It took weeks of application preparation; including medical pokings and proddings, gathering positive character references (of which there were several!), completing criminal background checks, and tallying total days spent aboard self-propelled, motor, and sail vessels. Once the application was prepared and submitted, more weeks passed while awaiting confirmation that the application was, indeed, complete.
Approval! Phase two, studying; once the application had been approved, now permitting Brian to test for his United States Coast Guard (USCG) Captain's License, months were spent studying. To minimize his stress during this rigorous independent study, Brian simultaneously cruised the French Waterways. Brian was able to schedule a test date with an official USCG testing center to occur during our visit to California.
Phase three, the actual test. The test consisted of five, written modules; ever an overachiever, Brian completed all five modules in one day...and PASSED!!
Brian is now licensed with a USCG Master License for up to 50-ton vessels. We're super proud of him!
From Stephanie Grandjean on Jul 30, 2015
Congratulations to you both! Well done!
From Mary Marie on Jul 30, 2015
Most excellent accomplishment!!
From Marilyn M on Jul 30, 2015
Congratulations! I know how hard he worked on this and I'm so happy for him. What a feat!!! Kudos.
From Jesse K on s/v Smitty on Jul 29, 2015
Funny, must be the week they finally printed. Mine came in last week and my Bride's came in Monday. Same exact application, I got 50 ton and she got 100 ton. No explanation.