Credential Consulting

Tired of sifting through CFRs and NMC checklists wondering if you have enough sea time or completed the necessary requirements for an upgrade? Have you experienced delays or even have a license expire due to an issue with a previous application? 

Diamond Marine Services offers a unique service with former National Maritime Center evaluators on our credential consulting team.

Once you partner with our consulting team, Diamond Marine Services will:

  • Ensure you apply for the highest possible credential
  • Pre-fill any required forms so all you have to do is sign the application
  • Collect, organize, and prepare all medical, drug test, sea service, and course completion certificates for submission
  • Vet your application prior to submission to ensure all forms are properly filled out
  • Pay any USCG evaluation and issuance fees (optional)
  • Electronically file your application directly with the USCG
  • Reduce hassle by handling communication with the NMC on your behalf
  • Represent you through a formal appeal process, if necessary 

Diamond Marine Services not only takes all the hassle out of applying for an original license, raise-in-grade, modification or renewal, we formally evaluate your application by a professional using the same process as the NMC. We submit your credential with the USCG and support you until it is issued.

How does this work?

We keep our costs low by handling the entire process electronically. From document collection to application submission, everything is done online.  Paper applications submitted to our office are subject to extra charges. Throughout the process, our staff is available via email, phone or text to help you along the way. Most applications follow this basic system:

 

  1.  Determine what tier your application falls into (see info below) and pay the corresponding consulting fee to Diamond Marine Services.
  2. Proceed to our START submission page to transmit all the required information for us to begin putting together your application.
  3. Receive a fully completed application for simple signature capture.
  4. Coordinate the payment of appropriate USCG fees with our staff.
  5. Work closely with our experienced evaluators to close any open items that may prevent submission.
  6. Diamond Marine Services staff then transmits your application to the USCG on your behalf and remains available for you until you are either approved to test, or if no test is required, until your credential is issued!
Our team prides itself on working diligently to represent you. If you find yourself in a situation where you need immediate attention and help to get your credential submitted to the USCG, consider our optional RUSH service at the bottom of this page.

Check out some recent reviews of our credentialing service

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Awesome!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 17, 2021

Sam went above and beyond to help me get all of my paperwork filled out appropriately to obtain my 100 Ton license. The whole process went so smoothly and he answered every question I had. Thanks to diamond marine I am now holding my credential less than 3 weeks after my application was submitted. This service is worth its weight in gold! I look forward to working with them again in the future and would highly recommend them for anyone!

Blake Applewhite

Professional, knowledgeable and efficient!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 9, 2021

Sam’s knowledge and experience pays dividends with his fast and efficient service! He thoroughly prepared and submitted my MMC renewal, and despite the delayed processing times stated on the NMC’s website, he managed to get my MMC renewed and back in hand in less than a month! Sam and his team are amazing and I highly recommend them for all your licensing needs!

Dennis Amador

Sam pulled it off with 3 days to spare before expiration...!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 8, 2021

Sam is the best…! The organization behind Sam is the best…! I was amazed at how Sam turned around my complicated renewal and upgrade in less than 3 weeks. I highly recommend this for every aspiring Captain or renewal Captain wanting to present themselves professionally for consideration to the USCG. Your time is valuable and the normal process has become just too complicated and prone to delays. If you want effective and efficient turn around for your documents, Sam is your man…!!! ,

Keith R Clark

Worth Every Penny!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 7, 2021

Sam, and his crew made what was a pretty complex and lengthy process go nice and smooth for me! Sam walked me through every step of the process and told me what to expect along the way. Returned every phone call and text almost immediately, once even from behind the wheel of a ship!
Looking forward to working with you in the near future.
You guy’s have a great service here, keep up the great work!

J.Foster

With Sam first time was the charm

Rated 5 out of 5
October 6, 2021

Having been in business for many years before pursuing my OUPV credential I always appreciated working with (and paying for) outside expertise that made the end result better and easier for me. That was my experience with Sam at DMS. Clean, clear communication and a bullseye on the goal. Thanks Sam and we’ll see you again at Master upgrade time!

Craig G Royston

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How much does this cost?

The cost of our service depends on the application we are preparing on your behalf. The consulting fees are broken out into three tiers. At the bottom of this page, you can choose additional optional services.

Tier 1

  • Original Entry Level MMC to include OS, Wiper, Steward’s Department and Food Handler
  • Duplicate Credential

$150

Tier 2

  • Original MMC with a rating such as AB, QMED, Lifeboatman, Tankerman
  • Renewal of any credential with rating endorsements and/or officer endorsements
  • Modification or Increase-In-Scope- Any rating or officer endorsement

$225

Tier 3

  • Raise-In-Grade – Officer endorsements
  • Original MMC – Officer endorsements

$300

Ready to submit your information?

If you’re ready to begin the process, the Start Here button will direct you to our submission form to provide us with all the information we need to get your application going!

What if I only need some guidance?

Sea Service Evaluation

Are you are considering an upgrade or renewal and not quite sure if you have enough sea service?  Do you want to upgrade your credential in the future and want some guidance as to what can you do to prepare or what you qualify for? If so, then you should check out our SEA SERVICE EVALUATION.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

PAY.GOV Processing

Enable our staff to process the appropriate USCG application & issuance fees on your behalf. The exact amount of the fee for your application will be coordinated with you prior to submission.

$20

Sea Service Evaluation

The Sea Service Evaluation allows you to submit sea service records as a first step to see what credential you qualify for. It may also be used to answer the question: “if I want to go for a higher license, how much time and on what tonnage does it have to be for me to qualify?”

NOTE:  $100 CREDIT will be issued towards a future application!

$150

RUSH 48 – 2 Business Day turnaround

The RUSH fee guarantees a fully prepared application for USCG submission within 2 business days. Application submission is only possible if the mariner provides us with all required documentation and presumes the submitted information is in order.

$100

Records Request Service

This optional service enables the credential consulting team to request records of previously submitted certificates and applications from the National Maritime Center on your behalf

$50

Scanning &  Handling Service

Paper application processing option for mariners that prefer to mail supporting documentation to our office

$75