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Marine Training

Transport Canada Marine Safety approved education and training

Where: Campbell River
Starts: Varies
  • Develop essential skills for the workforce or expand your personal marine knowledge.
  • Learn boat safety, hazards, emergency response, survival and rescue and much more.
  • Prepare to write the Transport Canada, Industry Canada and Canadian Power Squadron exams for certification in: Fishing Master IV, Master, Limited (60 GT), Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP), MED A’s, ROC-MC and ROC-MC.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • Education you can trust. As the region’s leading provider of marine education for more than 20 years, NIC works closely with Transport Canada and local employers to ensure your training meets all current industry and safety standards.
  • Workforce training solutions. NIC works with employers and groups to deliver marine training courses upon request. The location and combination of courses can be tailored to suit your needs, preparing your crew with the latest Transport Canada Marine Safety requirements.

 

Browse Schedules & Costs

Marine training courses are offered year-round in Campbell River or for groups at any location upon request. To browse upcoming courses and schedules, visit the Continuing Education Course Search, and select any month in the left navigation pane to view.

 

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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Whether you are developing your skills for the workforce or for your own personal marine safety, NIC provides experienced and emerging mariners with a Transport Canada Marine Safety approved learning experience.

Marine Emergency Duties Courses

These Transport Canada, Marine Safety approved Marine Emergency Duties courses are required for persons working on the water. These courses provide mariners with basic understanding of fire and fire prevention, dealing with emergencies and abandonment, survival and rescue. MED-032 ensures that crew members are able to maintain the safety of passengers. Please contact Transport Canada directly to confirm the level of MED course required for your industry.

  • MED-003 Small Non-pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (A3) – 25 Miles (1 day)
  • MED-031 Marine Emergency Duties (MED A1) (3 days)
  • MED-032 Marine Emergency Duties (MED A2) (4 days)

Optional Courses for Deck Crew/Mariners

The following Transport-Canada approved courses provide beginner level safety and training suited to all mariners.

  • NAU-016 Restricted Operator, Maritime (ROC-M) (1 day)
  • NAU-005 Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) (4 days)
  • FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C (2 days)


Restricted Operator Certificate (GMDSS) – Maritime Commercial

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 areas operating beyond 25 nautical miles off shore. This is an industry Canada issued certificate. 

Please note existing ROC certificate holders who bring a valid certificate to class, issued prior to February 1, 1999 from Industry Canada only, are required to attend the last two days of class. Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certificates do not meet this requirement. The certificate must be presented when registering. Persons without an existing ROC certificate must attend three days of class.

  • NAU-051 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (GMDSS ROC-MC) (3 days)
  • NAU-041 Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial (abridged) (GMDSS ROC-MC) (2 days)


Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

This course applies to operators of Small Commercial Vessels under 5GT and Commercial Fishing Vessels under 15GT engaged on Near Coastal Class 2 (within 25 nautical miles offshore) and is based on Transport Canada syllabus. Topics include: basic nautical terminology, vessel hull types and configuration, basic seamanship, collision regulations, stability, safety on the job, marine weather, navigation, distress signaling and rescue. This course will assist you in safely operating a small, non-pleasure, and power vessel. 

  • NAU-005 Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) (4 days)

Other courses that may be applicable: ROC-M, Marine Basic First Aid, MED A3.


Master, Limited Certificate of Competency

This program is for mariners who operate, or who wish to operate commercial vessels under 60GT. Completion of this course will prepare you to write the Chartwork and Pilotage Level 1 exam and the Navigation Safety Level 1 exam, both of which are administered by a Transport Canada examiner. Course content will include subjects which are covered in the final oral exam given by a Transport Canada examiner such as stability, meteorology, communications, and Transport Canada regulations. The content for the oral examination is determined by the Transport Canada examiner and will relate to the area of operation, type of craft, and equipment carried on board the vessel for which the certificate will be used.

This course may be of particular interest to charter boat operators, tug boat captains, crew boat captains, or those wanting to increase their knowledge of navigation, collision regulations, vessel stability, weather, and associated Transport Canada regulations. Certificates will be issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety.

Certificates of Competency are issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety. Applicants are only eligible for these certificates once all required courses are completed and they have passed the oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner.

Sea Service Requirements
A minimum of two months sea service performing deck duties on a vessel of similar size, in an area of which the certificate is sought and on similar voyages that correspond to the certificate sought. Prior to acceptance for the final oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner, you must have your sea service approved and must have successfully completed the required courses. See also "Calculation of Sea Service" at bottom of this page.

Examination Requirements

Transport Canada Requirement

NIC Course

Notes:

Seafarer's Medical (passenger vessels only)

N/A

Obtain from a Transport Canada approved doctor

Marine Basic First Aid & CPR-C

FAC-082

Additional course requirement

Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime (ROC-M) NAU-016

Additional course requirement

040 Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1

NAU-014

Part of Master Limited program

060 Navigation Safety Level 1 NAU-014

Part of Master Limited program

Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety (MED A1)/ 

Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2)

MED-031/
MED-032
Additional course requirement
 


Certificate of Service as Master of a Fishing Vessel of Not More than 60 Tons Gross Tonnage

Certification
The holder of this certificate may act as a Master on board a fishing vessel of not more than 60 gross tonnage, engaged on voyages as specified on the certificate in accordance with experience.

