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Nautical Training

Admission Requirements

Apply to one of Camosun’s Nautical training programs today. Our courses are offered year-round with flexible intake dates.

Admission requirements

Some courses have prerequisites, please view the course details to determine your eligibility.

There are no formal prerequisites for Nautical training. However, basic math skills are recommended, including fundamental knowledge of:

  • plane trigonometry,
  • geometry,
  • algebra,
  • and how to use a scientific calculator.

Seafarers must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (within the meaning of subsection 2-1 of the Immigration and Refugee Act) to be issued a Canadian Certificate of Competency under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. This is referenced in subsection 88-1 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Self-evaluation tools and upgrading are available, at no cost, if you are registered in Academic Upgrading. Email or call: 250-370-4911, Alison Bowe in the Academic & Career Foundation Department, for more information.

International Students are asked to have the following suggested English requirement: Proof of a letter grade of "C+" or higher in English 12; or IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 on each band; or TOEFL 83 with no less than 20 on each band; or assessment.

International students must contact their National Maritime Administration to determine what courses they require for certificates issued through their authority. If courses are to be taken in Canada at Camosun College, candidates must contact their maritime administration to confirm that they will recognize approved training from Camosun and/or successful completion of examination at Transport Canada. Camosun will issue a formal training letter for approved and block credit approved courses successfully completed and, upon request, Transport Canada will issue a letter or transcript for examinations successfully completed at their examination centres. The students are then responsible for delivering this documentation to their maritime administration and following the process for certification within their respective country.

Transport Canada Qualified Certification

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.


To get information on application procedures for Nautical programs or courses, contact Registration.

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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