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How much is the tuition?

Tuition for the Workboat Academy is currently $37,500. It is paid in pre-scheduled increments over the duration of the program. Tuition includes books and simulation fees.

Is there financial aid available?

The Workboat Academy is proud to honor the Post 9/11 GI Bill however, at this time, Federal financial aid is not available.

How much is the stipend?

In the Workboat Academy program, the stipend while on the vessel depends on the Apprentice’s previous experience and is at the Partner Company’s discretion. Some companies abide by the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) stipulated stipend of $30 a day, whereas other companies offer a higher stipend.

Can I be assigned to a company without enrolling in the program?

The Workboat Academy is not a placement agency, rather it helps match apprentices with Partner Companies for the required training during the sea phase portions of the program.

Do I have to find a company to take me on as an Apprentice?

The Workboat Academy has built strong partnerships with the Partner Companies and, knowing the needs and requirements of each company, matches the right Apprentices with the right companies.

Do I have any say in what company I may apprentice with?

As much as is practicable, applicant’s preferences are taken into consideration.

What will my salary be once I successfully completed the Program?

Salaries are determined by many factors but the median rate for a Mate is $400 per day.

How long are the sea phases?

The length of each trip depends on the needs of the company and can be anywhere from a week to a couple of months in duration. Apprentices are given an ample amount of time to complete their required days at sea.

How many academic phases are there?

Workboat Academy Baltimore has four academic phases and four sea phases. There are seven academic phases and seven sea phases at Workboat Academies Seattle and New Orleans.

Is housing included in the tuition?

Housing is not included in the tuition. Workboat Academy Baltimore has a hotel on campus which offers students a discounted rate of $108 per day. This includes room, meals, and amenities.

Can I work on the side while in the Program?

Working on the side while attending the Workboat Academy is challenging.  Apprentices spend 360 calendar days at sea and approximately 28 weeks in the classroom during the program. Due to the seasonal and unpredictable nature of the Maritime Industry, it is difficult to forecast days off.

How long is the program?

The duration of the program is 28 months; however some participants have finished in as few as 24 months.

What class hours will I have?

Classroom hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Some classes meet on Saturdays.  Homework is regularly assigned for outside class time and, for classes longer than 1 week in duration, homework is assigned over the weekend.

I have a DUI - what can I do to attend?

Canadian law defines a DUI a federal offense and will not admit those with DUIs into the country.  Because of this, the Workboat Academy is unable to accept applicants with DUIs, regardless of how long ago the offense occurred, into the Baltimore or Seattle programs. Acceptance of applicants with DUIs in the New Orleans program is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Does the Workboat Academy assist with job placement once I complete the program?

Sailing and working 360 days within the program allows the Partner Company to extensively observe and evaluate Apprentices. Over 90% of our alumni stay on with the company with whom they apprenticed.

When does the Program start?

The Workboat Academy Seattle begins each year in March. The Baltimore Workboat Academy begins twice each year, in April and October. The New Orleans Workboat Academy typically starts twice each year, in January and June.

Can I use courses I took previously for this program?

The Workboat Academy Program is a United States Coast Guard approved training program.  As such, the USCG accepts the training students receive in the classroom as well as time onboard vessels, and Apprentices are credited with two-thirds of the necessary sea time required for a Mate’s license. This arrangement with the USCG does not allow for courses taken elsewhere, and all courses are required in order to complete the program.

Can I use previously used sea time for this program?

For details, please phone the Workboat Academy at (206) 441-2880 ext 121.

Are all the programs the same?

The Workboat Academy Deck programs on all three campuses are identical.  Baltimore and Seattle participants Apprentice primarily on Tugboats while Apprentices in New Orleans work mostly on Offshore Supply Vessels.

How is it decided which coast I apprentice on?

Baltimore Workboat Academy Apprentices will be matched with East Coast companies, Seattle Apprentices with companies on the West Coast, and Apprentices in New Orleans will be matched with companies in the Gulf of Mexico.

Do I have to move to the city my campus is located in?

Students are required to be on campus during the classroom phases of the program but are not required to relocate to the city in which the campus is located. Many Apprentices find temporary lodging for the classroom phases.

Am I too old for this program?

The Workboat Academy is open to anyone that is qualified for the position. The program is physically demanding with long arduous hours. If you are in good health, and able to meet the job description, you will certainly be given the exact same consideration as anyone else. It should be noted, however, that one of the primary reasons for the establishment of the Workboat Academy was due to an aging workforce.

How do I get the enrollment process started?

Complete and submit the inquiry form on the ‘Contact Us’ page of this website. Workboat Academy representatives will be in touch with more information.

How many women are enrolled in the Program?

While the Maritime Industry is traditionally male-dominated, more and more women are successfully entering the field. Workboat Academy Seattle has several instructors who are accomplished Chief Officers and Captains.  Women interested in a career at sea are encouraged to apply.