Starpath Certification Program
We offer several options for certification in Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation, Radar, and Weather. The Starpath certification is recognized worldwide. We have been a leader in navigation certification for decades. Starpath certification is achieved by taking a special test at the end of the associated course.
Beyond our own certification program, Starpath courses and certification tests are also designed to prepare students for similar tests from other agencies. We offer the unique resource of helping students arrange to take the appropriate tests from other agencies after completing our courses. These other certifications typically require proctored exams, which can often be given in your local library if you do not have an appropriate facility nearby. These certifications would be offered through the agencies involved, not Starpath. We have worked with several agencies for many years offering this unique service. It is especially valuable if you need a certification from one of these agencies, but the required agency course is not available from one of their affiliates at the time you need it. Our online courses will meet all of these requirements.
Read about the difference between licensing and certification and the values of certification, along with notes on other agencies offering certification.
The Starpath certificates can be obtained after completing our online home study courses. This certification requires that you have completed the online course with an accumulated average of 70% on the individual required quizzes in the courses. The optional and special quizzes and exercises are not required. Also, you must achieve a 75% score on our certification test that you work at home.
We do not offer Certification without online course completion.
Step 1. When doing the courses, save your work, and do not erase the charts or plotting sheets for all lessons. This will be your best source for review for the certification test. It is also the best way to document your work later on if that might be useful.
Step 2. At the end of the course, purchase the certificate application and we will provide you with access to the online link to the certification tests, where you can download and print the test. You can use any materials or references you like, but you should do your own work. This test will take approximately 4 to 6 hours to complete. It need not be done at one time, you have 30 days to complete the test. If your webcard is set to expire in under 30 days, you will be provided with a 30 day extension when you purchase the certification. The Inland and Coastal Nav test is worked on the same chart we use for the course. The celestial test uses the same almanac pages as used in the course. The certification fee is $30 for Starpath certification; $80 for ASA certification. The tests are distributed and submitted electronically, and we have several options for certificate delivery to save on shipping.
Step 3. When the test is done and you have double checked your answers, be sure to save your work or take a cell phone picture of any part of the solution that requires a computation or plot, so this will be available if requested. There is also a place to include a list of any questions or comments on your answers that might have arisen during the test. We provide signed logbook stickers for Starpath certification. ASA documents come from the ASA.
4. We will grade the exam, provide the solutions, and
answer questions that may have arisen during the test. If the
75% score has been achieved, we will record your certification
and deliver your certificate and stickers by the method of your
choice. The certificate is a diploma stating the name of the
course, your unique certification number, signed by an
If you do not make the 75% score on the first try, you can apply to take a make-up test again ($30)—or, at our discretion, we can offer you a few extra questions to solve in the problem areas.
ASA Certification: We offer ASA student certification in Cel Nav (107 and 117), Radar (120), Coastal Nav (105), and Weather (119). The cost is $80, which includes the certification test and the registration fee to the ASA. The ASA student radar certification has a prerequisite of the ASA Coastal Nav certification; the other ASA student certifications have no prerequisites. To obtain the ASA certification you must have an ASA student number. If you purchased your course directly from the ASA, then your course fee included the ASA certification fee, so there is no further cost.
ASA Instructor IQCs. We also offer ASA Instructor Certification for active ASA instructors who meet the associated prerequisites.
To apply for certification
We recommend that you purchase the certification at the end of the courses, but the application can be purchased at any time. If you do not already have a logbook for recording training, you can save the stickers for the time that you do. Many training agencies have their own logbooks, but any logbook (such as our own Sailor's Logbook) can be used and is equally recognized by those agencies that require them.