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Maritime Diploma, Trades & Apprenticeships and Transport Canada Certified Nautical Training & APICS Supply Chain Course Victoria, BC

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Established in 1971, Camosun College is located in Victoria, British Columbia. Camosun’s two campuses serve approximately 12,500 learners (8,600 full-time equivalents) registered in degree, diploma and certificate programs and a further 7,400 registrants in courses offered through the continuing education department. Each year Camosun welcomes over 700 International students.

Camosun College offers a surprising array of innovative programs to help meet the needs of students and communities in Victoria and beyond. The education offerings include university transfer and applied degree programs; career and trades training; upgrading and preparatory programs; and continuing education.

The Nautical Training program is designed to prepare eligible students for a career at sea. Courses range from Basic Safety Training to long duration courses leading to a Certificate of Competency as Master or Mate, issued by Transport Canada, Marine Safety Branch. Students register for a complete program or specific modules within a program-lengths of courses vary within the program. All classes take place at the Interurban Campus.

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Training Programs

Diploma Program

  • Electrical Engineering Technology - Marine & Industrial, Diploma (2.5 years): This program is designed to prepare you for direct entry in the marine or industrial electrical sectors, or you can choose to further your education in engineering at UVIC. You'll develop your skills with electrical devices such as VFD’s, PLC’s and Electrical Machines and will be able to design and document these complex electrical systems that can be applied in both marine and industrial projects.

Trades & Apprenticeships

  • Bridge Watch Rating Program (12 to 16 weeks): The Bridge Watch Rating gets you the skills to start a nautical career aboard commercial vessel. This is a fully-funded Bridge Watch Rating program to learn and enhance seamanship skills, earn nationally-recognized certifications, and embark upon an exciting, entry-level career in the Marine industry.
  • Multi-Industry Trades Exploration & Employment (Mi-Tee) (12 weeks): This 12-week program trains individuals for employment as entry-level trades helpers and skilled labourers in a number of trades careers in the marine industry. The program teaches skills required to successfully learn on the job and provides opportunities for bridging into other foundation or apprenticeship programs.

Maritime Training Programs

  • Chartwork and Pilotage Level 1: This entry level course is designed to provide the mariner with in-depth knowledge of chartwork and pilotage that is required to plan and monitor the safe passage of a small vessel engaged on coastal voyages.
  • Navigation Safety Level 1: This course provides students with thorough knowledge of the content, application, and intent of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modification, Effective Bridge Teamwork Procedures and STCW codes dealing with navigational watch are also covered.
  • Meteorology Level 1: This is an entry level course designed to provide mariners with a basic knowledge of - the characteristics of the various weather systems, reporting procedures and recording systems; use of meteorological instruments found on board ships; interpretation of weather information; interpretation of a synoptic chart, and weather routing.
  • Chartwork and Pilotage Level 2: This course provides the deck officer with an in-depth knowledge of the practices and theory involved in piloting a vessel.
  • Communications (COMM): This is a basic course in Ship Communication, students will learn to recognize different sound signals used by ships for maneuvering, when in both restricted visibility and in distress.
  • Electronic Positioning System (EPS): This course is designed to provide training in the basic theory and operational use of navigating instruments found on board vessels.
  • Cargo Work Level 2: This is a course designed to provide ship’s officers and captains and follows the guidelines of STCW 2010, parallels the framework of the IMO Model Courses and fulfills the requirements of the applicable sections of TP2293 and IMO Model Courses 7.01 and 7.03.
  • General Ship Knowledge Level 3: The purpose of this course is to provide students with basic knowledge of various Canadian maritime regulations and applications.
  • Marine Advanced First Aid: This course provides a comprehensive First Aid & CPR curriculum with scenarios taken from the marine/fishing industry.
  • Marine Emergency Duties - Domestic Vessel Safety: First time seafarers, prepare to work safely work aboard a vessel - This course provides the minimum knowledge of emergency response required to determine the hazards associated with the marine environment and your vessel. You will also learn how to prevent shipboard incidents including fire.
  • ROC-MC (Maritime Commercial): The Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) is intended for mariners, serving on compulsorily fitted commercial ships within the North American A1 Sea Area.
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation Limited: This course is to meet the requirements of the Marine Personnel Regulations for the Domestic Fishing, Chief Mate and Master certificate of competency.
  • Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS): Using IMO's performance standards and recognized by Transport Canada, the course introduces ECDIS.
  • Bridge Resource Management (BRM): For Masters, Navigating Officers, & Bridge Watch Keepers. Focus is on the practical skills required to ensure the safety of the ship, its personnel and cargo, and the protection of the environment.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP): Recognized for certification through Transport Canada, this course is a requirement for seafarers working on small commercial vessels.
  • Nautical Leadership and Teamwork (LTW): Develop your leadership and teamwork skills at the operational level on board a ship.
  • Nautical Leadership and Managerial Skills (LMS): On completion of this course, the trainee should be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding of Leadership and Managerial Skills for working effectively at the Management level on board a ship as per the requirements of STCW 2010 Manila Amendments and Transport Canada TP 15337E.
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation - Operational: The Simulated Electronic Navigation – Operational (SEN-O) course will cover the requirements of the Standards of Training Certificate and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention.
  • Ship Construction and Stability Level 3 & 4: This is a course designed to provide ship’s officers and captains with the knowledge and skill required to: understand the basic design and construction of various types of vessels, perform basic stability calculations with emphasis on practical skills, extract data from hydrostatic tables and curves, perform calculations related to ship’s drafts, trim, list and initial stability.
  • Ship Construction and Stability Level 5: This is a course designed to provide ship’s Masters with the knowledge and skill required to safely and efficiently manage the stress and stability of a vessel in both intact and damaged conditions.

Supply Chain Programs

  • CSCP - Certified Supply Chain Professional: The APICS CSCP program helps you demonstrate your knowledge and organizational skills for developing more streamlined operations. Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to write the CSCP certification exam.


  • Campus Location: Interurban Rd, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Legal Recognition / Accreditation: Public Institution Recognized under a Public Act. Enabling Legislation: College and Institute Act
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC); Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Languages Canada (LC).

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LAST UPDATED ON Oct 20, 2021