age students.

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport


N Custer Street
Aberdeen, WA 98520
(360) 589-8212


Haley Grimes

Overview of Services:

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport is a non-profit public development authority based in Aberdeen, WA. With a focus on teamwork and empowerment, our programs explore our shared history and  connections to the oceans with hands-on education opportunities for all ages. 

The Seafarer Collective is a program of GHHS. Our mission is to provide accessible learning platforms and career mentorship to aspiring mariners through online courses, industry panels, mariner mentorships, and USCG licensing support. Uniquely designed courses lead to student crewing opportunities onboard a variety of vessels.

K-12 MARITIME EDUCATION: Your class will board our amazing vessel and be guided by our crew through distinct learning stations on the history of Pacific exploration and trade.  This is all field trip based. Calling schools now to see if interested in field trips in 2022.  
“2 weeks Before the Mast” Volunteer aboard 2 weeks to learn about tall ships and lifestyle so you can crew on boats. Year-round program April to Oct."

Credential: YES

At the conclusion of their coursework, many Seafarer Collective students will apply to the National Maritime Center to receive an entry-level Merchant Mariner Credential or Able-Bodied Seaman Endorsement. The program offers both sea time and have online learning platform. School platform is not available at this time. Can also do testing. Scholarships and grants are available to qualified applicants to support equal access to TSC resources and learning pathways. 

Equity Lens:

Main focus is native kids, to get those youth out on the water. 

Section of river by waterfront is part of Quinault Tribe fishing waters. Some people from the Tribe are on associate board. Anything GHHS does has to be approved by the Tribe, e.g., if we want to improve the dock so Tribe and GHHS can both use it.

Despite the native youth focus, last year the boat crew was from LGBTQ+ community. So, GHHS does everything they can to recruit diverse folks.

Greater Western WA Pipe Trades Local #26

(Formerly: SW Washington Pipe Trades Center)


Southwest Region
8501 Zenith Court NE
Lacey, WA 98516
(360) 486-9400

Overview of Services:

5-yr. Union-based apprenticeship program. Train for Plumbing and Pipe-fitting. 

Apprenticeship is a primary post-educational option for those looking to start a career.  Apprentices can earn while they learn, unlike traditional college programs.  Apprentices are earning competitive wages and accruing retirement benefits while being backed with medical, dental, and vision insurance.  

What makes apprenticeships unique is the supervised experience in the field partnered with supplemental training in the classroom.  It is a great option for someone who loves to learn and work with their hands. 

Our programs include: Steamfitting, Commercial and Service Plumbing. Very competitive. Select about 10 students out of hundreds of applicants.

Credential: YES

Become licensed in WA State as Pipe fitter or Plumber. Apprentices get OJT with contracted partners. After 5 years, become journeyman.

Equity Lens:

Do outreach to women and minorities via Facebook and job fairs. L&I is the umbrella organization that does outreach.

Holland America Group


450 3rd Avenue W
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 336-6000

Overview of Services:

HAL Shoreside Campus is located on Seattle's Elliott Bay waterfront.
Your career is the best investment you can make. To take your skills to the next level, you may need some extra tools and resources along the way. That’s why Holland America Line is proud to present HAL University to help meet your goals.

HAL University equips our leaders with the skills necessary to succeed in their roles and to elevate teams to even higher levels of performance. Investments in professional growth can pay huge dividends in the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of our entire shipboard operation.

Our uncompromising commitment to safety and sustainability is reflected in our training and development programs. Shaped in accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s Standards of Training-Certification-and-Watchkeeping, these programs also address security, health and sanitation, ethics, company policies and procedures, regulatory requirements, and job-specific skills.

Credential: NO

As graduates of merchant marine academies, our deck and engine officers are knowledgeable about all aspects of maritime safety and crisis management. They participate in our training programs alongside the rest of our employees in order to stay current with our policies and procedures, which are regularly updated based on enhancements to our vessels and changes in regulatory requirements.

Seasonal customer service jobs from April - September.

Equity Lens:

With as many as 70 nationalities represented onboard our ships, Holland American Line offers an unparalleled opportunity for you to be immersed in a unique global workplace. 

