Master 500GT, Domestic Overview
A Master or Captain of a vessel is in charge of a vessel, its crew members, and passengers and/or cargo while the vessel is at sea or in the port. The Master controls and manages all aspects of the vessel’s operation and his/her responsibilities include:
- Ensuring the safe operation of the vessel at all times
- Ensuring the vessel complies with local and international law
- Ensuring the safety of all personnel on board
- Ensuring the safe carriage of cargo or tow
- Preparing voyage plans and recording all the vessel’s activities
Accelerated Marine Certification
Did you know that at WMI, you can complete your Master, 500GT, Domestic courses in just 11 back-to-back weeks?* That means you’ll finish school faster, get back to work faster,and start earning earlier.
*Back-to-back for students who hold a Master 150GT Certificate of Competency. Students with a Watchkeeping Mate certificate can complete these courses in 5 weeks, but with breaks in between.
After successfully completing the courses at WMI and Transport Canada oral exam, you can act as:
- Master on board a vessel that is 500 gross tonnage or less engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2 (or class 1 if certificate is endorsed for a limited, contiguous waters, voyage)
- Chief Mate on board a vessel of 3000 gross tonnage or less engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2 (or class 1 if certificate is endorsed for a limited, contiguous waters, voyage)
- Master on board a vessel of 3000 gross tonnage or less engaged on a sheltered-waters voyage
Requirements for Master 500GT, Domestic
Master 500GT, Domestic applicants must hold one of the following Certificate of Competency:
- Master 150 GT, Domestic
- Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal
- Watchkeeping Mate
- Chief Mate 500GT, Domestic
The applicant for the Master 500GT, Domestic Certificate of Competency must acquire (after successfully completing one of the certificates listed above) 12 months of sea time performing watchkeeping duties on a vessel(s) of at least 25 gross tonnage while the vessel is engages on voyages outside of sheltered waters.
According to the Marine Personnel Regulations, sea service is not a pre-requisite for enrolling in any certificate courses, but students are required to have the appropriate sea service in order to sit the General Seamanship oral exam at Transport Canada as the last step leading to certification.
Transport Canada-Accredited Master 500GT, Domestic Courses
- MED STCW Basic Safety Training
- MED STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
- MED STCW Advanced Firefighting
- STCW Marine Advanced First Aid
- GMDSS Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine Commercial
- MED D for Senior Officers
- Communications, Level 1**
- Communications, Level 2**
- Meteorology, Level 1**
- Ship Management, Level 2
- Cargo, Level 1*
- Engineering Knowledge, Level 1
- SEN at the Management Level (Former SEN, Level 2 – coming soon)
*WMI offer Cargo, Level 2, which is an acceptable alternative for Cargo, Level 1 and prepares the student for the Master, 3000GT CoC.
** If not already obtained as part of the Master, 150GT or Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal CoC.
Master, 500GT Employment Outcomes
This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.