Master Limited (under 60GT) Certificate of Competency


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 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
  • the vessel complies with local and international law
  • the safety of all personnel on board
  • the safe carriage of cargo or tow, and
  • preparing voyage plans and recording all the vessel’s activities

Your Master Limited (under 60GT) Certificate of Competency will be limited to a named vessel (or sister vessels within a fleet), vessel type, gross tonnage and area of operation.

Accredited Marine Certification

At Western Maritime Institute, we know how important it is for you to complete your studies in as short a period as possible. That’s why we run longer class days and offer our classes back-to-back where possible, which means you’ll finish school faster, get back to work faster, and start the next stage of your career earlier!

After successfully completing the courses at WMI and Transport Canada oral exam, you can act as:

  • Master on any vessel less than 60 gross tonnage of a type, tonnage, area and period of operation specified on the certificate and engaging on Near Coastal, Class 2 or Sheltered Waters voyage(s).

An applicant for the Master Limited (60GT) Certificate of Competency must be at least 18 years old on the day he/she receives the certificate and must have acquired, after the age of 16, two months of sea time performing deck duties on vessel(s) of at least the same gross tonnage to the one for which he/she is seeking the certificate.

Transport Canada-accredited Courses

Western Maritime Institute’s Master Limited Certificate of Competency is made up of the following courses:

Students will need to pass a Transport Canada oral exam on subject-matter appropriate to the area of operation and the vessel type and gross tonnage to which the certificate relates.

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.

Career Opportunities for 60GT Limited Masters

As an aging workforce retires, there are numerous opportunities being created in this field, making this an ideal time to take the next step in your seafaring career. Western Maritime Institute’s Master, Limited (60GT) Certificate grads are now employed as Mates and Masters with:

Program Schedule

Courses Dates Cost
Marine Basic First Aid Aug. 29-30, 2022 $385
Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine Commercial Aug. 31 – Sept. 02, 2022 $675
MED Domestic Vessel Safety Sept. 06 – 09, 2022 $1,050
Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1 Sept. 12- 27, 2022 $1,650
Navigation Safety Level 1 Sept. 28 – Oct. 05, 2022 $1,010
Total Tuition $4,770
Courses Dates Cost
MED Domestic Vessel Safety Jan. 03 – 06, 2023 $1,050
Chartwork & Pilotage Level 1 Jan. 09 – 24, 2023 $1,650
Navigation Safety Level 1 Jan. 25 – Feb. 02, 2023 $1,010
Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine Commercial Feb. 06 – 08, 2023 $675
Marine Basic First Aid Feb. 09 – 10, 2023 $385
Total Tuition $4,770

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