The Career Training for Ports and Marinas program provides an opportunity for those working in coastal facilities to advance their knowledge and skills. Whether you are newly employed working on the docks or have management experience in the field, these courses enhance the skills required to be successful in a number of port, harbor and marina occupations.

These online courses are available for you to take in your own community, studying at your own convenience based on your availability.

After you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with your online course access information. It may take up to 24-48 hours for your course to be available to you.

This program was developed in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast - Sitka, Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers (PCC), Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators, Harbour Authority Association of British Columbia, Washington Sea Grant, and the California Association of Harbormasters and Port Captains (CAHMPC).

Facility Safety

This course is designed to teach marina employees about the major safety issues they will deal with on a day-to-day basis in the harbor. Marina employees face unique safety challenges in their harbors. This course provides essential information to support the wellbeing of staff and harbor users alike. It is designed to help employees recognize hazards, protect themselves and others, and educate the public to be more aware and safe. This course is part of the Career Training for Ports and Marinas program. Work done is on your own time within a designated period of time. Requirements for the class: must have a computer with internet access, speakers OR headphones, personal email address, Adobe Flash Player.

Marine Structures and Materials

Effective operation and maintenance of harbors and marinas is dependent on employees having a solid understanding of the marine infrastructure installed at their workplace. The operation and care of a marina depends on understanding the materials and structures commonly used in the marine environment. This course provides marina staff with a solid understanding of what they can expect to find at their facility. Knowledge of marine structures and materials and understanding the advantages and disadvantages inherent in the different marine building materials will help staff effectively maintain these expensive public investments. This course is part of the Career Training for Ports and Marinas program. Work done is on your own time within a designated period of time. Requirements for the class: must have a computer with internet access, speakers OR headphones, personal email address, Adobe Flash Player.

Oil Spills - Prevention, Preparedness and Response

This course focuses on the nature of oil spills and their consequent environmental and economic impacts. Oil spills can truly disrupt marina operations, cause loss of income and burden harbors with severe penalties. This course addresses the size spills harbor personnel may encounter in their work, safe and effective oil removal techniques, and information and training needed to eliminate oil spill prone activities in and near marinas. It also is appropriate for environmental agency staff and organizations dealing with near shore waterways and resources. This course is part of the Career Training for Ports and Marinas program. Work done is on your own time within a designated period of time. Requirements for the class: must have a computer with internet access, speakers OR headphones, personal email address, Adobe Flash Player.