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Marine Navigation Technology

Marine Navigation Technology

Study the major principles of marine navigation, seamanship, meteorology, ship construction and stability and prepare for a career as a ship's navigation officer.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
3 Years
$3,515 (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 Seats available


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.

In this program, you get 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.

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 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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
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 funding details

As an Indigenous person, you are automatically considered for additional funds (up to $10,500) to help with living expenses.

Sea time

  • During the program, you study on campus from September to April with sea internships taking place from April to August.
  • 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.

Career options

  • Upon graduation, you're eligible to write Transport Canada's Certificate of Competency for Watchkeeping Mate exam. Successful completion of this exam enables you to secure a job in the marine industry as a deck officer and provides the foundation for you to continue your training to achieve further certifications.
  • Shipping companies and operations, tankers, passenger ferries, research vessels and offshore supply vessels, which operate in the inland, lake and coastal waters of Canada and the international community.
  • 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

  • You study the major principles of marine navigation, seamanship, ship construction and stability and meteorology and then put those theories to work in the communications and ship simulators at the campus and onboard your ship during your sea training. Practical safety training is also conducted at the campus Fire Fighting and Boat Facilities.

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.
  • Graduates of this program have the option to continue their training by enrolling in the Marine Navigation Management Technology program.
  • This program has Transport Canada approval. Graduates of programs approved by Transport Canada are granted remission of sea service towards certification either having successfully completed a 3-year approved cadet training program in marine navigation or having acquired at least 36 months of qualifying service, including at least 6 months performing bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of a qualified deck officer;
  • 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.
  • 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 the 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 1001   Seagoing Service and Onboard Training I
MANT 1101   Mathematics I
MANT 1102   Physics I
MANT 1104   Navigation Safety I, Level 1
MANT 1106   Chartwork and Pilotage I, Level 2
MANT 1107   Bridgewatch Rating - General Seamanship I
MANT 1110   Cargo I, Level 2
MANT 1111   Bridgewatch Rating - General Seamanship II
MANT 1121   Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities
MANT 1201   Mathematics II
MANT 1202   Physics II
MANT 1205   General Ship Knowledge I, Level 3
MANT 1206   General Ship Knowledge II, Level 3
MANT 1207   Physics V
MANT 1245   Technical Writing I
MANT 2001   Seagoing Service and Onboard Training II
MANT 2101   Meteorology, Level 1
MANT 2103   Ship Construction and Stability I, Level 4
MANT 2106   Navigation Safety II, Level 1
MANT 2107   Marine Communication, Levels 1 and 2
MANT 2200   Cargo II, Level 2
MANT 2201   Chartwork and Pilotage II, Level 2
MANT 2203   Simulated Electronic Navigation - Operational
MANT 2204   Electronic Positioning Systems
MANT 2208   Chartwork and Pilotage III, Level 2
MANT 2209   Bridgewatch Rating - General Seamanship III
MANT 2210   Physics III
MANT 2211   Physics IV
MANT 2245   Technical Writing II
MANT 3001   Seagoing Service and Onboard Training III
MANT 3100   Navigation Safety III, Level 1
MANT 3104   General Seamanship – Oral Prep I
MANT 3201   Ship Construction and Stability II, Level 4
MANT 3203   Celestial Navigation Astro, Level 2
MANT 3300   Ship Construction and Stability III, Level 4
MANT 3301   Cargo III, Level 2
MANT 3302   Cargo IV, Level 2
MANT 3303   Mathematics III
MANT 3306   General Ship Knowledge III, Level 3
MANT 3310   General Seamanship - Oral Prep II
MANT 7007   Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
MARI 7019   Restricted Operators Certificate - Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)
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
MEDC 2812   Marine Advanced First Aid
MEDC 2831   Advanced Firefighting
MMGT 2408   Leadership and Teamwork Skills I
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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