University of Alaska Southeast

Course Description

Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade

Code and NumberMTR - 241

Currently hold a license as Master 150 GRT or 200 GRT (or complete a 200 Ton Upgrade course within one year after taking this Apprentice Mate Upgrade course).

Sea Service:  540 days, including 360 days on towing vessels - AND 90 days on each route.

Complete TOAR

Mariners are encouraged to contact the USCG if they have any questions regarding their qualifications for this upgrade.


This course satisfies the USCG and STCW requirements for Apprentice Mate (Steersman) Upgrade (UNIVAS-33).  It is a sixteen hour program designed for mariners seeking a license as APPRENTICE MATE (STEERSMAN) of Towing Vessels.  Any student successfully completing the course will satisfy the USCG examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(i) for original issuance or 46 CFR 10.209(c)(iii) for renewal of a license as Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels or Mate(Pilot) of Towing Vessels.

Note: This course is not a stand-alone course unless the mariner already holds a Master/Mate not more than 200 GRT License.  If the appropriate license is not held, the mariner must take the full 100 Ton Master course and upgrade to 200 Ton Master within one year of completion of the Apprentice Mate course.


Coast Guard Licensing

Complete information regarding licensing can be found on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. The USCG checklist for the Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels is also available through the Coast Guard website. You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your licensing questions. Other useful phone numbers are below:

  • UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568
  • Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496
  • Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458