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Transport Canada Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Certification / Licence Requirements for Marine Engineers

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Air Cushion Vessel or ACV is a vessel designed so that the whole or a significant part of its weight can be supported, whether at rest or in motion, by a continuously generated cushion of air dependent for its effectiveness on the proximity of the vessel to the surface over which it operates (aéroglisseur). It is also called a ground-effect machine or Hovercraft. ACV is also an effective transport system for high-speed service on water and land, leading to widespread developments for military vehicles, search and rescue, and commercial operations.

Large-sized, Air Cushions Vehicles have been devised for multiple passenger and freight use, such as in passenger ferry applications. Transport Canada License for Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer has two different classes such as Class I and Class II.

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Large-sized, Air Cushions Vehicles have been devised for multiple passenger and freight use, such as in passenger ferry applications

Transport Canada Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class I Requirements


Competency Requirements

  • Hold a certificate or a licence of - Fourth-class Engineer Motor Ship, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence issued under the Aeronautics Act, or Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class II, if the applicant has acquired at least 24 months of service related to the maintenance of ACVs while holding that certificate

Certificate Requirements

  • Training course for engineers provided by a manufacturer of an ACV or by an agent of the authorized representative of an ACV if the agent has been trained by the manufacturer
  • whichever of the following periods of service is the longest, acquired as an engineer performing maintenance on one or more ACVs - (i) 12 months of service, and (ii) the duration of one complete maintenance and verification cycle as recommended by the manufacturer
  • MED with respect to basic safety
  • Marine basic first aid

Examination Requirements

  • Written examination on general knowledge and maintenance of air cushion vessels at the level of Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class I, after meeting the above requirements

Renewal Requirements

  • Provide a testimonial of service as ACV engineer for at least 12 months in the 5 years before the application date for renewal of the certificate, or 3 months in the 12 months before the application date for renewal of the certificate
  • Written examination on general knowledge and maintenance of air cushion vessels at the level of Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class I, if the applicant has not provided the testimonial above

Transport Canada Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class II Requirements

Competency Requirements

  • Hold a certificate or a licence of - Fourth-class Engineer Motor Ship,  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence issued under the Aeronautics Act, Diesel engineer certificate recognized by a province, or  general engineer certificate recognized by a province

Certificate Requirements

  • Training course for engineers provided by a manufacturer of an ACV or by an agent of the authorized representative of an ACV if the agent has been trained by the manufacturer
  • Whichever of the following periods of service is the longest, acquired as a training engineer performing maintenance on one or more vessels - 12 months of service, and the duration of one complete maintenance and verification cycle as recommended by the manufacturer
  • MED with respect to basic safety
  • Marine basic first aid

Examination Requirements

  • Written examination on general knowledge and maintenance of air cushion vessels at the level of Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class II, after meeting the above requirements

Renewal Requirements

  • Provide a testimonial of service as ACV engineer for at least 12 months within the 5 years before the application date for renewal of the certificate, or 3 months within the 12 months before the application date for renewal of the certificate
  • Written examination on general knowledge and maintenance of air cushion vessels at the level of Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer Class II, if the applicant has not provided the above testimonial 

Disclaimer: For general information purpose - please check with Transport Canada for the latest requirements and accurate info

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