Mariner Credentialing

9/6/2018: Merchant Mariner Examination Working Group Update

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website Sept. 5, 2018 regarding merchant mariner examination working groups.

Section 315 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act required the United States Coast Guard to commission a working group to review existing and new examination questions for accuracy and availability of examination references.

The Examinations page of the NMC website has been updated to provide an outline of the process for requesting membership in the working group. Requests may be submitted at any time.

To be considered, please email the following documents to

1. Résumé – Click here for what your resume should include.

2. Non-Disclosure Agreement and Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

Be sure to review the Examinations page for full details.

In an effort to increase participation, the NMC will hold a review session for engineers at the STAR Center in Dania Beach, Florida, on November 6–8, 2018. We will review general engineer officer topics, and therefore we need participation from a wide range of engineers to ensure a comprehensive review. If you would like to participate in this, or any other session, please follow the process on the Examinations page, as described above. Once we review your request, we will contact you to discuss further details. Additional regional working group sessions may be scheduled.

Examination question review is an opportunity to help the NMC and your fellow mariners make long-term improvements to the knowledge examination system. We need your expertise. Let your voice be heard.

Should you have any questions, please use the e-mail address provided on the Examinations page, or contact the NMC customer service center via e-mail at, by Chat from the NMC Website, or by phone at 888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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