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MA Chief Limited 4.1 Premium


This study material is for the older, but still current, USCG question bank.  Please read below for more information concerning the two question banks.






Price:  $119.99




MA Chief 5.0

(1st Asst. - Chief Unlimited & Chief Lim)


This study material is for the newer USCG question bank, under the new regulations.  Do not purchase simply because this is the newer 5.0 version; you need to ensure this is the correct question bank for your personal situation.  Please read below for more information concerning the 4.1 and the 5.0 question banks.


Price:  $119.99



*****   Important.  Please read prior to purchase.  *****

Prior to Dec 31 2016, a mariner seeking an endorsement based on sea time with at least one day of sea service prior to March 24, 2014, will be examined under the old regulations (version 4.1), using the old question database, unless they have specifically requested examination under the current regulations on their evaluation form.  

After Dec 31, 2016, all new applicants whom do not have an approved application dated prior to Dec 31 2016, will be tested under the new regulations (version 5.0 and up).  

After March 23, 2019 all mariners will test under the new regulations regardless of the date of their sea time.  

The USCG National Maritime Center has misstated this policy several times to me on the phone.  I recommend you contact them and verify your test modules.  Contact the National Maritime Center at: (888) 427 – 5662. 

Exam guide prior to March 24 2014

Exam guide on or after March 24 2014


Chief Limited

Mariner Advancement Chief Limited is examination preparation software designed for Chief Engineer (Limited) Motors Licenses. Our software contains:

MA Chief Limited 4.1






MA Chief 5.0

(1st Asst. - Chief Unlimited & Chief Limited)






Gas Turbine-------116

Missing Illust-------80


We have also included a new section containing all of the electrical questions that the USCG has released that did not release with the referenced illustration. These illustrations are not included due to the fact the USCG claims they do not own the copyright to the material but they are working to create new public domain illustrations.  Currently, there is no way to acquire these illustrations as they have not been released to the public.

See Products for screen shots and general information or download the latest 4.1 manual here to see all of the features available.

The premium content includes written explanations, groupings of related questions, solutions, and edited illustrations to over 1800 of the U.S.C.G engineering exam questions. We provide explanations for refrigeration graphs, vernier calibers, electrical problems, barge displacement problems and more. Currently, the additional content covers the electrical, general, and motor sections.  Not all of the exam questions have this feature.  We will continue to add additional content in the future.  Any new additions will be available as free updates for at least one year from purchase; these updates will be downloadable from our updates navigation bar at the top of this web page.  

The flash drive also contains an engineering resources folder that includes U.S. Navy training manuals.  These are in PDF format and include: Damage Controlman, Electrician's Mate, Engineman, Fireman, Fluid Power, Machinary Repairman, Marine Fire, Electonics training, and Tools and their uses.

If you are ready to purchase simply click on the "Add to Cart" button at the top of the page and PayPal will walk you through the transaction; your financial information is not shared with Advancement Software LLC. Once your payment is complete, you will be emailed a receipt for your  transaction, and we ship our products on the next business day from purchase.

The Mariner Advancement testing application provides...

  • a reference for the USCG book, question, and illustration number.
  • USCG illustrations and Internet links to new or additional illustrations when available.
  • the ability to revisit previously answered test questions during the test.
  • the option to display all answer choices or only display the correct answer.
  • the ability to tag questions while testing and the ability to revisit the tagged questions through the tag question menu. 
  • a choice to the number of questions per test.
  • a full search utility of all questions and illustrations.
  • a feature that temporarily removes correctly answered questions from the question bank, allowing the user to focus on the more difficult questions rather than wasting time reviewing questions they already know.  The user may reset the question bank at any time, restoring the removed questions.
  • a speech synthesizer that is capable of reading the  current question or the entire test.
  • preview screens, which reduces study time by allowing the user to determine if they need to take the time to load the explanation or illustration in full screen mode.
  • the ability to take exams over and over with no time restraints, valid per user agreement.
  • one year of free updates.
  • distribution on a USB drive so you can take it with you.  Study on your vessels computer and study at home.  
  • compatibility with most PCs with a USB port.  Please check system requirements below.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows™ XP, Vista, Version 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 in the desktop tile (not Windows RT™)
  • Mac with Microsoft Windows installed using Bootcamp or Parallels (not VMware™)
  • Latest version of Adobe® Reader® for Desktop (available for free online from Adobe®)
  • 1.0 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM

  • 2.0 and 3.0 USB support

  • Mouse or compatible pointing device

  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution

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