Opening its doors in 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, the STAR Center is one of the top maritime training schools for inland and ocean-going professionals in the world.  With its current location in Dania Beach, Florida, this nonprofit educational center provides some of the most comprehensive and technologically-advanced training available today.  The Center currently offers more USCG and other approved courses than any other simulation training center.

The STAR Center dedicates itself to providing high-quality instruction at reasonable prices.  The coursework is tailored to each individual’s needs, as well as fully integrated to company and ISM standards.  The STAR Center also provides in-house modeling for port development, forensic maritime studies, and ship response models.

Simulation Training Equipment Includes:

  • 360° Full Mission bridge
  • 270° Full Mission bridge
  • Dynamic Positioning simulators (Nautical Institute approved)
  • Slow-Speed Diesel engine room simulator
  • Full Mission Diesel Electric simulator
  • Kongsberg “Neptune” Liquid Cargo simulator
  • MPRI (L3) LNG Simulator
  • Radar/ARPA simulators
  • Transas ECDIS and Poseidon GMDSS simulators.

Course Offerings/Certifications Available

Courses at the STAR Center fall into the following categories:

  • USCG-Approved Courses
  • Professional Development Courses
  • Military Sealift Command Courses

For more information about courses offered in each category, please visit the STAR Center’s Courses page, and select the category that interests you.  Some of the courses even qualify for college credit.  All courses meet USCG, STCW, and IMO Model Standards.


Onsite accommodations are available for students attending courses at the Center.  All rooms are single-occupancy with ensuite facilities.  The fee for lodging is $130 per night, which includes three cooked meals daily during the week, and self-help meals on the weekends.  Guests can accompany any student for a fee of $30 per day, plus tax.

Do you want to know more about the Marine Award Program?  Visit our home page for a detailed overview or call us directly at 855-783-2385.  For eligibility requirements, click here.