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Maritime programs

Puget Sound Maritime Programs

Maritime education is in demand.

But if you are both qualified and willing, you'll probably find the program that fits your career goals.

Check out these maritime programs for your training needs:

Featured Post-Secondary Schools
Additional Post-Secondary Schools
Community & Technical Colleges
K-12 and Young Adult Programs

Or, to learn more about the type of training you will need, see our sea-based
and land-based careers sections.


Pacific Maritime Institute

This school offers licensing and certifications for many sea-based maritime positions. As a non-profit organization, it reinvests all proceeds into materials, technology and instruction. It teaches students leadership, a strong work ethic and a respect for safety.

The Workboat Academy

Part of the Pacific Maritime Institute, the Workboat Academy offers a two-year vocational/apprenticeship program which prepares people for deck side positions (ordinary seamen, able seamen, captains, etc.). Graduates work in every sector of the workboat industry—cruise ships to oil tankers. The school has turned heads nationally, claiming to build more competent officers than any other maritime training institute in the U.S. They offer job placement assistance, hands-on training, and three room-sized full-mission ship handling simulators.

Seattle Maritime Academy

Part of Seattle Central Community College, SMA is the longest-running maritime training provider in Washington—and the only state-funded one as well. With forty years of experience, it offers the Marine Engineer Technology and the Marine Deck Technology programs. Engineers receive their QMED (Qualifying Member of an Engineering Department) with five endorsements (and a sixth optional one). Both are one-year intensive programs provide vocational education, technical training and licensure preparation.
In early 2014 the school will double in size, offering deck officer training and more in a new, larger facility. It will provide the only four-year maritime degree in the state.
Due to caring, hands-on instruction and small class size, about 95% of students who enter the program complete it.

California Maritime Academy

Part of California State University in Vallejo, California, The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) offers bachelor's degrees in international business and logistics, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering. It is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States—and the only one on the West Coast.

Preparing students for various facets of the maritime industry, their programs include classroom instruction as well as experiential learning—including a two-month international training cruise.

Compass Courses Maritime Training

Located in Edmonds, Washington, this private training organization offers fifteen licensing and safety training courses. Its programs include classroom training and hands-on experience using their RADAR simulator lab. It is open to experienced mariners and people who are new to the industry.

Crawford Nautical School

After starting out in New Orleans, this school has been preparing mariners for U.S. Coast Guard deck and engine licensing examinations for almost 90 years. Now located in Seattle, Washington, it focuses on all areas of sea-going life: deep sea, coastal and inland waters. The school specializes in licenses for deck and engine personnel but also offer STCW courses, Radar Endorsements & Renewals, FCC Radio License and Flashing Light Exams.

Fremont Maritime Services

The only civilian firefighting school the U.S. Navy hires to train and evaluate their seagoing personnel, this private vocational school teaches maritime safety and emergency response, including fire, flood, abandon ship, and man overboard procedures.



McMillan Offshore Training

Columbia Pacific Maritime

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education

Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center

Cap Sante International

American Red Cross of King & Kitsap Counties

Explorer's Guide, LLC

Fryar's Maritime Service

Global Maritime & Transportation School

Marine Rescue Consultants

Maritime Institute

North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners Association

Remote Medical International

Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association



In addition to the certifications listed, these and other area community colleges may also offer International Trade and Business, Travel and Tourism Industry Management, General Business, Global Business, Transportation & Secure Logistics, Supply Chain Management and other maritime-related programs.

Lake Washington Technical College
Offers Motorcycle, Marine and Power Equipment Service Technician certifications.

Olympic College
Offers Marine Systems Technology certifications.

Renton Technical College
Offers Marine Pipefitter certifications.

Seattle Central Community College
Offers Marine Deck Technician, Marine Engineering Technology, and Marine Carpentry certifications.

Skagit Valley College
Their Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology offers certificates in Environmental Conservation with a Marine Emphasis, Marine Composites Technician, Marine Maintenance Technology, Marine Propulsion/Diesel Technician, and Marine Systems/Electrical Technician.

South Seattle Community College
In addition to the programs offered by the Seattle Maritime Academy, SSCC offers Marine Electrician and Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology certifications.

Olympic College
Offers Industrial Trades Technician certification.



The Youth Maritime Training Association
The YMTA promotes maritime career exploration among K-12 students throughout the Puget Sound area, providing scholarships, career fairs, and advising and skills training.

Running Start Programs
Running start programs are offered through the public school system, providing high school students with an opportunity to take maritime-related classes at local vocational schools.

For more information, talk to your high school career counselor.

Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center
Sno-Isle is a public school offering technical training for high school students from Arlington, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Skykomish, Snohomish, South Whidbey and the Sultan school districts.

For more information, talk to school district officials.

The Anchor Program
Based in California, this program provides maritime vocational and life skill training to at-risk youth and young adults.

Tongue Point Job Corps
Based in Oregon, this school provides welding and seamanship QMED programs.