Set Sail on Your Seafaring Journey

Our Apprentice Program offers a unique, world-class maritime training experience unparalleled in North America. We’re here to help you find the right career opportunity based on your interests. During every step of the process, we will support you toward a rewarding maritime career.

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Our Maritime Apprentice Program is the largest training program for new mariners in the United States. The apprentice program prepares students to start their seafaring career with entry-level positions in any department on board. No maritime experience is required to attend the program.

You must be 18 years old to apply. Even if you already have the skills that are required for the deck, engine, and steward departments, the U.S. Coast Guard requires sea time, training, and examination before you can obtain the necessary ratings.

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Guaranteed a First Job

Our Apprentice program provides the necessary training to work aboard U.S. Merchant Vessels. When you complete the entire program, you are guaranteed a first job.

All applicants will have to successfully pass an SIU Physical and Drug test through an Hiring Hall. You will need a valid U.S. Passport. For more information, visit

If you have specific questions, you can refer to the Training and Careers tab on and review the Apprentice Program overview, Or call the Admissions Office at 1-800-732-2739.

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