Academic Catalogs

Professional Mariner, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_MRPM

Control Number: 18998

Financial Aid Eligible


Curriculum includes career path identification and job search preparation in the maritime industry, maritime environment, seamanship, marine safety, boat handling, navigation, and boat maintenance. In addition to lecture, most courses include hands-on practical exercises.

Students must be able to swim 50 yards and tread water for 10 minutes. Previous boating experience is advantageous but not required. Facility fees will be charged.

Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate verbally and in writing in a clear manner and with correct nautical protocol.
  2. Identify maritime career paths along with required U.S. Coast Guard licensing requirements.
  3. Demonstrate safe operation and maintenance of vessels.
  4. Demonstrate prevention and safety response in First Aid, Personal Survival and Social Responsibility at sea, as well as fire prevention and response.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
MARA A150Coastal Navigation3
MARA A151Maritime Industry2
MARA A152Boat Handling and Seamanship3
MARA A153Marine Basic Safety Training4
MARA A154Yachtkeeping and Engine Maintenance2
MARA A156Maritime Environment2
Restricted Electives3-5
Any Foreign Language
Personal Financial Success
Cultural Foods
Personal Health Education
Personal Health
Fitness Programs I
Strength and Conditioning
Swimming for Fitness Level 1
Personal Leadership
Introduction to Sailing
Intermediate Sailing - Intro to Keel Boats
Introduction to Ocean Sailing
Radar Observer
Professional Mariner Internship
and Professional Mariner Internship Lecture
USCG License Exam Preparation
Any Marine Science Course
Precalculus
Calculus 1
Total Units19-21

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MARA A156 Maritime Environment 2
MARA A151 Maritime Industry 2
MARA A152 Boat Handling and Seamanship 3
 Units7
Semester 2
MARA A153 Marine Basic Safety Training 4
MARA A154 Yachtkeeping and Engine Maintenance 2
MARA A150 Coastal Navigation 3
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVE(S) (See Requirements) 3-5
 Units12-14
 Total Units19-21