Maritime Professional Training

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MPT is the most complete full service private maritime school in the United States and has been training mariners since 1983. 

Our expansive Fort Lauderdale Campus includes the latest technologies in SMART classrooms, most realistic engineering and training labs, waterside training facilities, as well as 3 Full Mission bridge simulators.

In addition to the MPT Main Campus our training programs also take place at the MPT SMARTTM Simulation Center, Marine Tech Shipboard Firefighting Site, the Sea Survival Training Facility, and the MPT Fleet of Training vessels!

Over the years, we have had the privilege of training thousands of commercial mariners, yachting professionals, cruise ship staff,  and enthusiasts. This has enabled us to develop programs that are success oriented, with unbeatable pass rates, as well as cost and time efficient. This level of success has resulted from having a staff of dedicated, licensed professionals who care about our students, and are willing to work as hard as it takes to ensure each students success.

MPT offers all levels of certification, license and document study programs, many of these offer in-school testing and are USCG Approved and recognized by many foreign administrations. Our training programs are designed to meet and exceed IMO standards and are STCW Compliant.

Our client list includes commercial shipping companies, marine corporations, the military, vessel management firms, the world's best super yachts and thousands of individuals whose word of mouth recommendations are responsible for our success.

We invite you to come and tour our school, meet our instructors, talk to our students, and see what we have to offer. Once you have seen us, you won't go anywhere else!

STCW Training Centres

Maritime Professional Training have their training centre located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Thomas Lyons

    Thomas Lyons

    Average rating: 2 weeks ago

    Thank You to all the staff involved with there efforts pertaining to the completion of our STCW refresher. Inclement weather at the public pool or should I say over exaggerated static electricity indicator would not allow the completion of our course. Alan and office staff found another alternative for us and although late, We all were able to complete the course! Kudos to all and much thanks!!

  • Bob Hollenbeck

    Bob Hollenbeck

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    The facility is really nice. I definitely felt well prepped for the testing (more so than at other marine training elsewhere). The area was friendly and convenient to be on foot from the hotel to school (for 3 weeks) and I think that's a big advantage.
    The coffee/lunch joint across the street is definitely handy. Good experience in my book

  • Heather


    Average rating: 2 weeks ago

    Best school in the country! So happy I found this school! They helped me all the way through the process of getting my 100ton captains license. Kevin was a great instructor I highly recommend him!

  • Todd Zacke

    Todd Zacke

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    I can not say enough good things about MPT, I have upgraded and attended classes at MPT many times over the years,. Recently I had an issue with some documentation for the USCG. All staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

    A special shout out to Julie, she is an invaluable source of information and her guidance was instrumental in getting this done, her knowledge of USCG regulations and STCW requirements is unrivaled in the industry.. Thanks again Julie :)

    If you need anything in maritime training do not bother going anywhere else. I have attended every major maritime training facility over my career and MPT is by far the best out there.

    Capt. Todd Z

  • Dave Katz

    Dave Katz

    Average rating: 3 months ago

    Great experience. I did a course recently and enjoyed it. Kevin was an outstanding instructor, the whole place is very professional, clean and organized. Highly recommend. Will be coming back in the future for another course for sure

  • Derek Northenscold

    Derek Northenscold

    Average rating: 26 March 2024

    By far, without a doubt, the most professional and updated maritime training facility I’ve ever had the pleasure of training at. To start, the office personnel are well knowledgeable on all aspects of licensing and certifications. The instructors are approachable and you can tell they love what they do.

  • Brittany Stearns

    Brittany Stearns

    Average rating: 22 March 2024

    Every time I take a course here I leave feeling successful. I had a phenomenal experience with all of the office staff, particularly Julie and Teri who helped me through all the paperwork an such. But most importantly my instructor, Russ. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and real. He relates the class to literal vessel experiences, listens to what you have to say, and answers all of your questions with fantastic explanations.
    Thank you Russ and all of the MPT staff! I’ll be back for more!

  • Corey


    Average rating: 22 January 2024

    All the instructors that I've had over the years have been great. Highly recommend.

  • Molly Mack

    Molly Mack

    Average rating: 28 December 2023

    10/10 would recommend. I finished a 2 week course including STCW certification and Silver Service course. All of the instructors were great, engaging, and attentive. The facilities and staff were responsive and very friendly and helpful when needed.

  • Riley Newgen

    Riley Newgen

    Average rating: 23 September 2023

    I have done many classes here over the course of my career, great instructors as well as office staff.

  • Ralph M Bohm

    Ralph M Bohm

    Average rating: 18 August 2023

    Great school! The instructors are very helpful and the school is clean and tidy.

  • Gabriela Corominas

    Gabriela Corominas

    Average rating: 11 July 2023

    Maritime Professional Training offers an impressive array of courses that cater to the marine industry. I recently completed the 100-ton course, and I am beyond thrilled with my experience. I had the pleasure of learning from Captain Georgia Hilton, who not only led by example as an inspiring female figure in the field, but also possessed remarkable expertise that fully prepared me for my exam.

