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Marine Navigation & Marine Engineering - Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program in Westmount, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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The Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) is a national maritime training facility located on Canada's East Coast, on scenic Cape Breton Island. It provides training and services in both official languages. Opened in 1965, the CCGC built a solid reputation on a foundation of quality service and expert maritime training. As a residential facility that provides training in both official languages, the CCGC remains unique in the world.

CCGC is dedicated to delivering high quality, up-to-date maritime training and services in a progressive, bilingual and client oriented facility. The College's programs emphasize both professional development and educational initiatives. The College provides training and support on sites across Canada and has a partnership and Memorandum of Understanding with Cape Breton University (CBU) for shared services.

CCGC has hosted numerous international events, including: Tall Ships; International Associations of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA); International Maritime Lecturers Association Conference; International Association of Maritime Search and Rescue Conference; NATO Search and Rescue Conferences and more.

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Training Programs


Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program (OTP)

  • The Officer Training Program prepares Officers in both Marine Engineering and Navigation. The 45-month training period involves comprehensive in-class theory, the use of modern marine simulators and practical experience during sea training. Officer Cadets may choose instruction in either French or English, with training in the other official language as part of the curriculum. The OTP provides Officer Cadets with a complete and thorough understanding of the ship's operation and the latest in marine technology.
  • Upon successful completion of either program, a graduate receives a diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC), a Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences from Cape Breton University (CBU), as well as Commercial Certification as a Deck Officer (Marine Navigation) or as a Marine Engineering Officer.

The two areas of training in the OTP program:

  • Marine Navigation: Officer Cadets studying Marine Navigation learn about ship behavior due to internal and external factors such as weather and ice conditions. They also learn seamanship, cargo and stowage, signals, knots, ice-breaking, and navigating challenging environments such as narrow channels and busy harbours. Navigators learn aspects of search and rescue, fisheries enforcement procedures, environmental response, aids to navigation, celestial navigation, and maritime security. The Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program includes in-class learning, highly modernized marine simulators, and practical experience on board vessels at sea.
  • Training For Officer Cadets In Navigation is divided into five phases: Eleven months at the College; Seven months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel; Ten months at the College; Eight months at sea on a Coast Guard vessel; and Nine months at the College.
  • Marine Engineering: Officer Cadets studying Marine Engineering learn about the operation and maintenance of propulsion and auxiliary machinery, how to rapidly diagnose all equipment problems and execute the necessary repairs. They learn about the maintenance of various systems on the vessel such as electrical, pumps and piping systems, hydraulic power systems, fresh water generation, steam propulsion, and compressed air circuits. The Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program includes in-class learning, highly modernized marine simulators, and practical experience on board vessels at sea.
  • Training for Officer Cadets in Marine Engineering is divided into the following five phases: Eleven months at the College, four months at sea aboard a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, sixteen months at the College, five months at sea aboard a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, and nine months at the College.

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