111X - Surface Warfare URL

Designator Description


An Unrestricted Line Officer who is qualified in Surface Warfare. Surface Warfare Officers are involved in virtually every aspect of Navy missions. Antisubmarine warfare, antiair warfare, antisurface warfare, land attack, theatre air missile defense, support for Marine Corps and Navy Special Warfare (SEAL) missions, communications, damage control, and shipboard management all rely on the knowledge and expertise of Officers in the Surface Warfare community. Sea duty may involve working with or within any of the following forces: Aircraft Carrier, Cruiser-Destroyer, Amphibious, Combat-Logistics, Mine Warfare. Shore duty may involve a tour-of-duty at the Pentagon, a student assignment at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, or command and management positions at shore bases and stations across the globe.

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Voluntary Education

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Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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Click here to go to Certified Safety Professional (CSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Manager (CM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), Certified Manager (CM) is a general management certification. It is appropriate for supervisors, managers and leaders at all levels, in any industry, and benefits certificate recipients and their organizations. The CM program consists of three course modules of which each includes a study manual, online learning resources, practice exams, and a certification exam. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Those who do not qualify for CM status may still participate in the CM program if they have met at least one of the minimum eligibility requirements. These individuals will earn Associate Certified Manager (ACM) status upon completion of the program. An ACM may earn full CM status through additional education and/or experience. Candidates must pass three certification exams. 
Click here to go to National 2nd Mate Unlimited OC or NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The 2nd Mate Unlimited Oceans (OC) and Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the First Mate. The Second mate is a watch keeping officer, who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies such as Third and First Mates. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to National 3rd Mate Unlimited OC or NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The 3rd Mate Unlimited Oceans (OC) and Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the First Mate. The third mate is a watch keeping officer, who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. Mate’s duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors.  There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies such as Second and First Mates. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to NJROTC Certification COOL Snapshot page.

The NJROTC Certification is is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Candidates must be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the school hosting the unit, must be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school, must be selected by the NJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative, must maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation, and must maintain acceptable standards of conduct. More information about this program can be found on the NJROTC website.
Click here to go to National Mate 500/1600 OC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Mate 500/1600 Oceans (OC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the Chief Mate, the Captain or Master. The Mate is a watch keeping officer who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the  vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. The National Mate 500/1600 OC officers also administer first aid to the ship's crew and treats minor ailments. Mates duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors. There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.
Click here to go to National Mate 500/1600 NC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Mate 500/1600 Near Coastal (NC) is a licensed officer in the deck department of a merchant ship and reports to the Chief Mate, the Captain or Master. The Mate is a watch keeping officer who performs duties including, planning the vessel's route for each stage of the voyage, monitoring and recording the vessel's progress along the route, upkeeping navigational charts and publications, and ensuring functionality of the vessel's radio equipment, firefighting equipment, lifeboats, meteorological instruments and various other emergency systems. The National Mate 500/1600 Near Coastal (NC) officers also administer first aid to the ship's crew and treats minor ailments. Mates duties vary depending on the type of ship, its crewing, and other factors. There are different licenses of a Mate according to the experience, certificates, and competencies. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to Associate Safety Professional (ASP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to General Communications Technician - Level 1 (GCT1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), General Communications Technician Level 1 (GCT1) certification is an entry-level credential designed to cover the many areas encountered by radio communications technicians or engineers in the public safety communications or business/commercial radio field. The GCT1 certification is modeled after wide-ranging industry communication systems encompassing more specific detailed items along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines covering all disciplines in the COMT program. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to National Able Seaman (A/B) COOL Snapshot page.

The National Able Seaman (A/B) is a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with various categories of rating endorsements. An A/B is a member of the deck department that works as a watchstander and/or day worker and operates the vessel and its deck equipment under Officer supervision. To earn the A/B credential, applicants must be 18 years old, qualify for endorsement as a National Lifeboatman or Lifeboatman-Limited, satisfy general requirements, and satisfy sea service requirements. Applicants must either pass an exam by oral (or other) means that includes a demonstration of ability or complete a Coast Guard-approved course.
Click here to go to National Master 200 OC COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Master 200 Oceans (OC) officers are responsible for vessels of less than 200 GRT and its safe and efficient operation including, the ship's seaworthiness, safety and security conditions, cargo operations, navigation, and crew management. The National Master 200 OC officers set the course and speed, maneuver the vessel to avoid hazards and other ships, and periodically determine its position using navigation aids, celestial observations, and charts. They direct crew members who steer the vessel, operate engines, signal to other vessels, perform maintenance and handle lines, or operate towing or dredging gear. Masters ensure that proper procedures and safety practices are followed, ensure machinery and equipment are in reliable working order, and oversee the loading and unloading of cargo or passengers. They also maintain logs and other records of ships' movements and cargo carried. The Master is always in command of a merchant ship and regulates the proper daily transactions and handles the legal affairs on maritime issues. Candidates must meet a minimum sea service, training, and exam requirement.

Click here to go to National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel Less Than 100 GRT COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) Less Than 100 GRT is an officer endorsement for uninspected passenger vessels which by law are limited to six or less passengers for hire. These are usually smaller vessels and that engage in charter fishing, whale watching, SCUBA diving, and tour cruises. OUPV Near Coastal endorsements may be limited to 100 miles offshore, Inland or Great Lakes in accordance with 46 CFR 11.467 and the service provided. No OUPV endorsement is valid for International voyages.

Click here to go to STCW - Able Seafarer-Deck COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW - Able Seafarer-Deck is an STCW Endorsement for National Able Seaman. AB-Deck is a member of the deck department that works as a watchstander and/or day worker and operates the vessel and its deck equipment under Officer supervision.
Click here to go to STCW II/1 - OICNW 500 GT or More Operational Level COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The STCW II/1 - Office in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) 500 GT or More Operational Level assists the Chief Engineer and performs ship maintenance, engine maintenance, machinery repairs, and fueling. They are also responsible for electrical, sewage treatment, lube oil, bilge, and oily water separation systems, and stand a watch. Their duties depend upon the type of ship or vessel and arrangement of the engine department.
Click here to go to General Communications Technician - Level 2 (GCT2) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), General Communications Technician Level 2 (GCT2), certification is a journeyman level program modeled after the private wireless industry communication systems that includes Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines. The GCT2 competency comprises more complex areas which a radio communications technician and/or engineer will encounter in the public safety communications or business/commercial radio fields. Candidates must meet ETA-I's prerequisite requirement to be eligible for the GCT2 certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

 

Click here to go to Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), while not formally a license or certification in and of itself, is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for workers who need access to secure areas of the nation's maritime facilities and vessels. TSA conducts a security threat assessment (background check) to determine a person's eligibility and issues the credential. U.S. citizens and immigrants in certain immigration categories may apply for the credential.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

Click to go to the external link for GI Bill licensing and certification information.

Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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Registered Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor. Go to the Apprenticeship Finder and enter career path or location to find apprenticeship opportunities.

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