    Captain Hilton's knowledge of key subjects like the Rules of the Road, plotting, navigation, and more, was second to none. I owe a great deal of gratitude to her for equipping me with the skills and knowledge to succeed in this industry. One benefit of completing this course is that it opened my eyes to the lack of adherence to marine regulations by some boat operators in Miami. I am now equipped with the appropriate skills and mindset to ensure that I follow the rules as a responsible captain.

    Overall, I have nothing but praise for Maritime Professional Training, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking to learn and succeed in the marine industry.

    PS: I made great friends while being here!

  • John P

    John P

    Average rating: 28 June 2023

    MPT is the authority in Fort Lauderdale when it comes to maritime training.. I've explored and entertained all options locally, and no one comes close to MPT. Everyone there is extremely professional, super kind, and very helpful. Jennifer in particular was the one that took me under her wing and has made everything possible for me by opening so many doors, informing me extensively, and enlightening me of all the various avenues available to me as a yachting professional new to the industry. I am so very happy I discovered MPT, and I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone looking to further their professional knowledge, skills, and qualifications.

  • Billy Eldridge

    Billy Eldridge

    Average rating: 25 June 2023

    Great school! Went there for 6 months and wouldn’t go anywhere else. All the girls in the office are great and willing to help out with anything.

    All the instructors in the school are very knowledgeable, most have been Captains so practicality and reality is implemented along with the books.

  • Adam Shatzkamer

    Adam Shatzkamer

    Average rating: 7 May 2023

    Honestly, I feel bad for anyone who takes classes anywhere else. The ladies in the office, and in particular Teri, Julie, and Jen, are absolutely wonderful. The boss Lisa is caring and attentive. But I have to share the bulk of my kudos for Kevin, my instructor. Kevin is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, truly cares about his students success, and also manages to keep class fun and interactive while imparting his crucial knowledge. I’m so grateful to MPT and would recommend the place to anyone!

  • Jimmy Batchelor

    Jimmy Batchelor

    Average rating: 3 April 2023

    I took my initial Captains course here a couple years ago and it was amazing. My instructor was extremely knowledgeable and helped me learn the materials to needed pass. The front desk staff is extremely nice and knowledgable to this day whenever I have questions regarding how to upgrade my license or renew. Shoutout to Jennifer for being extremely nice and helping me out with all of my questions. SHES THE GOAT

  • Liam Roos

    Liam Roos

    Average rating: 23 March 2023

    Recently did a GMDSS course here, the instructors are great and knowledgable. However once starting the second week of GMDSS I couldn't make the first part of class due to an interview because at the time I've was looking for work. Missing half a day I was then told I could not continue for the week. I was prepared to catch up but I was told it was policy to not let me continue. Also as per me missing that one half a day they then told me a refund is not possible but it was their decision to not let me continue the course. I was told that was the policy but was not read the policy where it clearly states that. I was hoping a school of this stature would appreciate that we are looking for work as seafarers during these courses often times, but there is no understanding from their part. The amount of time spent in class where an instructor chats is often where time wasting goes but I was not allowed to continue the week for an important reason? It is my personal experience and mine only but it was a sour one.

  • Renaldo Kelly

    Renaldo Kelly

    Average rating: 22 March 2023

    My experience at MPT was just simply outstanding. I’ll try to keep it brief. Customer service/administration was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. They are all professional, helpful and polite with no exceptions. The facility is also state of the art with clean amenities, class room and common area. The wifi signal is also strong around the campus for foreigners who don’t have a data plan. The lecturers are knowledgeable, thorough also patient when delivering the course. Highly recommend this institution for any of their courses you might be interested in.

    Classroom/Course material/Teaching aids - 10/10
    Facility/Amenities/Cleanliness - 10/10
    Staff/Customer Service - 20/10

  • John MacMoyle

    John MacMoyle

    Average rating: 22 March 2023

    MPT is by far the best and most helpful school. I have taken courses from STCW to 100T and had a great experience throughout. The instructors are top notch, the courses are understandable yet rigorous, and the incredible staff in the office will walk you through everything step. I will only use MPT for myself and will recommend to anyone seeking a maritime license.

  • Shane Bunton

    Shane Bunton

    Average rating: 20 March 2023

    Engineer 3rd asst prep class was a joke. No structure to the class at all and the instructor actually bought another companies testing software and tried to teach with it because it had better and more up to date material (which I'm sure is against that companies license and user agreement). Do not waste your time or the ridiculous amount of money they charge for this class.

  • Charlie


    Average rating: 18 March 2023

    I needed their services for renewing my captain license, but unfortunately, they did not have any dates available when I needed them. Melissa at the front desk was a star. She helped me with a list of items I needed and informed me about the place for the physical and drug test. Super friendly and helpful! I will definitely turn to MPT for all my training needs in the future. Thank you!