We operate training centers in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Manila, Philippines, where a majority of shipboard employees are hired.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW46) (Also see PSEJATC)


19802 - 62nd Avenue S, Suite 105
Kent, WA 98032

Harry Thompson
Maritime Business Representative
IBEW Local 46
Executive Secretary, PSMTC
206.321.1314 cell

Overview of Services:

The GREATER PUGET SOUND ELECTRICAL WORKERS are proud to present Washington State Labor & Industries approved CEU classes for renewals of Electrical Certificates and Training Certificates (NOTE: Not all classes are approved for Trainees).

We also offer a few Oregon State approved classes. These classes are open to the public; however, for IBEW and Associate Members, these classes are FREE! For non-members, the class tuition is indicated on the schedule. Classes are held in Kent, Everett, Silverdale, Tacoma and DuPont.


Credential:  YES

Journeyman in Marine Electrician. 

3-year program. They partner with marine employers. 

Do all electrical on boat vessels. Slow right now, 4 apprentices; had as many as 32. 

Don’t make as much in wages as construction. More people going into that line of work right now., the class tuition is indicated on the schedule. Classes are held in Kent, Everett, Silverdale, Tacoma and DuPont.

Equity Lens

People come to this work training by word-of-mouth; hear from folks in industry; we goe to churches in those communities. And, go where minorities congregate.

Age – 18 years old, minimum. High school graduate or must have GED.

“There is a place in the IBEW for working people of every race and gender, every religion and sexual orientation, every background,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson in launching the implementation phase of the Union’s new diversity, inclusion and equity initiative, “IBEW Strong.”

Job Corps


Tongue Point Job Corps Center
Astoria, OR

Overview of Services:

At Tongue Point Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

Job Corps' Able Seaman program is offered through the Inland Boatmen's Union. Participants in this career pathway will work towards certification as an able seaman whose duties include standing watch on deck, working on equipment maintenance, and performing most of the labor required on a ship.


Credential:  YES

Certificate, Able Seaman

MITAGS West — Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies


(Formerly Pacific Maritime Institute;
also, Fremont Maritime Services is now part of MITAGS)

1729 Alaskan Way South
Seattle, WA 98134
206.441.2880 Main

Captain John Kjaerulff, Director
Business Development
206.255.8398 cell

Overview of Services:

MITAGS is the primary training center for members of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots (IOMM&P). It exists to enhance the professionalism of mariners through the development of quality maritime leadership, training, education, and safety programs.

MITAGS’ Maritime Apprenticeship Program (MAP) offers a cost-effective way for passionate individuals that possess little or no maritime experience to earn highly sought after mariner qualifications.

Employers contributing to the joint labor-management trust (known as the Maritime Advancement, Training, Education, and Safety (M.A.T.E.S.) Program) recognized the benefit of having well trained captains and deck officers serving on board their ships.  The concept proved so successful that training was extended to pilots and non-members as well.

Today, PMI and Fremont Maritime Svc have been merged into the MITAGS brand.  This provides students and companies with consistent high-quality simulation and training services at multiple locations.

MITAGS is the leader of State Pilot Training in the US, and internationally.


Credential:  YES

(Must come back every 5years to renew the credential.)

Able Seaman (AB)
Start out as deck hand, then go AB, to Mate, to Captain. 
The school’s watchkeeping assessment programs (Navigation Skills Assessment Program – NSAP®), and the Work Boat Academy Apprenticeships have received international recognition.  STCW 2010 Mate to Master Program / Maritime Apprenticeship programs: Upon completion, the Apprentice will be eligible to sit for their Mate’s license and will also hold their AB Limited.  In addition, all STCW requirements and assessments are met so the mariner will also receive their Able Seafarer-Deck and OICNW credentials to sail internationally.  

Equity Lens:

Had Commissioner Calkins from the Port of Seattle visit last summer. Getting the word out about the Tide Flats program at Tacoma HS.

Very much merit based.  Looking for hard workers who apply themselves. Very blue collar profession – respect for people who work hard.

Huge demand in all aspects.


North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners' Association (NPFVOA)


Vessel Safety Program

1900 West Emerson, Suite 101

Seattle, WA 98119


Karen Conrad, Executive Director

Overview of Services:

Commercial fishing is an inherently dangerous occupation. When every second counts, a well-trained crew is vital to survival at sea. Since 1985 NPFVOA has teamed with the Coast Guard and led the way in developing the safety standards for the maritime industry.

