The US Coast Guard OUPV (Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels) License is also known as a 6-Pack license. The certification allows Captains to operate vessels carrying up to six passengers. An OUPV license can be awarded for Near Coastal (NC), Inland or Great Lakes & Inland.
The OUPV Exam
The OUPV exam is made up of 4 modules:
- Rules of the Road – 50 questions passed with 90% correct
- Navigation General – 50 questions passed with 70% correct
- Deck General/Safety – 50 questions passed with 70% correct
- Plotting – 10 questions passed with 90% correct
In your final preparations, be aware the following online course modules correspond to the exam modules:
- Rules of the Road – Course Content Module 2
- Navigation General Exam Module – Course Content Modules: 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14
- Deck & Safety Exam Module – Course Content Modules 7, 8, 10, 11
- Chart Plot Exam Module – Course Content Modules; 3, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Many people finish the exam in 3-4 hours, however some people require closer to 6-7 hours.
You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks with you if testing in person. Breaks are permitted between exam modules.
Order your course materials
Head over to Amazon or a local marine retailer to purchase the following:
- Weems & Plath #176 Marine Navigation Ultralight Divider
- Weems & Plath Marine Navigation Parallel Ruler (Aluminum Arms, 15-Inch)
- Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 67th Edition (Chapman Piloting and Seamanship)
- (Note you can use other editions but page/chapters numbers may be different than those listed in the course. Refer to the chapter title for reading material.)
- NOAA Training Chart: 12354TR – Long Island Sound
- NOAA Training Chart: 13205 TR – Block Island Sound
- NOAA Training Chart: 12221TR – Chesapeake Bay
To Complete this Course
To complete this course, you must:
- Finish all coursework in every module including video lectures, readings, and quizzes
- Schedule and take your final examination in person with Confident Captain
- Complete the course within 6 months of starting the course
Completion of the course and exam does not guarantee your Captain’s License. As part of the requirements 46 CFR Part 10, you are further required to undertake:
- Obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
- Physical and Drug Testing
- Complete sea service requirements
- Hold a valid First Aid and CPR certificates
Should you have any questions regarding these additional requirements, contact our office. [email protected]
Additionally, please visit our Licensing Forms and Checklist page on our website for application information.
Now head to the Course Forum and head there to Introduce yourself. This is also where you can get help from fellow students and instructors.