  • Chad Avellar

    Chad Avellar

    Average rating: 23 January 2023

    Great school, great staff. I started as AB here taking third mate classes. Now I have masters unlimited. Affordable and helpful

  • Marcus


    Average rating: 4 November 2022

    . John BEHRENS AND DARIEN Munoz both need raises !!!!! I made 100 on my cpr first aid exam!! Excellent instructors

  • Morgan Nisbett

    Morgan Nisbett

    Average rating: 19 October 2022

    I have been going to MPT for 9 years and have done all my classes through them. Its a great school however, Terry that works in the front office has attitude and more importantly will give you wrong information on courses. Tried to tell me I needed to do a number of courses in order to get the license I initially inquired about. Terrible employee and tries to take money from you.

  • Matthew Milano

    Matthew Milano

    Average rating: 5 October 2022

    People from all over the world go here for the world class training! The front office is always helpful & friendly! Especially Terri and Shirly! They really help out allot and that makes the whole experience that much better!

  • Spencer Busteed

    Spencer Busteed

    Average rating: 14 June 2022

    These folks a super helpful! I enjoy every time I interact with them and they have been super helpful along my journey. Highly recommend.

  • Mister Hound

    Mister Hound

    Average rating: 4 June 2022

    Too bad they can’t follow up with people who reach out for information. Went in to see someone a few weeks ago. Individual wasn’t in so I left my email. STILL nothing from them. Way to drop the ball and lose a potential student. Not sure when communicating and simple, common courtesy and customer service became such a Herculean task.

  • Stephen M

    Stephen M

    Average rating: 20 May 2022

    Great school, great instructors. Good location close to many hotels.
    Very professional and they put the mariners needs first. And of course you can't beat the locatipn...sunny FT. Lauderdale

  • M F

    M F

    Average rating: 4 February 2022

    They know their stuff and they are extremely helpful

  • Bryce Edmondson

    Bryce Edmondson

    Average rating: 20 November 2021

    Awesome experience taking a couple classes here. All the staff have years of practical experience and are super engaged. I will be coming back for more training in the future and can not recommend this place enough.

  • thompson femi nice

    thompson femi nice

    Average rating: 7 November 2021

    nice place to be, awesome training and good managements

  • Ludovic Bricks

    Ludovic Bricks

    Average rating: 26 August 2021

    Intense! Professional. Kevin is a great instructor.

  • Brian Leeds

    Brian Leeds

    Average rating: 28 May 2021

    Very good instructors, nice facility for training, great location!

  • Robert Lumbley

    Robert Lumbley

    Average rating: 19 February 2021

    Customer service is great facility is clean and accommodating

  • Hayden laubscher

    Hayden laubscher

    Average rating: 15 October 2020

    Excellent training academy with professional staff making successful students.

  • Noah Swenson

    Noah Swenson

    Average rating: 30 September 2020

    I attended MPT for my AEC1&2 courses and loved the entire experience. Kind, witty, and funny teachers taught me much more than I expected. I'll be attending for other maritime courses in the future. And you should too.

  • Mike Sovay

    Mike Sovay

    Average rating: 4 June 2020

    I visited MPT today and spoke with Miss Teri and she was extremely helpful, polite, and knowledgeable about all the needs that I had. She made sure that I had all of the necessary information so that I could successfully accomplish renewing my Captain's license

  • Lima Charlie

    Lima Charlie

    Average rating: 16 August 2019

    Great school for maritime training. Professional and personable staff. Great place to network and get certified. A friend referred this school to me, and now I'm referring it to you!

  • Emma Donovan

    Emma Donovan

    Average rating: 14 August 2019

    Great sea school. Very friendly helpful staff

  • Orlando Acosta

    Orlando Acosta

    Average rating: 15 July 2019

    Awesome staff, Awesome teaching. Allen was my professor and I couldn’t ask for anyone better. Definitely recommend it!

  • Gary B.

    Gary B.

    Average rating: 17 June 2019

    They help me get ready to become a merchant mariner and they thoroughly help me on knowing the basics, emergencies and tips onboard!

  • Nicholas Church

    Nicholas Church

    Average rating: 6 March 2019

    Just went through their Master Captains course, every staff member I talked to was very professional and friendly. It is a lot of information to take in in two weeks, but my instructor (C. Chavez) was very patient and was able to simplify and thoroughly explain anything I didn't fully comprehend. I will definitely recommend MPT to anyone who is wanting to further their maritime training. Big shout out to the ladies that work the front desk as well! I know that they most likely deal with some silly questions and big egos on a daily basis, but any time I saw them they always had a smile on their face and a positive attitude. Very awesome experience overall!



    Average rating: 2 August 2018

    Great Maritime School. Best in the United States. Came here for my 100 ton capt license. Will be coming back for more classes. Very professional

  • Adrian Jimenez

    Adrian Jimenez

    Average rating: 27 May 2018

    I took my masters captains license here and had a good experience. The captain Chris Chavez the instructor knew what he was talking about and was a great teacher.

  • Diana Strait

    Diana Strait

    Average rating: 5 February 2018

    Having been to many maritime schools. This one is by far the best. The instructors are in or were in the industry and teach not only how to pass the test but real world knowledge. The admin staff are amazing, you tell them your end result and they'll tell you all the classes you need to get there. I've rarely been upselled for classes I didn't need. They cover USCG and MCA. Commercial and yachting. Engineering to steward dept. And all things safety basic to advanced.

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