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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:
January & September
Typical Length:
26 Weeks
Credential:
College Certificate
Tuition:
$11,000 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
 
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
Locations:
+Locations & Availability

January 2020
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
Availability
Strait Area Campus (classes in Eskasoni - Off Site) • Eskasoni Full time Seats available
September 2020
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
Availability
Strait Area Campus (classes in Nautical Institute) • Port Hawkesbury Full time Waitlist

January 2020

This offering only has seats available for women and Indigenous peoples at this time.

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're 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.

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 Marine Medical Certificate is required for the program. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Funding available for women and Indigenous peoples

  • As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify for a $10,000 bursary for your education. View funding details
  • As an Indigenous person, you are automatically considered for additional funds (up to $10,500) to help with living expenses.

Sea time

  • Sea time is a mandatory 10-week course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • During the program, you study on campus from September to April with sea internships taking place from April to August.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • 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.

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%, a pass mark of 70% in practical examination and 60% in written examination.
  • International students 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.
  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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

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