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Bridge Watch Rating

Bridge Watch Rating

Begin your career at sea as a deckhand and member of a ship's watch team. Keep a lookout, steer the vessel, retrieve and launch lifeboats and much more.

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Start Date:
26 Weeks
College Certificate
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Strait Area Campus (classes in Nautical Institute) • Port Hawkesbury Full time Waitlist

Program Overview

If you have a sense of adventure, this could be the career for you. This program prepares you to successfully complete Transport Canada's Bridge Watch Rating Certificate, a pre-requisite for entry into work on marine vessels. You will be introduced to all aspects of the mariner's trade through a combination of classroom and hands-on training in shops, simulators and at sea. You learn deck duties (seamanship, mooring, anchoring, cargo work), bridge team duties (steering, lookout, aids to navigation) and emergency duties. Where feasible, tours/field trips will be arranged to provide additional context for lectures related to ship-board equipment.

Funding available for women and indigenous peoples

To help meet the marine industry demand and diversify the workforce, the federal government is providing $2.5 million in bursaries for women and Indigenous peoples.

  • As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify for a $10,000 annual bursary for your education. View bursary details
  • As an Indigenous person, you may qualify for additional funds to cover living expenses. View bursary details

You apply for funding after you've been accepted to the program.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check is required to complete work placements (such as field work, internships, co-ops) in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • A valid Seafarer's Medical Certificate is required for the program. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.

Choose NSCC

  • This program provides a mixture of classroom, lab, workshop skills training, simulator training and 10 weeks of seagoing service.
  • This program covers all of the competencies required by Transport Canada's Bridge Watch Rating Training Course.
  • Topics include basic chart work and pilotage, navigation safety, shipboard terminology and familiarization with navigational systems and processes including emergency processes and systems.
  • Students successfully completing this program will receive Transport Canada's Bridge Watch Rating Certificate.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter work on marine vessels, including bridge support, deckhand and marine shop duties. The program offers an excellent way to quickly enter the field and to explore a career in marine transport and cargo environments.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • This program has Transport Canada approval. Successful program completion requires that students maintain an attendance standard of 90% overall, a pass mark of 70% in practical examination and 60% in written examination.
  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • International students – you must find a work placement on board a foreign vessel as a Canadian Passport/Permanent Resident Card is required to sail on Canadian vessels. Once you secure your work placement, we'll coordinate details with your employer.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
MANT 1010   Shipboard Safety Procedures and Regulations
MANT 1050   Basic Chartwork and Pilotage
MANT 1121   Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities
MANT 1150   Practical Seamanship
MANT 1250   Shipboard and Marine Industry Familiarization
MANT 1500   Seagoing Service and Onboard Training
MEDC 1811   Marine Basic First Aid
MEDC 1821   STCW Basic Safety
MEDC 1822   Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1040   Safe and Substance-free Transportation

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

Next Steps

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