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Licensed Occupation
Licensed Occupation      (United States)

Description:  Requirements for an Able Seaman license include a medical certificate of excellent health, and a certificate attesting to vision, color perception, and general physical condition. While no experience or formal schooling is required, training at a union-operated school is the best source. With experience at sea, and perhaps union-sponsored training, an ordinary seaman with a Merchant Marine Document (MMD) can pass the Able Seaman exam and move up with 3 years of service. Please see the U.S. Coast Guard web site at: http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/index.htm, the Veteran's Employment and Training Service (VETS) web site at http://umet-vets.dol.gov/ableseaman.htm, and the Federal Code of Regulations (46 CFR12.02-11) at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_02/46cfr12_02.html

License Agency:
United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center
2100 2nd St., SW
Washington DC 20593-0001
202-267-0218
http://www.uscg.mil/stcw/index.htm

Source: CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
Note: Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from USDOL. States are required to submit updated license information once every two years.