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Become a marine engineer, navigator, technician and more with training from the Nautical Institute.

$2.5 million bursary program available to women and Indigenous peoples

The marine industry is growing and thousands of job opportunities exist right now.

To help meet this demand and diversify the workforce, the federal government, through the Oceans Protection Plan, is providing $2.5 million in bursaries for women and Indigenous peoples to pursue marine education.

Why choose a career at sea?

  • Salaries start as high as $70,000 for ship's officers
  • The marine industry is international, which means you can see the world while you work
  • Work on a variety of ships, including ferries, cargo and research vessels
  • Funding is available through 2021 to help you succeed

Get started with a marine course or program

Register for a marine training course or apply to a marine program.

Marine training courses

As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify to have 90% of the course cost covered. View bursary details

  • Fishing Master IV
    Wagmatcook Learning Centre
    Wagmatcook, NS
    Start date: Sept. 9
  • Marine Emergency Duties
    NSCC Nautical Institute (Strait Area Campus)
    Port Hawkesbury, NS
    Start dates: June 17, July 29, Nov. 25
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
    La Picasse
    Petit-de-Grat, NS
    Start date: July 8
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency
    Location TBD
    Membertou, NS
    Start date: Sept. 23

View all nautical courses

Marine programs

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

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