4-Month Employer Led Training:  Introduction to the Maritime Industry

Educate The Block at NJCU is facilitating Employer Led Merchant Mariner Training which is a 4 -month program in partnership with the North Atlantic Mates, Masters and Pilots Union. This course prepares students to work in union occupations in demand in the tri-state areas. This program is designed to develop communication and vocational skills, to be able to fluently understand the responsibilities, skills required and upcoming workloads for the Seaman industry.

Training to become Merchant Mariners creates pathways for people to enter great careers.


  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Drivers License is Preferred

Successful program completers receive the following:

  • NJCU Certificate of Completion for Maritime Fundamentals
  • OSHA Wallet Card
  • TWIC: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (Upon Offer of Employment)
  • ½ the Union Due IF they are hired and pass all mandated drug tests and background checks.

Our Maritime Division currently has relationships with the following organizations

  • Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts
  • NY Water Taxi
  • Statue Cruises
  • Red Hook Erie Bason
  • Statue Cruises
  • Clipper City
  • Battery Park & Port JC
  • Buchanan
  • Vessel Transportation
  • Oil Petroleum Barges


Merchant Mariner Program