Cut your sea time requirement from 36 months to only 24 months with our comprehensive program featuring classroom-based instruction and practical onboard training, all designed to prepare you for your Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal Certificate.
- Students are required to be at least 18 years of age.
- A valid seafarer’s medical certificate is required at the time of registration.
Previous Learning Assessment & Recognition
Students who have successfully completed and possess valid certificates for any of the required courses are exempt from retaking said courses. It is necessary to submit the valid certificates to the admissions office for verification and record-keeping purposes.
Students must complete all the courses listed in the program and successfully satisfy the requirements for the 24 months sea phase portion of the program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements (Academic & Practical Onboard Training), students are to sit the required Transport Canada Orals to obtain the Watchkeeping Mate-Near Coastal Certificate.
Students are required to complete the following courses:
1. MED STCW Basic Safety Training
2. MED STCW Survival Craft
3. MED STCW Advanced Firefighting
4. ROC-Marine Commercial
5. Navigation Safety Level 1
6. Marine Advanced First Aid
7. Chartwork & Pilotage Level 2
8. General Ship Knowledge Level 3
9. Meteorology Level 1
10. Ship Construction & Stability Level 4
11. Cargo Level 2
13. Leadership & Teamwork
15. SEN- Electronic Positioning Systems
16. SEN- Operational
Practical Onboard Training
Students are required to complete a total of 24 months of sea time upon completion of the total Classroom Based instruction portion of the program. Although, we do not offer placements, WMI is working with a number of employers who are willing to have students onboard.
During the sea phase, students are provided with individual tablets equipped with MarinePALS Software and Learning Content.
Students are to complete assigned tasks/assignments and have monthly check-ins with the program coordinator or instructor.
After successfully completing the program, graduates will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of vessels. They play a crucial role as part of the ship’s management team, ensuring the safe navigation and secure transportation of cargo.