Can you imagine being a Captain of a cargo ship crossing the oceans of the world or a First Officer on a ferry responsible for the safe passage of travellers? This program prepares you for a career as a ship's navigation officer in the commercial marine industry. You're trained in areas such as watchkeeping practices, seamanship, safety and communications.
This program provides the academic and applied skills necessary for an entry-level deck officer trained to International Maritime Organization standards. The program is accredited by Transport Canada in accordance with international Convention on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 95). Upon successful completion you qualify for Transport Canada's Watchkeeping Mate certificate of competency. This allows you to sail as a Watchkeeping mate around the globe on any type of merchant ship. This program also prepares you to continue your training to advance to higher levels of Transport Canada certification.
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
You apply for funding after you've been accepted to the program.
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