Able Seaman 40 Hour Training Course


This 5-day, 40-Hour entry level Able Seaman course is designed to provide workers on commercial vessels with the information necessary to perform their jobs safely and effectively while at sea. Information provided in this course meets the requirements set forth by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCGS) and serves as the introductory steps towards obtaining an AB endorsement


Following the completion of training, successful students will be able to demonstrate the necessary safety and protective measures to serve in the Deck Department of a commercial vessel as well as understand the steps necessary to obtain an Able Seaman (AB) endorsement.


This Able Seaman course will take place over 5 days and cover the following topics:

  • Applicable USCGS Regulations
  • Associated AB endorsements and how to obtain them
  • Seaman skills
  • Introduction to firefighting
  • Watchstanding
  • Vessel Maintenance
  • Freight Management and Control


At the conclusion of this health and safety training course, students will be required to successfully complete two separate 50 question tests covering the general “rules of the road”, navigation, and deck general. Each test requires students to achieve a minimum passing score of 70%

In addition, students will be required to complete a knot tying test involving 10 knots chosen at random. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved to pass this portion of the test.

Who Should Attend?

Individuals wishing to obtain the Able Seaman (AB) certificate, Individuals interested in a career in the Marine industry onboard merchant vessels

Suggested Progression

Proficiency in Survival Craft (required by USCGS regulations to obtain AB certificate)

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