NPFVOA is a non-profit organization with a membership composed of approximately 250 vessels, support businesses and individuals totally dedicated to safety education and training for the commercial fishing industry and other mariners.

Courses offered in these disciplines: STCW, Drill, Medical, Survival, Firefighting, Maritime Essentials, Hazwoper, Shipyard Competent Person.


Credential:  YES

NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program offers ten Coast Guard-approved, hands-on safety training classes for mariners of all kinds, including commercial fishing, small passenger, workboat, and research vessel crews.

Equity Lens:

Not on our radar. Need courses for their employment. Open to anyone. Partner with MHS and do class for them.

Get on the water and do the exercises. 

Northwest Maritime Apprenticeship


2620 N Harbor Loop Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

Deborah Granger, Program Manager
Working Waterfront Coalition

Overview of Services:

On 7/15/21, the Whatcom Working Waterfront Foundation, an affiliate of the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County, proudly announced provisional approval of the Northwest Maritime Apprenticeship program.

From diesel engine repair to boat building/repair to fitting and rigging, this competency-based education/training program will provide Whatcom and Skagit County businesses with the trained workers needed to maintain and grow this booming sector. We are pleased to offer this new apprenticeship program: Marine Service Technician. Apprentices will receive specific training in general marine technology; safety; gasoline & diesel engine repair; repair of wooden, fiberglass, metal and composite hulls; installation/repair of electrical systems and electronic navigational equipment; repair & maintenance of shaft and propellers; paint and finish applications; operations and maintenance of steering, throttle, remote fuel and sanitation systems; master sailboat rigging techniques; practice rules & regs of maritime law; and more.


Pacific Maritime Association (PMA)


Seattle Office
301 West Republican Street
Seattle, WA 98119-0348

Mailing Address
PO Box 9348
Seattle, WA 98109-0348

PMA Training Facility - CLOSED
Pacific Northwest Training Center
3402 Lincoln Ave
Tacoma, Washington

Overview of Services:

The PMA is a member trade association. The Longshore Division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) represents waterfront employees on the U.S. and Canadian Pacific Coast, Hawaii, and Alaska. Nearly 15,000 ILWU workers are employed at West Coast ports. 

ILWU-PMA (The Longshore Division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union) training facilities are in each region along the West Coast, including Wilmington, CA; Oakland, CA; Tacoma, WA; and Portland, OR. Facilities host training sessions for longshore workers, clerks, and casuals in skills necessary to complete jobs in a productive, safe manner. Classes are multiple times a week in each region.

Opportunities on our docks with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 19 or 23 are through the Pacific Maritime Association.


Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (PSEJATC) (Also see IBEW46)


550 SW 7th Street
Renton, WA 98057

Clay Tschillard
Training Director
425.228.1777 ext. 101

Overview of Services:

The Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (PSEJATC) is a non-profit organization that provides the training required to receive certifications. PSEJATC is jointly sponsored by the Puget Sound Chapter of the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) and IBEW Local 46 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). 

It is the responsibility of PSEJATC to provide training for apprentices and journey-level electricians in the organized electrical industry within the IBEW local 46 jurisdiction which includes King, Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.


Credential:  YES

Inside Wire Apprenticeship - 
5-Year Associate Degree Program Electrician

Limited Energy/Sound and Communication Technician - 
3-Year Program

Residential Wire - 
2-Year Program

Gain journeyman license? Probably not. Union apprenticeship is dispatched out of IBEW46.


Seattle Area Pipe Trades Apprenticeship


Seattle Area Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry

595 Monster Road SW, Suite 100

Renton, WA 98057-2937



Heather Winfrey

Assistant Training Coordinator

206.550.4278 cell

Overview of Services:

Mission: To prepare future generations for success in the mechanical piping industry.

We believe an apprentice’s success is a three-legged stool:  personal, financial and professional. Our superior training system prepares apprentices to manage these areas in school, at work and in life. As a result, we cultivate the most competitive and competent mechanics in the piping industry.

We offer Marine Pipefitter Apprenticeship piping and repairing piping on boats. Very small group of people. Non-profit, affiliated with Local 32. 


Credential:  YES

Depends on which trade they apply for. 
Plumber would get plumbing license.
HVAC/Refrigeration would get electrical license with State of WA.

