Washington State Ferry Maritime Apprenticeship Program

Become an Licensed Deck Officer aboard the Washington State Ferries

Fast Track Your Way Into the Wheelhouse!

Little to No Experience Needed! 


MITAGS’ West Coast Campus in Seattle, Washington, is pleased to announce a new two-year state-registered maritime apprenticeship program (MAP) with the Washington State Ferries to obtain a license as Mate Unlimited (Inland).

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Benefits of the Washington State Ferry Maritime Apprenticeship Program (MAP)

  • Earn a Mate’s License in two years versus the normal six to eight years;
  • Increase employability options by acquiring credentials as both Able Seafarer and Mate;
  • Train on the majority of WSF routes and document pilotage trips for each.
  • Learn about the Washington Ferry System and the duties involved in being a Washington State ferry deckhand.

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The Washington State Ferry Maritime Apprenticeship Program combines approximately 24 weeks of classroom, lab and simulation training with one year of service aboard state ferries. Sea service acquired before joining the program does not count as part of the one year of sea service requirement. Each academic phase is 4-8 weeks long. The sea phases range from 4 to 6 months, with ample time available to log 360 days of sea time, plus take some needed time off.

In addition to not having a salary during the two-year program, apprentices will be required to pay their own transportation to and from the vessels and will need to provide for their own meals while onboard.

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