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Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering, Navigation and Transport Logistics diplomas accredited by Transport Canada & Continuing Education Programs

IMQ logoFounded in 1944 and formerly known as École de marine de Rimouski (Marine School of Rimouski), the Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) offers College level maritime education and training in the French part in Rimouski (Quebec), Canada. The courses comply with the college training standards of the Québec Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and Transport Canada's requirements.

In order to maximize learning, the Institute provides students with state-of-the-art equipment including computer labs, well-equipped workshops, navigation simulators, engine room and marine communications. Well connected to the needs of the labor market, the IMQ offers, for most of its programs, training courses including internships.

The IMQ has agreements with more than 30 shipping companies that facilitate the recruitment of trainees for their requirement. These courses take place at sea on different types of vessel and last for a total of 12 months. Spread throughout the school year, they are carried out during the school year and during the summer. Internships are given priority in Canadian waters. Internships may also be held internationally in certain circumstances. Students receive internship allowances and room and board.

Also the CFMU, the continuing education section of the institute offers seafarers with regulated rescue and survival training at sea and combat Fires on ships. The Center also offers courses in simulated electronic navigation, marine communications, seamanship and marine mechanics. These trainings are aimed at merchant marine personnel as well as on ferries and excursion cruises.

Education & Training Programs

College Diploma Programs (DEC)


  • Naval Architecture Technology (Technologie de l'architecture navale - 3 years): At the end of this three-year training course (DEC), you will be able to participate in the various stages of design, modification and repair of different types of floating structures, fixed or mobile (ships, boats, drilling platforms, Etc.), which includes understanding the structural, stability, dynamic and mechanical and electrical aspects of a floating structure. Through the specialized education received, you will contribute to the achievements of the maritime industry in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere in the world with 100% placement opportunities. The salary offered are between CD 40,000 to 45,000.
  • Navigation (4 Years): At the end of this four-year training course (DEC), you will be able to ensure the maritime navigation, the loading and unloading of the ship, the safety of the ship, the people on board and its cargo. In addition to ordering and coordinating the operations of the ship, you will be responsible for various tasks depending on the rank occupied: security on board or travel planning (deck officer), transhipment of cargo (first deck officer ), The nautical and commercial management of the ship (long-haul captain). The annual salary of the participants of this course is between CAD 6,000 to 70,000 with 90% placement.
  • Marine Engineering (Techniques de génie mécanique de marine - 4 Years): Upon completion of this four-year (DEC) course, you will be able to operate and maintain engines, machinery and ancillary equipment on board vessels and to monitor and coordinate the work of assigned personnel to the engine room. According occupied grade, you will also be responsible for various tasks related auxiliary systems (class 4), the generators (class 3), propulsion and supervision of staff (class 2), the engine room management and equipment and the administrative work related to these functions (chief engineer). The placement rate is 100% with a salary of CAD 65,000 to 75,000.
  • Transport Logistics Techniques (Techniques de la logistique du transport - 3 Years): At the end of this three-year training course (DEC), you will be able to optimally manage the movement of goods, people and information from a point of origin to a point of destination. The IMQ, in partnership with host companies, provides internships in logistics. The planning and organization of internships is carried out as part of a preparatory course. The placement is 100% with a salary of CAD 44,000 to 55,000.

Continuing Education Programs

Seagoing Courses

  • General Seamanship - Deck operations (300 hours)
  • Deckhand Program (320 hours)
  • Engine Room Rating (360 hours)
  • Helmsman (120 hours)
  • 3rd Class - Marine Engineer (3EKM) - (Online - 3 months)
  • 4th Class - Marine Engineer (4EKM) - (Online - 3 months)
  • 4th Class - Engineer Steam Engine (4EKS) - (Online - 3 months)
  • 4th Class - General Mechanical Knowledge (4EKG) - (Online - 3 months)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) & Rescue Boats (31 hours)
  • Liquefied Gas Tanker Familiarization Training (55 hours)
  • Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training (60 hours)
  • Passenger Safety Management (12.5 hours)
  • Introduction to the IMDG Code (7 hours)
  • Upgrade for ratings: STCW Basic Safety + Lifeboat Operation Skills (30 hours)
  • Ship Security (12 hours)
  • Rating Refresher Training STCW-BS + PSC (30 hours)
  • Advanced First Aid at Sea (31 hours)
  • Basic Emergency First Aid (16 hours)
  • Basic Safety STCW-BS (60 hours)
  • Medical Care at Sea (52 hours)
  • Ship Security Officer (21 hours)
  • Maps and Piloting 1 (C & P1) - 80 hours
  • Maps and piloting 2 (C & P2) - 80 hours
  • Deviascope (30 hours)
  • Safety of Chemical Carriers (39 hours)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - 26 & 70 hours
  • Passenger Safety Management (12.5 hours)
  • Gateway Resource Management (36 hours)
  • Weather 1 (MET1) - 90 hours
  • Upgrade for Officer: Basic Safety STCW + Lifeboat Operation Skill + Advanced Firefighting Techniques (32 hours)
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 including (ARPA), Part A (NES-1A) - 120 hours
  • Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 including (ARPA), Part B (NES-1B) - 90 hours
  • Officer refresher training with respect to STCW-BS + PSC + AFF (32 hours)
  • Navigation Safety 1 (NS1) - 80 hours
  • Navigation Safety 2 (NS2) - 80 hours
  • Propulsion Unit Simulator I (80 hours)
  • Propulsion Unit Simulator II (60 hours)
  • Radar simulator including ARPA (NES I) for Officer of Watch and Captain with Restrictions (over 60 tons) - 210 hours
  • Radar simulator including ARPA (NES II) - 90 hours
  • Stability (90 hours)
  • Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) - 30 hours
  • Advanced Fire Fighting Techniques - AFF (35 hours)

Maritime Security

  • Company Security Officer (21 hours)
  • Ship Security Officer (21 hours)
  • Port Facility Security Officer (21 hours)
  • Introduction to the ISM Code and Internal Audits (ISM and ISPS) - 7 hours

Cruise & Small Commercial Ships

  • Restricted Maritime Radio Operator Certificate (CRO-CM) - 24 hours
  • Skill Training for Small Vessel Operators (30 hours)
  • Passenger Safety Management (12.5 hours)
  • Limited simulated electronic navigation (NES-L) - 36 hours
  • Small Vessel Machinery Operators SVMO (90 hours)
  • Basic safety of small inland navigation vessels other than pleasure craft - SDV-BS (A3) - 12 hours
  • Safety of Small Vessels Carrying Passengers - DVS (A2) - 26 hours

Last udpadated: January 14, 2017

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