Northern Michigan University & Pathfinder Maritime

A partnership designed to make earning a maritime license simple and hassle-free. A dedicated team is ready to help you earn your license and own your on-the-water career. Become a captain today!

Enroll in a course

Select a course that aligns with your licensing goals from our course list below. Checkout on this site and you will automatically be enrolled and have immediate access to the course material.

complete the course

Complete all of the online course material and take the final exam. A dedicated team is ready to help you every step of the way and optional, in-person learning sessions are scheduled to give you the support you need.


send in an application

Submit your application to the National Maritime Center along with your PMT course certificate. The PMT team is here to simplify the application process for you.

Captain’s licensing Course

Get Started with Our Blended OUPV Course

When: September 8 & 9, 2023 

Where: Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)

What: OUPV Captain’s License


The OUPV/Six-Pack is an excellent license for anyone starting or advancing a maritime career, such as a fishing guide or charter captain.

Join us for a day of in-person learning to review course material, take your final exam, and complete your NMC application. This “one stop shop” approach makes earning your license simple and hassle-free.

**This is a National Maritime Center approved licensing course offered via NMU Continuing Education & Workforce Development. This is a non-credit NMU offering**


Our Courses

Why Choose Us

Experienced team dedicated to your success

The PMT crew is beyond excited to partner with NMU and bring captain’s licensing to Northern Michigan. Our dedicated team is led by Captain Bobby, a Coast Guard veteran who has trained countless international and domestic crews, and Rebekah, an NMU alum who grew up sailing Lake Superior.

We created Pathfinder Maritime Training to make earning a license simple and hassle-free so you can take your career to new horizons. We can’t wait to see where your license takes you!


Benefits of Enrolling Through NMU

Live, Online Coffee Chats

Tune-in monthly to ask course questions, license application questions, and more

In-Person Training Sessions and Support

Join us in-person for a blended approach to online maritime learning and take your exam on-site

Northern Michigan Forum

Chat with fellow yoopers about course questions, application questions, boating, fishing or anything else 

Live Q&A with Captains

Live question and answer video calls with former students and current captains


What People Are Saying

“The training I received through PMT was incredibly beneficial! Capt. Bobby was with me every step of the way – from enrollment to submitting my license application, including personal extra help that I asked for on a specific test topic.

Meara S.

Yacht Captain Singer Island, FL

“The online courses were excellent, and I was able to earn my license on my own schedule! The PMT team was available for support whenever I needed extra help.”

Capt. Chris S.

Assistant Harbormaster Hingham, MA

“I completed PMT’s blended OUPV course and couldn’t be happier! The online lessons were informative and easy to follow, and the in-person sessions were great. I highly recommended their courses for anyone wanting to earn a license.”

Capt. Joe Lefeber

Cruisin Tiki OshKosh, WI

Military Funding Options


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