Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are working on a project that will give certain naval trades credits towards a commercial marine certificate under the Marine Personnel Regulations (MPR).
As part of this work, Transport Canada has accepted the Royal Canadian Navy is a recognized institution (used in TP10655).
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- Required safety certificates
- Deck certificate
- Engineering certificate
- Ship’s Cook certificate
- Certificates under review
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Required safety certificates
The Royal Canadian Navy can issue the following training certificates for all members who have completed the Naval Environmental Training Program:
- Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with Respect to Standard for Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Basic Safety Training Certificate
- Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with Respect to International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Basic Safety Refresher Training Certificate with completion of the RCN Fire/Flood and Sea Survival Refresher Training
- Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with Respect to Advanced Firefighting Training Certificate
- Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with Respect to Advanced Firefighting Refresher Training Certificate with completion of the Royal Canadian Navy Fire/Flood Refresher Training
Transport Canada can issue Certificates of Proficiencies if the training has been completed within 5 years of the application.
To receive a Bridge Watch Rating Training Certificate with the credit for steering testimonial, Royal Canadian Navy Boatswains must successfully complete:
- Qualification Level 3
- on-the-job-training, and
- 60 days of sea service on commissioned vessels from the Department of National Defense
To obtain a Bridge Watch Rating Certificate of Competency, the successful completion of the MED with respect to Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats within 5 years before the application date, Marine Basic First Aid training, and holding a valid Marine Medical Certificate are required.
- A seafarer who achieves Qualification Level 3 and has Certificate 1 from the Royal Canadian Navy and meets the MPR can apply for an Engine-room Rating Certificate of Competency
- A seafarer who achieves Qualification Level 5 and has Certificate 2 from the Royal Canadian Navy and meets the MPR can apply for a Fourth-class Engineer, Motor Ship or Steamship Certificate of Competency
Ship’s Cook Certificate
To apply for a training certificate, a military cook must:
- achieved Qualification Level 5 (should also be “achieved” because also applicable to retired DND cooks)
- Provide 30 days of sea service while serving onboard a Royal Canadian Navy vessel
- have a valid marine medical certificate
- have a current Marine Advanced First Aid training certificate, and
- have valid MED training certificate with respect to International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Basic Safety
Certificates under review
Transport Canada continues to work with the Royal Canadian Navy and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to increase the number of certificates being considered for other DND equivalencies.
Royal Canadian Navy sailors
- Ship’s Personnel with Designated Security Duties
- Bridge Watch Rating Certificate of Competency
- Officer Of the Watch, Officer Of the Watch, Near Coastal and Master 150 Gross Tonnage
Naval Warfare Officers
- Officer Of the Watch, Mater 150 Gross Tonnage
Naval Warfare Officers at Lt(N) level and above
- Chief Mate, Chief Mate, Near Coastal, Master 500 Gross Tonnage
- Master Mariner, Master, Near Coastal, Master 3000 Gross Tonnage
- Qualification Level 6 training and OJPR leading to the Certificate 3 for training received before 01-01-2017
- Qualification Level 7 Training and OJPR leading to the Certificate 4 for training received before 01-01-2017
For more information contact your local Transport Canada office to discuss or make an appointment to get credit towards a marine certificate.