Our Program

The Workboat Mate Program provides all the training and support Apprentices need to obtain a Mate’s license. More importantly, it instills the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take on the duties and responsibilities of a Mate.

The 28-month program is divided between approximately 28 weeks of classroom training and 360 calendar days of training at sea.  Some Apprentices have been able to finish the program in as little as 24 months. 

Upon successful completion of the Workboat Academy program, a graduate will hold the following:

  • Mate 500 or 1600 GRT (depending on company vessels)
  • Able Seafarer
  • If apprenticing on a tugboat, Mate of Towing

For a list of Workboat Academy courses and descriptions please click here.

The Workboat Academy partners with companies in the Maritime Industry who provide training and berths for Apprentices during the on-board component of the Workboat Academy’s Mate Program.  For more information about a specific Partner Company, please select their name from the dropdown list below.