HVAC/Refrigeration, Plumber Steamfitter, Marine Pipefitter

Equity Lens:

Need to be 18+
Word-of-mouth via members. 
Do some career fairs.
Are reaching out to new audiences. 

Heather Winfrey


Seattle Maritime Academy - Seattle Central College


4455 Shilshole Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Dale Bateman, Associate Dean
Seattle Maritime Academy

Overview of Services:

The Seattle Central College's Seattle Maritime Academy provides classroom instruction, hands-on training, and offers two US Coast Guard-approved certificate programs that prepare you for a career in commercial and passenger transportation, commercial fishing, deep-sea sailing and the workboat industry. Both programs include an at-sea internship. Marine Engineering Technology: You will learn how to operate and maintain a wide range of marine propulsion plants and equipment. This includes engines, hydraulic systems, electrical systems and refrigeration equipment. Graduates satisfy the requirements needed to earn a USCG endorsement of Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED). Marine Deck Technology: You will learn how to perform all aspects of deck operations. This includes navigation, vessel handling, maintenance, knot work and line handling. Graduates satisfy the requirements needed to reach a USCG endorsement of Able Seaman (AB) Special. Other Educational Opportunities: Additionally, SMA provides training for both maritime professionals and recreational boaters. Professional Development: We offer customized training to help develop the workforce at maritime companies and organizations in the region. Continuing Education: Recreational boaters can learn basic navigation, knot-tying, small boat handling and more through our non-credit classes.


Credential:  YES

Coast-Guard approved Certificate in Marine Engineering Technology. Graduates also satisfy the requirements needed to earn a US Coast Guard endorsement of Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED).  

Coast-Guard approved Certificate in Marine Deck Technology. Graduates also satisfy the requirements needed to reach a US Coast Guard endorsement of Able Seaman (AB) Special.

Equity Lens:

DEI is a priority; at the fore of Dale's mind. He works with YMC, Goodwill, Maritime HS and other groups to diversify the student population and to ultimately diversify the maritime industry. He is “throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.”  SMA typically does outreach to high school students. Now developing outreach programs to engage diverse middle and elementary schools, to help plant the maritime seed and pathway at an earlier age.  Dale is in the early stages of partnership discussions with WA State Ferries to create a running start program at SMA so high school juniors and seniors can get the needed credits, training, and internships leading to AB and QMED jobs, post-graduation, with the Ferry system. He is looking at ways to fix systemic problems inherent in recruiting a new generation of diverse ferry workers that existed before but have been exacerbated by COVID.Dale also wants to know how best to engage with the Port. Not clear in his mind what levers the Port can pull to assist in these priorities.


Sound Testing, Inc.


PO Box 16204
Seattle, WA 98116
206.937.3848 FAX

Amy Liu
NFPA Certified Marine Chemist No. 706
Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
Asbestos Certified Building Inspector
Industry Trainer
Maritime Consultant
MACOSH Committee Member
MCA Flammable Cryogenic Liquid Carriers Endorsement

Overview of Services:

Sound Testing is a locally owned group of NFPA Certified Marine Chemists that have been serving the Maritime Industry since 1979.  All have chemistry background, and MA in industrial hygiene. 

3-day Class: This training course meets or exceeds the requirements of shipyard industry regulations: OSHA’s Maritime Standard 29 CFR 1915 Subparts A, B, C, D, H & P and your local Fire Department Permit Requirements for Repair and Hot Work on Marine Vessels. (Safety course for workers who might be doing inspections for their jobs.)
Sessions are presented by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), & certified Marine Chemists from Sound Testing, Inc. 
Emphases: Safe Confined Space Entry, Safe Hot Work, Meter Use & Calibration, Ventilation Best Practices, Respiratory Protection, Fire Protection and Firewatch.

Teamed up with local community college, Welding Certificate program, 6 month; teamed up with Vigor Industrial to give maritime safety course. 


Credential:  YES/NO

Certificate courses: So you can do these types of inspections, or get continuing ed updates.

Industrial Hygiene: Specifically in ship repair, conversions, new construction, and worker safety. 

We do both safety training and safety inspections.
Examples:  OSHA places requirements on sites to do regular inspections, or,  people have concerns of worker exposure, so we inspect. Pontoons stored by Garfield bridge need repairs--inspect. A container ship is damaged and long shoreman might need help if they need to cut into something --safety inspect. A container ship had fire on board and we inspect to make sure longshoremen were not exposed to dangerous gases.

