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Industry approved Marine Training Certification taught by industry professionals.

Advance your career as a professional seafarer or get the skills for an exciting, in-demand career at sea.

With over 40 years of providing outstanding real-world training to thousands of seafarers, Camosun continues to deliver the practical skills, support and education you want to get the industry certification you need.

Our instructors are professional mariners with decades of experience. They have the information and experience to help you make informed career decisions, with up-to-date knowledge on the latest regulations from Transport Canada, Industry Canada, and the provincial government.

Note Transport Canada approved re-write is now possible in compliance with the Nautical deptartment QMS policy.

Nautical Courses

  • All courses run from 0800 hours to 1700 hours each day.
  • Please check the prerequisite for each course before registering in a class (always check with your local Transport Canada office to make sure you are registering into the right course with the right prerequisites).
  • All courses have a capacity of 20 students, except SEN-O, which has a capacity of 8 students.

2019/20 Course Schedule

Questions? For information about registering for these courses, please contact:

Course Code Course Name Course Dates Remarks Prerequisites Register
CG2 Cargo Work 2 Mar 23-Apr 14, 2020 Cancelled BCA   Register
COMM Communications May 26-28, 2020 Cancelled   Register
CP1 Chart Work and Pilotage 1 Sep 16-Oct 17, 2019
Jan 27-Feb 11, 2020
CP 1 is 90 hours
CP2 Chart Work and Pilotage 2 Sep 16-Oct 17, 2019
Jan 27-Feb 11, 2020 Cancelled
EPS Electronic Positioning Systems Jan 6-21, 2020 BCA   Register
GSK3 General Ship Knowledge 3 May 1-25, 2020 Cancelled Not BCA   Register
NS1 Navigation Safety 1 Oct 21-30, 2019 Not BCA   Register
SCS3&4 Ship Construction and Stability 3 & 4 Jan 6-Feb 24, 2020 BCA MATH 058 recommended Register
SCS5 Ship Construction and Stability 5 Mar 30-May 25, 2020 BCA MATH 058 recommended Register
SEN-O Simulated Electronic Navigation–Operational Nov 6-28, 2019
Jan 27-Feb 14, 2020
(subject to TC approval and simulator upgrading) EPS, ROC-MC, CP2, NS1 Register
SM3 Ship Management 3 Apr 1-23, 2020 Cancelled BCA   Register
Course Name Prerequisites Register
Bridge Resource Management Certificate of Competency and sea experience Register
Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems Computer experience (PC); prior experience with nautical chartwork Register
Nautical Leadership and Management Skills Certificate of competency min. officer level (Nautical, Engineering or Electro-tech), and at least 6 months of sea service Register
Nautical Leadership and Teamwork   Register
Marine Advanced First Aid   Register

Please see the Continuing Education Nautical web page for all upcoming courses.

Questions? For information about registering for these courses, please contact:

Getting Started in Nautical Training

The following courses are offered through Camosun's Continuing Education department.


To view the available course dates, click on the course code or visit Continuing Education. You can also register by phone, fax or in-person.

Course Code Course Name Remarks Register
DVS Domestic Vessel Safety   Register
MBFA Marine Basic First Aid   Register
ROC-MC Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime Commercial   Register
SVOP Small Vessel Operator   Register

Nautical Awards

Congratulations to David Rutherford, recipient of the Watchkeeping Mate Award of Excellence for earning the highest aggregate marks on the Transport Canada examinations this year. This award was jointly provided by BC Ferries and the Thermopylae Club.

David also received the Marine Technology Award in Nautical Continuous Education, as the Nautical CE student who demonstrated the most interest in continuous education and improvement of knowledge.

For more information on financial awards available to students in Nautical training, please see the School of Trades & Technology Awards.

L to R: Morteza Peivast (Program Leader, Camosun Nautical Dept), David Rutherford (Nautical student), Fred Fowler (BC Ferries) and Michael Derry (The Thermopylae Club)

Nautical Careers

Courses range from Basic Safety Training to long duration courses leading to a Certificate of Competency as Master or Mate, issued by Transport Canada, Marine Safety Branch.

An outline of the examination and certification structure administered by Transport Canada, Marine Safety Branch is a great resource if you are considering a career in shipping.

To determine eligibility to write examinations, including assessment of sea service, eye sight and medical requirements and to establish which examinations must be written to complete a certificate contact your local Transport Canada, Marine Safety office with the name of the certificate sought.

Master, Fishing Master, Deck Officer

Our programs are offered in conjunction with Transport Canada Marine Safety Branch.

Once you complete your program at Camosun and meet the requirements of Transport Canada, including obtaining experience at sea, you may be issued a Certificate of Competency PDF.

Marine Certification

Refer to the Marine Personnel Regulations PDF made pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act 2001 for information on Marine Certification.

A Candidate Document Number (CDN) is required by Transport Canada prior to issuing training certificates. It is strongly recommended that you contact Transport Canada and obtain a CDN prior to taking a course.

Last updated: November 27, 2019 1:01 pm

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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