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Transport Canada Certified Marine Training Programs in Vancouver Island BC

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North Island College (NIC) is a community college located in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada committed to high quality and excellence in the programs and services. With over 900 courses and 70 credit programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism, and university studies, NIC offers the education and skills training needed to reach your goal, with the flexibility and support to make it achievable.

Learn to navigate the season NIC's new marine simulators, the only high-tech equipment of their kind north of Victoria using programs unique to the BC Coast. In NIC's Marine Training program students can drop anchor on a 40,000-ton transport ship, hook a tugboat to a barge, or sail a high speed yacht in BC’s best, and worst, sea conditions.

NIC’s Marine Training courses are specifically designed for current mariners to upgrade their certificates and for those new to the marine industry looking for the opportunity to start their career. Small classes, great instructors. The excellent student-to-faculty ratio at NIC gives you more direct contact with your instructors than at other institutions. NIC’s program is designed to aid mariners throughout the province by making training in nautical subjects convenient and accessible.

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Training Programs


  • Marine Emergency Duties Basic Safety (Med A1): New entrants to the marine industry and personnel who have no formal training in marine emergency situations will benefit from this course. Students will learn the hazards associated with the marine environment and their vessel, and the prevention of shipboard incidents, including fire. They will be able to raise and react to alarms and other emergencies, ensure that all seafarers are able to provide assistance in fire and abandonment emergency situations, and assist in their own survival and rescue.
  • Marine Emergency Duties Small Passenger Vessel Safety (Med A2): In addition to topics covered by the Basic Safety course, this Transport Canada approved course enables you to learn safety-related skills associated with small boat operation and ensuring the safety of passengers. These skills include assisting passengers to survive an emergency, maintenance of safety equipment, and safety record keeping.
  • Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (A3) - 25 Miles: Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small, non-pleasure vessels operating within 25 miles of shore (MED A3). Topics include maritime hazards and emergencies, emergency response, firefighting, lifesaving equipment, abandonment, personal survival, signaling devices and rescue response. The goal of the course is to assist you in responding to marine emergencies in the coastal area.
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training Course: Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, up to five 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 (including an inland voyage on Lake Superior or Lake Huron) or a sheltered waters voyage.
  • Master, Limited/ Fishing Master IV: This course is for those working towards their Master, Limited or Fishing Master, IV Class certification. The Master Limited certificate is required by masters of vessels up to 60 gross tonnage and is valid on passenger carrying vessels, work boats, and tugs of less than 60 gross tons. The Fishing Master, IV Class certificate is for masters of fishing vessels of not more than 100 gross tons engaged on near-coastal or sheltered waters voyages; or officer in charge of the watch of a fishing vessel of any tonnage engaged on near-coastal and sheltered waters voyages. This comprehensive course prepares mariners for writing two core Transport Canada exams, Navigation Safety Level 1 and Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1.
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime: This seven-hour course will prepare you for the Department of Communications examination for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC-M).
  • Ship Construction & Stability Level 3: This course prepares students for Transport Canada examination on Ship Construction and Stability Level 3, as required towards Master 150 and 500 Gross Tonnage certification. Students will learn about the design and construction of various types of vessels and be able to perform stability calculations and interpret data from hydrostatic tables and curves.
  • Chartwork and Pilotage 2: This course prepares mariners for writing their Transport Canada Chartwork and Pilotage Level 2 exam, as required for Master 150Ton Domestic, Fishing Master 3rd Class, Chief Mate 500T Domestic and Watchkeeping Mate certifications.
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime Commercial: Mariners serving on compulsorily-fitted commercial ships (Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems or GMDSS) within the North American A1 sea areas require this course for compliance with the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

North Island College Facts

  • Campus Location: Trainings are conducted at Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, and Ucluelet campuses, Vancouver Island, 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) and Languages Canada (LC).

LAST UPDATED ON Dec 05, 2017

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