Marine Training

Whether you are developing your skills for the workforce or for your own personal marine safety, NIC provides industry-approved training for both experienced and emerging mariners. Learn boat safety, hazards, emergency response, survival and rescue and more. Prepare to write the certification exams from Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Canadian Power Squadron for: Fishing Master IV, Limited (60 GT) and Small Vessel Operator Proficiency.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: Varies

There’s a huge demand for qualified marine workers in a variety of industries. It’s an incredibly rewarding career, but it can also be hazardous, which is why safety training is so important. I’m proud that I can help workers prepare so they can work on the water safely.

Clive Quigley, Marine Training instructor

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Marine Emergency Duties (MED) - Domestic

Marine Emergency Duty training is required for working on all ships and the course required depends on the size, type and voyage of vessel. The NIC MED courses provide seafarers on small, domestic vessels with an understanding of the hazards associated with the marine environment and with their vessel and provide them with the skills to cope with these hazards to an extent appropriate to their functions on board.

  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • MED-003 Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3)

Marine First Aid

If you are looking for employment on commercial ships, fishing vessels, the Canadian Coast Guard, or BC Ferries or perhaps are a pleasure boater who wants to be more prepared, First Aid Certification is key.

  • FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C
  • FAC-084 Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

Marine Basic First Aid is required by:

  1. Any person who wants to obtain a rating certificate or endorsement or who wants to obtain a Master or Chief Mate Limited certificate;
  2. The person designated to provide first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near coastal voyage, class 2 or sheltered waters voyage

 

Marine Advanced First Aid is required by

  1. Any person who wants to obtain a Master’s or Officer’s certificate of competency or endorsement;
  2. The person designated to provide first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near coastal voyage, class 1 or unlimited voyage.

 

This information is summarized from the Transport Canada website. Find more information here http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/bulletins-2009-03-eng.htm or contact Transport Canada directly.

 


Professional Radio Operator Certificates

Radio operator certifications ensure proficiency in marine communication. The Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M) is mainly intended for pleasure boaters and certificates are issued by the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. The Restricted Operator Certificate – maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) is intended for mariners serving on compulsorily fitted commercial ships (Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems or GMDSS) within the North American A1 Sea Area, as defined in Radio Aids to Marine Navigation. ROC-MC is an Industry Canada-issued certificate. Both certificates are good for life.

  • NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M)
  • NAU-051 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)

 

Crew Certification – What training do I need?

Certification that shows that a crew has at least the minimum level of training required is mandatory for all non-pleasure vessel crews in three areas:

 

First aid – At least one crew member must hold a valid certificate in marine first aid.

Operator competency – The operator of the vessel must be certified at the appropriate level, or higher, for the size and type of vessel and the voyage that is being undertaken.

Basic safety training – each crew member must also obtain a certificate in basic safety training, asslo known as MED or Marine Emergency Duties.

 

Table- *Operator Competency/+Marine Emergency Duties (MED) Training Requirements

 

 

Vessel

 

 

 

 

 

Near Coastal,

Class 1

Near Coastal, Class 2

 

Sheltered Waters

More than 2 Sheltered Waters nautical miles from shore

2 nautical miles or less from shore

Passenger-Carrying Vessels

More than 5 GT

 

*Limited Master < 60 GT  +MED A2 or A3

Less than or equal 5 GT and either:

  • more than 8 m; or
  • more than 6 passengers

 

*Master 150 GT  (Domestic)

 

*(if endorsed for limited, contiguous waters)

+MED BST

 

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

 

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

No more than 6 passengers and no more than 8 m

*Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Workboats

More than 5 GT

 

*Master 150 GT  (Domestic)

 

*(if endorsed for limited, contiguous waters)

+MED BST

*Limited Master < 60 GT  +MED A2 or A3

Less than or equal 5 GT and more than 8 m (except tugs)

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

 

*SVOP

 

+MED A2 or A3

No more than 8 m (except tugs)

 

*PCOC

Tugs

*Limited Master < 60 GT  +MED A2 or A3

This table is for easy reference only. If different from the Marine Personnel Regulations, the Regulations shall prevail.

 

This information is summarized from the Transport Canada website. Please contact Transport Canada directly to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information on what training you require.

 


Certificates of Competency
 

Every vessel operator must be certified at the appropriate level, or higher, for the size and type of vessel and the voyage that is being undertaken. Certificates of Competency (CoC’s), or Operator Competency Certificates, are issued by Transport Canada and applicants are only eligible for these certificates once all requirements are met. Requirements usually include several courses, time in sea service, a seafarer’s medical exam, and an oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner. Following are some of the CoC’s that are available and that NIC offers some coursework for. Note that the marine training offered at NIC may also meet some of the requirements for other CoC’s. Be sure to confirm the requirements you need with Transport Canada.

Small Commercial Vessels - Operator Competency Certificates

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

This course will assist you in safely operating a small, non-pleasure, and power vessel. It was designed by Transport Canada for operators of commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, up to 5 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage, and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage. Topics include basic nautical terminology, vessel hull types and configurations, basic seamanship, collision regulations, stability, safety on the job, marine weather, navigation, distress signaling and rescue.  This course is often taken together with MED A3 and ROC-M.

