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Marine Navigation Management Technology

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

Three students in uniform practise their skills inside the Nautical Institute's marine navigation simulator.
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1 Year
Advanced Diploma

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This program prepares you for a management-level 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 also develop effective leadership skills and knowledge of control procedures that ensure safe operations and care for persons on board your ship.

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  • Completion of this program provides credits for Transport Canada's Chief Mate Certificate of Competency.
  • This program provides a mixture of classroom, lab and simulation training.
  • You study the major principles of marine navigation, cargo handling, ship management, practical safety training and engineering knowledge, and then put your skills to use in ship simulators.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with the skills and knowledge to work safely in industry.
  • For more detailed information specific to the marine industry, visit Careers at Sea.

Other info

  • Navigation officers are in high demand worldwide.
  • The officer certification achieved upon completion of the program and sea service is recognized by the International Maritime Organization, through Transport Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International students may not be eligible for a Transport Canada certificate of competency unless granted citizenship or permanent resident status. You are strongly encouraged to verify currency of training with your government prior to registering. View additional Transport Canada details

September 2023

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Strait Area Campus
Port Hawkesbury
Full time In person Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Marine Navigation Technology diploma or a Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate certificate with six months of service as an Officer of Watch.

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.


Tuition amounts are for the 2022-23 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. 2023-24 tuition will be announced in the late Spring.

Tuition (Domestic):
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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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates find employment with a variety of shipping companies that operate cargo ships, tankers, passenger ferries, and research and offshore supply vessels.
  • Learn more about labour market information. Visit Career Options

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you may be able to apply to earn credit. Not all programs are eligible. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

MANT 3103 - Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization
This classroom based course is delivered through a mix of Lecture, tutorial, and software and is designed to provide seafarers with the knowledge and understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and their vessel. This course applies to officers and ratings who will be assigned specific duties and responsibilities related to cargo and cargo equipment on oil or chemical tankers, taking into account section A-V/1 of the STCW Code.

MANT 4402 - Meteorology 2
This course covers the required learning outcomes for Marine Meteorology, Level 2 as required by Transport Canada under TP 5562. This is a management level course for ships officers giving learners the understanding about weather charts, Synoptic and Prognostic Charts; Ice Formation and Decay; Ice Detection and Reporting; Waves and Swells; Oceanic Currents and Effect on the Climate; Tropical Revolving Storms; Weather Messages and Codes; Optimum Weather Routing; Passage Planning, Tidal Calculations and the use of Nautical Publications for tidal and ocean currents.

MANT 4403 - Navigation Systems and Instruments
This course meets the requirements of Navigation Systems and Instruments (NS&I), as detailed n TP 5562; Nautical Cadet Program. It is the study of all bridge equipment and systems; theory and operation. Topics include: radio communication, compasses, magnetism, electricity, modern electronic aids, integrated bridge systems, dynamic positioning and alarm systems.

MANT 4404 - Leadership and Managerial Skills
The course provides knowledge and practice for officers in supervision, organizational structure and crew training techniques at the management level including task and workload management. Effective resource management techniques, decision-making processes and the development, implementation and oversight of standard operating procedures are integral to this course. The analysis of stress, fatigue and communication factors in terms of their evolution and associated morale and safety compromises are also covered. Learning presented in this course will augment and enhance individual leadership style and skills and can be applied on a day-to-day basis by those responsible for the safe, efficient, and effective operation of an individual vessel or a fleet of vessels. Additional detail of specific objectives covered can be found in the Transport Canada Document TP-15337E.

MANT 4406 - Simulated Electronic Navigation, Mgmt
Participants in this course assume the duties, responsibilities and oversight of the vessel’s master. A range of simulated episodes exploit passage appraisal, planning, execution and monitoring as well as the evolution of essential human and technical resource skills. Supervision of navigation and the consideration of conditions and circumstances that affect safe navigation are course integral. Content subjects include distress, search and rescue, shipboard emergencies and the application of ship-handling skills in various environmental and geographic conditions.

MANT 4410 - Cargo 3
This course is a classroom based Transport Canada approved module designed to provide prospective ship officers with the level of cargo handling knowledge and skills meeting the function: “Cargo Handling and Stowage at the Management Level” as outlined in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and "Watchkeeping for Seafarers".

MANT 4411 - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - GOC
This GOC – GMDSS course is intended for mariners serving on vessels operating in all sea areas (GMDSS A1, A2, A3 and A4 Sea Areas) The GOC is compliant with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW 95 Regulation IV/2). This course is delivered in the Nautical Institute’s radio-communication laboratory. Learners will practice the use of communications devices on the functional equivalent of industry standard equipment. It is comprised of a mix of theory delivered by lecture, user skills delivered by demonstration and hands on skill-building exercises. The material presented in this course covers the scope of the training and assessment requirements for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System - General Operator Certificate (GMDSS-GOC).

MANT 4413 - Ship Security Officer (SSO)
This course provides all Seafarers with the basic understanding of Marine Security Policy, Security Responsibilities, Ship Security Assessment, Security Equipment, Ship Security Plan, Threat Identification, Recognition and Response, Ship Security Actions, Emergency Preparedness, Drills and Exercises, Security Administration and Training. The course will ensure that all Seafarers are able to provide assistance in security situations.

MANT 4422 - Ship Management 3
This course covers required learning outcomes for Ship Management, Level 3 as required by Transport Canada under TP 5562. This is a management level course for ships officers giving learners the understanding about how the ships business is conducted in compliance with national Legislations and International conventions. This course covers various national Legislation and IMO conventions dealing with the safety of life at sea, marine pollutions and also gives the learner understanding of ship employment contracts and contracts of carriage.

MANT 4425 - Engineering Knowledge 2
This course introduces the learner to the principles of propulsion system found on board ships including Diesel Engine, Steam and Gas Turbines. The course covers Propeller and shafts, types of pumps, Controllable pitch propeller, Bridge Controls, Electrical Systems, Emergency powers, Boiler, Water Distillation, Pumps, Steering Gears and Stabilizers. It also covers refrigeration, air-conditioning and ventilation, sewage treatment plants, oily-water separators and oil filtering equipment, deck machinery, maintenance of hatch covers, hydraulic systems, air receivers, fire detection and extinguishing system, depth measuring instruments, self-unloading vessels, vessels operating in ice, engineering terms and fuel consumption, vibration, materials, and engineering watches.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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