Mariner Credentialing

Able Seaman and LifeBoatman Survey

Submitted by the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing

The Coast Guard is seeking participation in a survey being conducted of mariners who hold Merchant Mariner Credentials with Able Seaman and Lifeboatman endorsements.

The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has been working on an initiative to improve the quality of the content of credentialing examinations. As part of this initiative the Coast Guard has been conducting a Job Task Analysis to validate examination content with the real world occupational practice carried out by mariners in today’s merchant fleet.

The first endorsements being analyzed are Able Seaman and Lifeboatman. We have consulted extensively with industry partners to collect information on the world of work mariners sailing on these endorsements are engaged in, and this is your opportunity to contribute. This survey will provide insight into your job and shape improvements to the Coast Guard examinations.

Mariners who hold endorsements as Able Seaman and Lifeboatman will receive an e-mail from containing a link to the survey and the dates the survey is open.  Your link to the survey will have a unique identifier to record your responses.  It is not linked to you personally and the information you provide will remain anonymous.  Your participation is encouraged for the benefit of the maritime community and the safety of the marine transportation system.

If you have questions regarding the survey please contact us at

Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated, we look forward to receiving your input.

U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing

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