  • NAU-005 Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training Course (SVOP)


Master, Limited

This certification is for mariners operating commercial vessels less than 60 gross tonnage. For full certification requirements see the Transport Canada website. NIC offers the following coursework towards this certification:

  • NAU-014 Master, Limited/Fishing Master IV (includes Navigation Safety Level 1 and Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1)
  • NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M)
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C

 

Master 150 Gross Tonnage (Domestic)

This certification is for Masters on board a vessel of not more than 150 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2, and as Master on board a vessel of not more than 500 gross tonnage engaged on a sheltered waters voyage. NIC offers the following coursework towards this certification:

  • NAU-014 Master, Limited/Fishing Master IV (includes Navigation Safety Level 1 and Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1)
  • NAU-023 Ship Construction & Stability Level 3 (SCS 3)
  • NAU-032 Chartwork and Pilotage Level 2
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • FAC-084 Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

Fishing Vessels – Operator Competency Certificates

Fishing Master, Fourth Class

This certification is for Masters on board a fishing vessel of not more than 100 gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal or sheltered waters voyage and as Officer in charge of the watch of a fishing vessel of any tonnage engaged on near coastal and sheltered waters voyage. NIC offers the following coursework towards this certification:

  • NAU-014 Master, Limited/Fishing Master IV (includes Navigation Safety Level 1 and Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1)
  • NAU-051 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • FAC-084 Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

Fishing Master, Third Class

This certification is for Masters on board a fishing vessel of any tonnage engaged on a near coastal or sheltered waters voyage and Officers in charge of the watch of a fishing vessel of any tonnage engaged on an unlimited voyage. NIC offers the following coursework towards this certification:

  • NAU-032 Chartwork and Pilotage Level 2
  • NAU-051 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • FAC-084 Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

Certificate of Service as Master of a Fishing Vessel of not more than 60 Gross Tonnage

This certificate is for Masters on board a fishing vessel of not more than 60 gross tonnage engaged on an unlimited, a near coastal, class 1 or 2 or a sheltered waters voyage (the certificate will specify which type of voyage, in accordance with experience). The coursework requirements may vary according to experience. NIC offers the following coursework towards this certification:

  • NAU-005 Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training Course (SVOP)
  • NAU-051 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)
  • FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C

 

Need to know more about Certificates of Competency?

Visit these Transport Canada pages for further information.

 

Marine Personnel Regulations: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2007-115/page-1.html

The Examination and Certification of Seafarers: http://www.tc.gc.ca/publications/EN/TP2293/PDF/HR/TP2293E.PDF

List of Certificates of Competency, Training Certificates and other Equivalencies accepted as Proof of Competencyhttps://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-courses-pcoc-list-marine-safety-certif-1323.htm

 

 

Admission Requirements

While we do not require specific academic prerequisites, it is advisable that your skills in Mathematics are to a level of at least Grade 10 (MAT-033). North Island College provides assessment and upgrading services to meet this requirement.

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Learn from experienced mariners at NIC, who are passionate about the marine industry and have a wealth of experience to share.

 

Dianna Hay

Dianna Hay

Although she was raised in Port Alberni, Dianna’s love for ships began in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Six years later, with a background in construction, trucking and fishing, she joined the Ministry of Transportation as a deckhand on the Alert Bay ferry. For the next 30 years she sailed on many different routes working her way up the ladder. Through 10 of those years, she was the designated safety trainer for BC Ferries, helping to develop and teach shepherd boat and evacuation skills.

While living in Vancouver, Dianna did volunteer SAR with the Deep Cove Lifeboat Society and operated Charter Vessels out of Coal Harbour.  Coming full circle to where she started, Dianna retired as a Captain in Alert Bay. Today she is the owner of Union Bay Market and thrilled to be back in the Marine industry. She is truly passionate about her life on the water and readily shares her knowledge and experiences as an instructor at North Island College.

 

Jock Palmer

Jock Palmer

Jock grew up in Campbell River and started his marine career commercial fishing, followed by 5 years as seaman and 3rd officer on the Fisheries Research vessel M.V. Tanu. Moving on, he joined the Ministry of Highways ferries, and then the BC Ferry Corporation. Jock has been Master on all BCF routes from Haida Gwai to Tsawwassen, and for six years was Marine Superintendant for BC Ferry Corporation. Jock feels fortunate to have had additional opportunities along the way that include Hull Testing Operations in Vienna, Training Master for the Staten Island Ferries in New York, and sea trials Master for Ocean Pacific and Allied Shipyards.

After retiring from the ferries Jock took his lifetime of local knowledge to Way West Coastal Ventures in Campbell River.  He's also spent several seasons in the Arctic as Master on Inland Ferries, often working in full ice.  Today along with other projects, he works with Quinte Marine in Vancouver as a consultant. Jock has had a full and happy career and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences. He has never stopped appreciating the value of the information passed on to him by his shipmates. His qualifications, experience and sense of humour make for a dynamic combination.  He hopes the students he works with are beginning careers that will be as rewarding and fulfilling as his has been.

 

Clive Quigley

Clive Quigley

Clive grew up in Alert Bay and started as a deckhand on the Ministry of Transportation and Highways ferry to Sointula and Port McNeill. He transferred to the Comox Powell River route and worked in positions from deckhand to bosun, then second officer to chief officer. He also worked as deck officer on the Port Hardy to Bella Coola run. His seafaring experience also includes working as Customer Service Officer and Safety officer for BC Ferries.

Clive started his teaching career instructing in first aid and then delivered workplace harassment awareness training for several forestry companies. His NIC teaching portfolio has included a variety of marine courses, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, WHMIS, Confined Space, and Forklift training. Clive says of his teaching, “I am patient, cheerful, and love maritime history but I am most passionate about mariners receiving the proper safety training for this hazardous industry.”