This eight month Technical Certificate Program is designed:


  • to prepare the student for employment in the merchant marine or fishing industry.
  • to provide the student with a basic understanding of the organization and structure found on a typical merchant marine or fishing vessel.
  • to develop and gain the knowledge and experience necessary to become part of a crew as found on any seagoing vessel.




Applicants seeking entry to Marine Institute programs which lead to Transport Canada Certification for Seafarer’s should note that Transport Canada requires proof of satisfactory physical fitness prior to eligibility for a Transport Canada Certificate of Competence. This includes satisfactory visual acuity, colour vision, and hearing among other physical requirements.


These Programs include the Marine Institute Diplomas of Technology in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering, the Vocational Certificate in Marine Diesel Mechanics and the Technical Certificate in Bridge Watch Program. Proof of physical fitness is also required for students to participate in STCW Marine Safety Training which is a compulsory part of these Programs.


Proof of physical fitness must be provided by way of a signed medical from an approved physician. Signed Seafarer’s medical from an approved physician are required for admission to each respective program. The list of physicians approved to conduct the Seafarer’s medical are available from the Marine Institute Office of the Registrar. Details of the physical requirements for the Seafarer’s Medical may be obtained from Transport Canada at the following address:


Marine Safety Directorate
John Cabot Building,10 Barter’s Hill
P.O. Box 1300, St. John’s, NL A1C 6H8
(709) 772 - 5167




Please refer to Admissions section of this Calendar.




The overall objective of this program is to train students in the skills of seamanship so they will be employable in the marine industry.


This program provides training and work experience to facilitate the transition of participants from school to the labour market, as well as offering a retraining opportunity. The design of this program includes the necessary academic skills training, as well as, the skills necessary to fill the position of deckhand. The many aspects of training in this program focus on preparing graduates to function and work confidently in the marine industry. The eight (8) month program is divided into two sections - Off-Site and On-Site training:


  • 16-weeks in-class instruction
  • 3-weeks Marine Safety Training
  • 60 days sea placement


Students undertake hands-on training where appropriate, using facilities in the Marine Institute’s rigging room, simulator, and its training vessel.




  • Graduates can expect to find employment in the marine industry aboard aboard cargo and passenger ships, supply vessels, oil tankers, and fishing vessels.
  • Employment in the allied marine industries may also be available.
  • This program may be especially useful to fisher persons who have been displaced due to a downturn in the fishing industry but who wish to upgrade and move into another aspect of the trade.
  • Upon successful completion of the program students are eligible to write the Bridge Watch Rating examination with Transport Canada.




Term One
CMSK 0103 (Communication Skills)
MATH 0103 (Mathematics)
NASC 0101 (General Ship Knowledge I)
SFTY 1102 (Marine Basic First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3))
SFTY 1114 (Basic Safety - STCW VI/1)
Technical Session
NASC 0201 (General Ship Knowledge II)
SFTY 1117 (Survival Craft - STCW VI/2)
SFTY 1123 (Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization STCW’95 A-V/1)
SFTY 1124 (Confined Space Entry Awareness) - To be delivered after SFTY 1123
SFTY 1127 (Passenger Safety Management)
SFTY 1129 (Security Awareness Training for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties)
Work Term
WKTM 0011 (Work Term - Bridge Watch Program)


Students who are placed in a sea-based work term, must complete a minimum of 60 Transport Canada approved calendar days as a bridge watch trainee signed onboard a ship. They must have documented Transport Canada testimonials of sea service and must complete the Bridge Watch Program training book . Successful completion of the training book along with a satisfactory employee evaluation will qualify for graduate eligibility and to challenge the Transport Canada Bridge Watch Rating Certification Exam. This course covers the requirement of the Transport Canada TP 10936E (Bridge Watch Rating Training Course).


Applicants to the Marine Institute are advised that employers may require a criminal record check as part of the recruitment and selection process for work term placement.


Credit Earned: Technical Certificate


Duration: 8 months


Normal Start: September


School of Maritime Studies


Contact: Admissions Officer
(709) 778-0380
1-800-563-5799 (ext. 380)