Certificates of Competency

  • The program issues Certificates of Competency to seafarers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, who have made an application, and who meet all prerequisites appropriate to the level of the certificate in accordance with the Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR) and related procedures.
  • The program maintains records on all seafarers who are candidates or recipients.

Service standard:

  • Exchange and first renewal under the MPR of certificate of competency or endorsement
    Examiner’s certificate - 10 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Minister’s certificate or endorsement- 120 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
  • Renewal of certificate of competency or endorsement
    Examiner’s certificate - 10 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Minister’s certificate or endorsement - 120 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met

Performance target:

The target for achieving this standard is set at 80%.

Performance results:

Information management systems and data registers are being developed to successfully report on performance by FY 2016-17.

Apply for:

The applicant must schedule an appointment with a Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security Examination Centre and complete the applicable forms.  These service centres can be found at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/regions.htm

Service feedback:

The service result may be appealed by writing to the Director, Marine Personnel Standards & Pilotage.

Comments, suggestions and concerns may be shared at the following address:

Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage
330 Sparks St., 8th Floor
Tower C, Place de Ville
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8
Facsimile: (613) 990-1538

Contacts: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/mpsp-contacts-885.htm

For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.