Academic Catalogs

Professional Mariner, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_MRPM
Control Number: 18998

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 Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  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 his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
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. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
MARA A150 Coastal Navigation 3
MARA A151 Maritime Industry 2
MARA A152 Boat Handling and Seamanship 3
Semester 2
MARA A153 Marine Basic Safety Training 4
MARA A154 Yachtkeeping and Engine Maintenance 2
MARA A156 Maritime Environment 2
Restricted Elective (see list) 3-5
 Total Units19-21

Professional Mariner Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
Any Foreign Language4-5
BUS A120Personal Financial Success3
FN A185Cultural Foods2
HLED/PUBH A100Personal Health Education3
KIN A107Fitness Programs I0.5-3
KIN A108Strength and Conditioning0.5-3
KIN A131Swimming for Fitness Level 11-2
LEAD A180Personal Leadership3
MARA A136Introduction to Sailing1
MARA A137Intermediate Sailing - Intro to Keel Boats1
MARA A138Introduction to Ocean Sailing1
MARA A157Radar Observer2
Professional Mariner Internship
and Professional Mariner Internship Lecture
Any Marine Science1-3
MATH A170Precalculus4
MATH A180Calculus 14