Certificates of Competency are issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety. You will only be eligible for these certificates once all required courses are completed and you have passed the oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner.

Sea Service Requirements
Complete 12 months service as Master of a Fishing Vessel of not less than 15GT or 12 metres in length overall, performed before 2007; and in addition, six fishing seasons acting as Master of a Fishing Vessel over 5GT before 2007. If you have not completed this additional six fishing seasons (with no two of those seasons occurring in the same year) then you will be required to complete: Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited, Marine Basic First Aid, and the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP). Prior to acceptance for the final oral exam with a Transport Canada Marine Safety examiner you must have sea service approved and must have successfully completed the required courses. See also "Calculation of Sea Service" at bottom of this page.

Examination Requirements

Transport Canada Requirement

NIC Course

Notes:

Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime Commercial (>25 nautical miles from shore)

NAU-051

Additional course requirement

Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime (ROC-M)

NAU-016

Additional course requirement

Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety (MED A1)

MED-031

Additional course requirement


Fishing Master – Class IV

Certification
The holder of this certificate may act as Master on board a fishing vessel of not more than 100GT engaged on a Near Coastal Class 1 and Sheltered Waters Voyage and as Officer in charge of the watch of a fishing vessel of any tonnage engaged on Near Coastal Class 1 and Sheltered Waters Voyage.

Certificates of competency are issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety. You will only be eligible for these certificates once all required courses are completed and you have passed the oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner.

Sea Service Requirements
12 months sea time performing deck duties on fishing vessels that are 6 metres or more in length. See also "Calculation of Sea Service" at bottom of this page.

Examination Requirements

 

Transport Canada Requirement

NIC Course

Notes:

Seafarer's Medical

N/A

Obtain from a Transport Canada approved doctor

Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited

NAU-030 Additional course requirement - currently not available at NIC

040 Chartwork & Pilotage

NAU-014

Additional course requirement

060 Navigation Safety Level 1

NAU-014

Additional course requirement

Ship Construction and Stability Level 1

NAU-021

Inquire for more information

Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime Commercial

NAU-051

Additional course requirement

Marine Advanced First Aid & CPR C

FAC-084

Additional course requirement

Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety (MED A1)

MED-031

Additional course requirement

 


Certificate of Service as Watchkeeping Mate of a Fishing Vessel

Certification
The holder of this certificate may act as Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch on board a fishing vessel of not more than 100 gross tonnage engaged voyages as specified on the certificate in accordance with experience.

Certificates of competency are issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety. Applicants are only eligible for these certificates once all required courses are completed and they have passed the oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner.

Sea Service Requirements
Complete 12 months service as watchkeeping person on a Fishing Vessel of not less than 15GT or 12 metres in length overall, performed before 2007; and in addition, six fishing seasons acting as watchkeeping person of a Fishing Vessel before 2007. If the applicant has not completed this additional six fishing seasons (with no two of those seasons occurring in the same year) then the applicant will be required to complete: Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited, Marine Basic First Aid and the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP). See also "Calculation of Sea Service" at bottom of this page.

Examination Requirements

Transport Canada Requirement NIC Course Notes:

Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime Commercial 
(>25 nautical miles from shore)
Or
Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime

NAU-051

NAU-016

Additional course requirement

Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety (MED A1) MED-031 Additional course requirement
Following courses are not compulsory if the candidate has acquired at least 7 fishing seasons as watchkeeping person before July 1, 2007.
Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited NAU-030 Additional course requirement
Small Vessel Operator Proficiency NAU-005 Additional course requirement
Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C FAC-082 Additional course requirement


Fishing Vessel Watchkeeping Mate

Certification
The holder of this certificate may act as the person in charge of navigational watch on a fishing vessel of not more than 150 gross tonnage and less than 24 metres in length overall engaged in Near Coastal Class 1 voyages. Valid also as master of a fishing vessel of up to 15 gross tonnage or not more than 12 metres overall in length engaged in Near Coastal Class 2 voyages.

Certificates of Competency are issued by Transport Canada Marine Safety. Applicants are only eligible for these certificates once all required courses are completed and they have passed the oral exam with a Transport Canada examiner.

Sea Service Requirements
Six months of sea service performing deck duties on a fishing vessel of at least 6 metres or more in length.

Examination Requirements

Transport Canada Requirement  NIC Course Notes:
Seafarer's Medical N/A Obtain from Transport Canada approved doctor
Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited NAU-030 Additional course requirement - currently not available at NIC

040 Chartwork & Pilotage

NAU-014 Additional course requirement

060 Navigation Safety Level 1

NAU-014 Additional course requirement
Restricted Operator Certificate, Maritime Commercial NAU-051 Additional course requirement
Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C FAC-082 Additional course requirement

Calculation of Sea Service

One month is equivalent to 30 days. An 8-hour day is one day. A 9 to 12 hour day is equal to 1.5 days. This time must be while the vessel is underway. Days underway that are less than 8 hours may be pro-rated.

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