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Transport Canada Approved Marine Workforce Training Programs and & Industry Training in British Columbia

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Established in 1975, Coast Mountain College (CMTN), (formerly Northwest Community College NWCC), is an accredited post-secondary institution that serves the rich and diverse communities and learners of BC’s northwest region. Coast Mountain College has five regional campuses serving 34 communities, 21 of which are First Nations communities.  The campuses are located in Hazelton, Haida Gwaii, Smithers, Prince Rupert and Terrace.

CMTN offers college access programs; small class sizes; health and human services programs; online programs; university credit programs, trades foundation and apprenticeship programs. Coast Mountain College also offers innovative and flexible mobile training, reaching communities beyond its campuses.


Workforce Training provides relevant training to enhance skills and abilities required in the workforce and for personal enrichment. CMTN offers a range of industry and safety certifications, professional development upgrading, and general interest courses responsive to the changing needs of individuals, businesses and communities. 

Marine Training campuses are located at Masset & Prince Rupert, BC.

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Training Programs




Marine Workforce Training

  • Marine Emergency Duties - A3 (MED-A3) (8 hours, Masset & Prince Rupert Campuses): MED-A3 is a basic personal safety training certificate course mandatory for persons working as crew members of fishing vessels or small commercial vessels shorter than 12 meters in length, operating no more than 25 miles offshore.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) (24 hours, Masset & Prince Rupert Campuses): This course provides basic theoretical knowledge to people with specified practical skills and experience in commercial power-driven vessels. On completion of the course, students will have the skills and knowledge to take charge of a non-commercial vessel up to 5 tons operating in designated waters. The SVOP Certificate is valid for the operators of a small non-passenger commercial vessel.
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime (ROC-M) (12 hours, Masset & Prince Rupert Campuses): This maritime radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques for you and your family. The course also prepares you for the Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) endorsement examination.
  • Red Cross Marine Basic First Aid (16 hours, Masset, Terrace, Smithers & Prince Rupert Campuses): This course provides a comprehensive First Aid & CPR technique with scenarios taken from the marine/fishing industry for individuals who need a basic training level in First Aid & CPR for the marine industry.
  • Red Cross Marine Advanced First Aid (31 hours, Hazelton, Smithers, Prince Rupert & Terrace Campuses): Comprehensive First Aid and CPR techniques and scenarios for those who need a higher level of training to work and respond to emergencies in an advanced marine setting.

Industry Training Programs

  • Aerial Lift / Scissor Lift
  •  Air Brakes Endorsement
  •  Basic Security Training/Course
  •  Blaster Helper Training - Blast Support Practices
  •  Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVIP/PVIP)
  •  Confined Space Hazard Awareness
  •  Energy Safety Canada Level 1 Chainsaw
  •  Fall Protection
  •  Forklift Operator Certification
  •  H2S Alive
  •  Helicopter Safety
  •  Rigging & Lifting Safety
  •  S-100 Fire Suppression
  •  S-10A Fire Suppression Refresher
  •  S-185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
  •  Specialized Chainsaw Safety
  •  Traffic Control Flagging
  •  Traffic Control Person Requalification Course
  •  Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  •  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

Last Updated: June 22, 2021