• Self-paced online course takes ~50 hours depending on experience level
  • Live Q&A sessions via Zoom
  • MM-SEAS software will walk you through creating a perfect application & you will have unlimited access to a licensing expert if you have any issues. 
  • OUPV+ includes Pathfinder’s OUPV course and MMSeas NMC application experience



What’s plus about this OUPV course?

Pathfinder and MM-SEAS have partnered to provide the ultimate licensing experience. In addition to Pathfinder’s OUPV course, students will receive end-to-end USCG License application support from MM-SEAS.

MM-SEAS software guides you through every step of the way to create a perfect USCG license application and you will have unlimited access to a dedicated licensing expert if you need any help from a live person. Learn more about the MM-SEAS experience here.

What is an OUPV License?

An Operator of Uninspected Vessel (OUPV) license allows it holder to operate vessels less than 100 Gross Tons and carry up to six passengers-for-hire. This license is commonly referred to as a “six-pack license.”

An OUPV credential is excellent for anyone starting or advancing a maritime career and is common among fishing guides, charter captains, and water taxis. Earning this license will enable you to captain vessels and chart your own course.

For boating enthusiasts and adventurers, earning this license is a great way to learn the fundamentals of navigation, emergency procedures, and navigation Rules of the Road. This course will prepare you for your next voyage, help you stay safe on the water, and captain confidently

Licensing Requirements

To be eligible for this license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18+ years old
  • Pass a National Maritime Center approved course and exam, such as Pathfinder Maritime Training
  • Have 360 days underway with 90 days in the past three years
  • Complete a medical physical and drug screen
  • Hold a Red Cross approved First-Aid/CPR certificate
  • Hold a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)

More information regarding license requirements & application can be found at the National Maritime Center’s webpage

Course Details

  • Self-paced online course typically takes ~50 hours depending on experience level
  • Four final exams which can be taken at one of our nationwide approved testing sites
  • 24/7 course availability. Mobile responsive content allows you to complete course work anytime, anywhere
  • National Maritime Center approved for issuance and renewal of an OUPV merchant mariner credential
  • Fees include all course materials (manual, plotting tools, and a chart) and one sitting of your proctored exams
  • From the time you start your first lesson, you have 26 weeks to complete the course & exams. Most students complete the course within 12 weeks
  • Refund policy: All courses can be refunded within four weeks of purchase or the completion of one course module, whichever comes first, less applicable fees. Contact Pathfinder to learn more.


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