The Merchant Mariner Credential is valid for 5-years. Consequently, the renewal period is anytime before it expires to one-year after it expires. There are three ways to renew. Firstly, the mariner can document 360-days of sea service experience in the past 5-years. Secondly, the mariner may take an MMC Renewal Course (AKA a license refresher course). Or thirdly, the mariner may take a comprehensive open book Coast Guard exam.
License Refresher ($200 / 1-day)
This MMC renewal course will satisfy the renewal requirements for OUPV, or Master or Mate 25, 50, 100, or 200-ton. To clarify, this course replaces the experience requirement for renewal. On the other hand mariners able to document 360-days in the past five-years do not need this course to renew.
This License Refresher course is available any day the school is open, Monday through Sunday. Above all call Pat at 503-841-6066 for more information or to schedule this course.
MMC Renewal – Radar Observer
Radar Observer endorsements expire every 5-years with the MMC. Consequently failure to renew a Radar Observer endorsement will result in removal of the endorsement from the MMC. However, regulations effective 2019 have added an alternative to taking a course for renewal.
The Coast Guard will accept on-board training and experience through acceptable documentary evidence of 1 year of relevant sea service within the last 5 years in a position that routinely uses radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on vessels equipped with radar as meeting the refresher or re-certification requirements.46 CFR 11.480 (g)
Alternatively, mariners not able to document the experience may complete an MMC Renewal Course (AKA Radar Recertification).
Radar Recertification ($200 / 1-day)
This MMC renewal course will satisfy the renewal requirements for an Radar Observer endorsement. To clarify, this course replaces the experience requirement for renewal. On the other hand mariners able to document the experience do not need this course to renew.
This Radar Recertification course is available any day the school is open, Monday through Sunday. Above all call Pat at 503-841-6066 for more information or to schedule this course.
Download our FREE Radar Renewal Study Guide. Note that there is a printable radar plot-sheet on the last page of this study guide.
As an alternative to this course, our ARPA course will also meet the Radar Observer renewal requirements.