All approved courses for domestic USCG licenses are only valid to be submitted to the USCG for one (1) year after the issued date.
We completely agree that it is frustrating as CPR and First Aid training courses are good for 2 years but only accepted by the USCG for your original captains license for 1 year after issuance.
The best place to look for course expiration is the course approval information on your course certificate which most schools write out on their certificates. It's a paragraph and the it will typically say "must be submitted within one (1) year of the date shown" or "must be submitted within five (5) years of the date shown".
Any course certificate or training related to a 6 pack, 100 ton Master or 200 ton Master will always need to be submitted within one (1) year.
If your training is for any license above these or for the International STCW endorsements there is a possibility that it could be valid for 5 years.
We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!
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Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.