The Center for Maritime Training at Massachusetts Maritime Academy will begin its spring captain’s license course on Island Friday, April 11. Classes will be offered each Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the month of April, all held at the Edgartown School.

Now in the third year offering on-Island training, the academy gives Vineyard residents the opportunity to participate in professional training and make the most of their sea time and experience with a U.S. Coast Guard License.

Encompassing a total of 80 hours of training, this U.S Coast Guard-approved 100-ton master license course covers the core subjects of rules of the road, plotting, navigation general and deck. The Coast Guard exam will be administered on-site at the completion of the course, saving students the time and inconvenience of testing at the exam center in Boston. Upon completion of the course, students will be provided with an approved certificate that becomes part of the license application packet. Assistance is provided with the license application, and career services are available to students.

The program also encompasses training and preparation for the operator of uninspected passenger vessels license. This smaller capacity license option is taught in conjunction with the 100-ton master program and is for those seeking a license to carry up to six passengers on their vessel.

For details, call Edward Jerome at 508-627-8510, or the training center at 508-830-5005, or e-mail