AB to Mate Program

The AB to Mate program is designed for able seafarers that have 1080 days of sea service.  It will provide all of the STCW-2010 training requirements needed to attain an STCW Officer In Charge of a Navigation Watch (OICNW) and a USCG Third Mate Oceans or Near Coastal License.


Our goal is to support mariners and provide a professional, relaxed atmosphere to assist in the completion of this demanding program.  MITAGS strives to bring real shipboard experience and relevance to all of the courses.  Advanced simulation technology is used in many of classes to complete assessments and develop professional skill sets.  Additionally, the Institutes make use of experienced and talented instructors to help “bring the material alive.”


Completion of the program will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Mate.


Use the table below to access information on the courses within this program of study at our east coast and west coast campuses.    


Optional courses are available to attain endorsements for Tankerman Person In Charge (TPIC), Medical Person In Charge (Med-PIC) and other endorsements for candidates with the requisite sea service.

Most of these courses may be taken in any order with exceptions being:

  • Radar Observer Unlimited should be taken before ARPA and Watchkeeping
  • Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation should be taken before ECDIS, Watchkeeping, and Celestial Navigation
  • Basic Stability is recommended to be taken before the Cargo Handling & Stowage, but this is not a requirement
  • If being taken, LAP will be the final course


We invite you to contact us, and call our students for their testimonials to see, first hand, the MITAGS difference.  Again, thank you for your interest in our AB to Mate Program.


MITAGS… “The Leader in Maritime Professional Training, Operational Research, Port Modeling and Simulation Studies”

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AB to Mate Program Brochure

“MITAGS has a special group of people.  We as members of the Masters, Mates & Pilots are truly lucky to be able to work with the instructors and staff at MITAGS.  I will forever support, promote and champion MITAGS and the AB to Mate Program.  I look forward to the Chief Mate / Master Program”

Gregory Ferris

Able Seaman to Mate Graduate, IOMMP