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Transport Canada Approved Marine Nautical Courses at Ladysmith, B.C.

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Founded in 2000, Western Maritime Institute (WMI) was established to provide marine training in urban and rural locations throughout British Columbia and Canada to meet the accreditation training standards established by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Industry Canada for the fishing, commercial and recreational marine industry.

With campuses located in Ladysmith and Richmond, B.C., as well as the ability to bring the classroom to communities all over Canada, WMI is greatly accessible to seafarers. The fully-equipped Ladysmith campus includes fire-fighting and survival craft training simulators, making it one of only two campuses in Western Canada to include these facilities.

All instructors are a mix of foreign-going Masters and Masters with B.C. coastal experience all with years of industry experience. They are individually accredited by Transport Canada for the courses they teach and hold approved Provincial teaching credentials.

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Training Programs


Marine Emergency Duties (Domestic and STCW)

  • MED Domestic Vessel Safety (26 hours)
  • MED Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety
  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training (46 hours)
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats (30.5 hours)
  • MED STCW Marine Advanced Firefighting (35 hours)
  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training + Proficiency in Survival Craft + Advanced Firefighting Refresher
  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training + Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher
  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training Refresher
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher
  • MED STCW Advanced Firefighting Refresher

Bridge Watch Rating Program (Deckhand Certificate) (12 weeks)

  • Bridge Watch Rating course
  • MED STCW Basic Safety training certificate;
  • MED Survival Craft and Rescue Boats training certificate;
  • Marine Basic First Aid Certificate;
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial

Engine Room Rating (9 weeks)

  • Engine Room Rating course
  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training Certificate
  • MED Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Training Certificate
  • Marine Basic First Aid Certificate

Master Limited (under 60GT)

  • MED Domestic Vessel Safety (Former MED A1/A2)
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Chartwork and Pilotage, Level 1
  • Navigation Safety, Level 1

Chief Mate 150GT Domestic (10 weeks)

  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MED STCW Respect to Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
  • MED STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS Radio Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation, Limited Training Certificate
  • Marine Advanced First Aid
  • Chartwork and Pilotage, Level 1
  • Navigation Safety, Level 1 and Orals Preparation

Master 150GT Domestic (24 weeks)

  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
  • MED STCW Advanced Firefighting
  • STCW Marine Advanced First Aid
  • GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • Ship Construction and Stability, Level 3
  • General Ship Knowledge, Level 3
  • Chartwork and Pilotage, Level 2
  • Meteorology, Level 1
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation - Limited
  • Navigation Safety, Level 1 and Orals Preparation

Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (30 weeks)

  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
  • MED STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
  • Marine Advanced First Aid
  • Communications, Level 1;
  • Communications, Level 2;
  • Chartwork and Pilotage, Level 2;
  • Meteorology, Level 1;
  • Ship Construction and Stability, Level 4;
  • Cargo, Level 2;
  • General Ship Knowledge, Level 3;
  • Navigation Safety, Level 1 and Orals Preparation
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Electronic Positioning System
  • SEN at the Operational Level
  • A steering testimonial attesting to the applicant’s ability to steer

Chief Mate 500GT Domestic

  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
  • MED STCW Advanced Firefighting
  • STCW Marine Advanced First Aid
  • GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • Communications, Level 1
  • Chartwork and Pilotage Level 2
  • Ship Construction and Stability Level 3
  • General Ship Knowledge Level 3
  • Electronic Positioning System
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation at the Operational Level  

Master 500GT Domestic (11 weeks)

  • MED STCW Basic Safety Training
  • MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
  • MED STCW Advanced Firefighting
  • STCW Marine Advanced First Aid
  • GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine Commercial
  • MED D for Senior Officers
  • Communications, Level 1
  • Communications, Level 2
  • Meteorology, Level 1
  • Ship Management, Level 2
  • Cargo, Level 1
  • Engineering Knowledge, Level 1
  • SEN at the Management Level

Small Vessel Machinery Operator (SVMO) Certificate

  • MED with Respect to Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2) Training Certificate
  • Marine Basic First Aid

Small Vessel Operator Proficiency

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency course
  • MED Small Domestic Vessel Safety
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Marine (ROC-M)
  • Marine Basic First Aid

MEA-WMI Facts

Campus Location: Ladysmith/Nanaimo, B.C. & Richmond, B.C. (Steveston Port Authority)

Legal Recognition / Accreditation: Transport Canada; Private Career Training Institutions Agency of British Columbia (PCTIA), registration number 3662; British Columbia Education Quality Assurance; and, Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) – Standard for Certification of Maritime Academies No. 3.403, Nov. 2004

LAST UPDATED ON Nov 5, 2018

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