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Marine Navigation Management Technology

Marine Navigation Management Technology

Advance your knowledge of the major principles of marine navigation, ship construction and stability and ship safety and operations and advance your career as a marine navigation officer.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

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
Strait Area Campus (classes in Nautical Institute) • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class


This program prepares you for a career as a ship's navigation officer in the commercial marine industry. You build on your navigation training and sea experience with a focus on three functions at the management level: marine navigation, cargo handling and stowage and ship operations and safety.

You learn the theoretical and applied principles for how to manage functions that are required of a deck officer; planning and managing voyages, coordinating search and rescue operations, establishing effective watchkeeping procedures and developing your abilities to manoeuvre and handle a ship in all conditions. You develop your knowledge for how to plan safe loading, stowage and unloading of transport goods and the carriage of dangerous goods.

You also develop effective leadership skills and knowledge of control procedures that ensure safe operations and care for persons on board your ship.

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • A valid Marine Medical certificate (to meet Transport Canada's requirements for approved marine/cadet training programs) is required for the program. Details are provided with your acceptance notification.
  • 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.
  • H2S Alive

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
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 $5,000 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

Career options

  • Completion of this program provides credits for the written examinations of Transport Canada's Chief Mate Certificate of Competency. Completing the associated oral exam with Transport Canada after completing the required sea time enables you to secure a Chief Officer position in the Marine industry and continue your training to achieve further certifications at the Management level.
  • Shipping companies and operations, tankers, passenger ferries, research vessels and offshore supply vessels, which operate in the inland, lake, coastal waters of Canada and in the international waters.
  • Navigation officers are in high demand on a worldwide-basis and the officer certification achieved upon program and sea service completion is recognized by the International Maritime Organization, through Transport Canada.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • This program provides a mixture of classroom, lab and workshop skills training.
  • You study the major principles of marine navigation, cargo handling, ship management, practical safety training and engineering knowledge and then put those theories and skills to work in the communications and ship simulators and other facilities at the campus.

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% and a pass mark of 70% in marine subjects and 60% in academic subjects.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Next Steps

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