Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a course?

Please view our registration information.

How do I get an application?

You can fill out our Application Form and submit it via email.

How much does a course cost?

Our price list is available online. If you have any questions email us.

How do I pay for a course?

For individuals registered for courses, fees must be paid by the first day of class.

Fees can be paid by either of the following methods:

  • By cheque or bank draft payable to the Marine Institute: This can be delivered or mailed. Please indicate your student number on the cheque to ensure it is credited to your application. This number is indicated on your letter of acceptance and all other correspondence from the Marine Institute
  • By cash: Cash can be accepted only if paid in person at the Marine Institute Cashier's office
  • By credit card: The Marine Institute accepts Visa and MasterCard. Payments can be made by phone (call toll-free 1-800-563-5799 ext. 466 or 709-778-0466), by mail, or in person

How do I obtain sponsorship for a course?

Applicants can use the Marine Institute Letter of Acceptance to approach various funding sources such as banks, etc. The Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government Department of Advanced Education and Skills (AES) is the most common agency to contact if an applicant is EI eligible. A list of provincial AES Employment Centres can be found here.

It is advisable that the applicant seeking funding from funding sources start the process when first applying to the program, as funding approval can be a lengthy process.

Application deadlines for short courses for funding through the Department of Advanced Education and Skills are 4 weeks before courses begin, except for courses beginning in September, which require applications 6 weeks in advance. It is advisable that applicants contact their local AES Office to discuss deadlines, as policies may change.

How do I know if I am accepted for a course?

Upon submission of a completed application including all required documentation, a "Letter of Acceptance" shall be issued by the Marine Institute Office of the Registrar noting the location and date of the course as well as providing further instructions and information regarding registration.

Applicants will be confirmed for a particular offering of a particular course on a first-come first-served basis, based upon the date that an individual's application is complete and he or she is approved to register. That is, on the date that the Marine Institute receives all documents and fees.

The Marine Institute requires a minimum number of applicants in order to deliver a specific offering and the minimum numbers vary depending on the course. If the minimum number of applicants have not been approved to register, the offering will be cancelled and all applicants will be notified.

What is the Marine Institute's refund policy?

Students are charged for the cost of tuition fees on either the first day of classes or registration day, whichever is later. Students are responsible for all charges on their account. That is, once a student registers, tuition fees are considered due.

Cancellation of these charges for students who discontinue will be provided according to the Marine Institute's refund policy as follows:

  • In the first 5 days of classes: 100% refund
  • 6 class days to 8 class days: 50% refund
  • 9 class days to 11 class days: 25% refund
  • 12 class days and beyond: no refund
  • No refund for programs 3 weeks or less

This policy applies to all community-based students including those receiving assistance from sponsoring agencies.

What courses are currently being offered?

Please view our Training Schedule online. As new course locations are added, they will be updated on our training schedule. All Marine Institute community based training is delivered based on demand for the course. If you are interested in training please contact us to see if there is a delivery of that course in your area or we can work on organizing an offering.

Where are courses taking place?

To view courses presently scheduled please refer to our training schedule. The Marine Institute will deliver training in any community where there is sufficient demand for a course. If there is sufficient demand for training in your area please contact us and we can organize the training that you require.

How do I know what courses are required to meet Transport Canada regulations to become a Fish Harvester?

Transport Canada has developed a very detailed online questionnaire that can assist you in determining your training needs.

How do I obtain my Candidate Document Number (CDN) number?

To obtain a CDN number you must complete the Application for Candidate Document Number (CDN) and submit it to the Transport Canada Marine Safety Office in your area.

How do I get my sea time verified?

All sea service has to be verified by Transport Canada, please have your sea time verified at the Transport Canada Marine Safety Office in your area and you will receive a verification of sea time letter.

What is a Transport Canada medical and a Marine Institute medical?

The Transport Canada medical and the Marine Institute medical are two different medicals however, the Marine Institute will accept the Transport Canada Seafarer's medical for courses such as the MED A1 Basic Safety course. The course or program that you are registering for will indicate which medical you require. The following two questions link you to the current physicians that can perform these medicals.

Where can I find a list of physicians who can conduct a Transport Canada medical?

Please review the Transport Canada approved physicians list to locate a physician in your area.

Where do I find Transport Canada forms?

Transport Canada forms are available online.

How do I contact Transport Canada?

Transport Canada offices in Newfoundland are listed below. You may obtain further information on the Transport Canada website.

Corner Brook
Transport Canada/Marine Safety
4 Harold Avenue, Fortis Tower
P.O. Box 22
Corner Brook, NL
A2H 6C3
Telephone: 709-637-4870

Lewisporte
Transport Canada/Marine Safety
396 Main Street
Chipman Complex
P.O. Box 237
Lewisporte, NL
A0G 3A0
Telephone: 709-535-2503

St. John's
Transport Canada/Marine Safety
10 Barter's Hill
P.O. Box 1300, 9th floor John Cabot Bldg.
St. John's, NL
A1C 6H8
Telephone: 709-772-5166