Proctored Exam Description:
Registering for the Able Seaman Proctored Exam reserves your exam date to complete the US Captain’s Training exams for AB and provides you with our exclusive coupon rate for the online course.
Students must register separately for Able Seaman (On-Line) at the USCT webpage. The cost of the online course (paid to USCT) is $445.00. This is in addition to the $150.00 proctored exam, for a total course cost of $595.00.
Students who require a second day of testing (to repeat failed exams or for more time) will need to register for a make-up day ($100).
US Captain’s Training Able Seaman Course Description
An able seaman (AB) is a rating of the deck department of a merchant ship with more than two years’ experience at sea and considered “well acquainted with his duty.” An AB may work as a watchstander, a day worker, or a combination of these roles.
Registering with USCT enrolls you in the three exam modules that make up the course:
USCT Class materials
Everything needed to complete the Navigation and Rules of the Road Exam Module as well as the Deck General / Safety Exam Module is found in the USCT online classroom.
The Marlinespike Seamanship Practical Demonstration requires a three strand line to demonstrate splicing and any line about four feet long to tie knots. For splicing we recommend a three strand nylon line with electrical tape whipping as seen in the online videos. For knot tying we recommend a line about 4 feet long. Bring the lines you practice with to the in-person final examination.
Line can be purchased at the School of Sailing and Seamanship Lazarette (bookstore).
Once you complete the course and final examination your file is processed by USCT and your Certificate of Training is issued via email and snail mail. A Certificate of Training satisfies USCG testing requirements and it is valid for one year from the issuance date on the certificate.
Learn more about how to apply for your USCG endorsement HERE.