Equity Lens:

Only 100 people nationwide that are Marine Chemists. Amy Liu is a woman and a minority.

Sound Testing did women and diversity in maritime industry presentation giving Amy Liu more exposure. Always looking for more diversity, for women and people of color to be represented. This industry is mostly male dominated.  

Doing outreach with Port-run Maritime HS, to connect and give exposure to these career pathways. Many avenues out there.

Partnering with Lake Union Dry Dock Co. to create internships for high school students to get exposure to shipyards. Taken those students on jobs to show them what they do. 


South Seattle College/Vigor Maritime Shipyard Welding Program, Harbor Island Training Center


South Seattle College
6000 - 16th Avenue SW 
Seattle, WA 98106

Mary Lockman, College Navigator

Professional & Technical Department

Overview of Services:

The Maritime Shipyard Welding Certificate program in partnership with Vigor Industrial provides training in welding theory, process and application understanding in the context specific to the marine industry. Focus includes Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMW), tack welding, SMAW-1F/2F-horizontai/3F-vertical/ 4F-overhead fillet weld positions, joint fit-up, back-gouging and other skills applied to a shipyard work environment. 

Other competencies include welds in vertical and overhead positions for marine operations and accomplishing welds out of doors in all weather conditions and in areas not easily accessible. Students will test for a range of maritime recognized certifications including NAVSEA and American Welding Society (AWS) certifications.


Credential: YES


Maritime Shipyard Welding


Tacoma Public Schools


Central Administration Building
601 South 8th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
(253) 571-1000


Adam Kulaas, Director
Career & Technical Education

Jeff Klancke
CTE Innovative Programs
(253) 571-1279

Chris Sieg
CTE Cooperative Work Experience
(253) 571-1024

Overview of Services:

Tacoma Tideflats - Merchant Marine Summer Program

The Tacoma Tideflats Program (US Merchant Marine) sets students up with a livable wage career in the international world of moving goods across the globe.  Imagine living and working on a ship, sailing all around the world, earning a high wage, and getting 2-to-1 vacation time ratio (ship tours range from 45 to 120 days). 

There are 3 job categories of Merchant Marine:

Deck - securing ship cargo, navigating the vessel, general maintenance of the ship.

Engine Room - maintaining mechanical systems (hydraulics, electrical, propulsion, etc.)

Steward - cooking for the crew and cleaning indoor areas.

This is an exciting summer program with lots of hands-on training and experiences. You will learn shipboard firefighting procedures; deploy and survive on life rafts; provide first aid and general awareness of personal safety; participate in 5 days of field trips to explore career opportunities.

Credential: YES

Merchant Marine credential:

Can do everything from tugboats to the Washington State Ferry System, Seafarers International Union (deep water ships), to fishing boats in Alaska.   

One of our most exciting options is the Seafarers International Union (SIU). They offer a full apprenticeship program and are eager to hire Tacoma graduates. They provide ALL future training opportunities for career advancement and connect you with jobs for the rest of your time in the union. Salaries start at $4,000 to $5,000 per month and go up quickly as you gain training and experience. The SIU Apprenticeship covers training, food, lodging, etc.

Equity Lens:

Another opportunity you can  explore is through JobCore. They offer additional training opportunities to get you in the maritime industry, again, all free to you (training, food, lodging, etc).

USCG Sector Puget Sound


1519 Alaskan Way S
Seattle, WA 98134

 Overview of Services:

We, the men and women of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, provide critical maritime services within the Pacific Northwest. Our missions - maritime security, safety, and national defense - require superior professionalism, devotion to excellence and the highest standards of integrity.

Training: You choose your career path based on your aptitude, physical abilities, security clearance, motivation and determination. The Coast Guard offers all specialties to both men and women equally and these specialties are now linked to the Coast Guard's Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program.  Our crews can be found conducting search and rescue, patrolling coast, sound and North Pacific to enforce safety and fisheries regulations, conducting safety and compliance inspections and exams on commercial vessels and waterfront facilities and protecting our nation's strategic defense and critical infrastructure.

D13 is home to the largest domestic ferry system in the U.S. moving 24 million passengers and 11 million vehicles annually across 10 routes, the 3rd largest cruise ship port, and the number one grain export gateway in the U.S. through the Columbia River.  

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