Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal Certificate of Competency


The Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal Certificate of Competency trains mariners to become second or third position in command behind the Master and/or Chief Mate depending on the voyage and vessel. The Watchkeeping Mate is responsible for:

  • navigating the vessel,
  • responding to emergencies,
  • ensuring the vessel safely avoids other traffic,
  • overseeing the loading, stowage, security, and unloading of cargo,
  • mooring and anchoring the vessel,
  • keeping fire and security watches, and
  • standing in place of the Chief Mate in vessels over 3000 gross tons if the Chief Mate is incapacitated.

Accelerated Watchkeeping Mate Certificate

With courses offered back-to-back, students can complete a Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal certificate in 36 weeks.

Students who have successfully complete this certificate may act as:

  • Chief Mate on board a vessel of not more than 3,000 gross tonnage on a near coastal voyage, and
  • Chief Mate on board a vessel of any tonnage engaged on a sheltered waters voyage.

An Applicant for a Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal Certificate of Competency must be at least 18 years old on the day on which he/she receives the Certificate and meet the following requirements:

After the age of 16, the applicant must have aquired at least 36 months of sea time performing deck duties on vessel(s) of at least 25GT while the vessel(s) are engage in voyages beyond Sheltered Waters. This must include 6 months performing bridge watching duties under the supervision of a qualified deck officer.

According to the Marine Personnel Regulations, sea service is not a pre-requisite for sitting the Mate or Master Certificate courses, but students are required to have the appropriate sea service in order to undertake the General Seamanship oral exam at Transport Canada as the last step leading to certification.

Career Opportunities for Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal Grads

Western Maritime Institute Watchkeeping Mate certificate grads are now employed as Mates with:

Program Schedule

Courses Dates Cost
 MED STCW Advanced Firefighting Aug. 22-26, 2022 $1,800
Marine Advanced First Aid Sept. 19 -23, 2022 $900
Meteorology Level 1 (Online) Oct. 04 – 20, 2022 $2,100
General Ship Knowledge Level 3 Oct. 24 – Nov.  16, 2022 $2,300
Chartwork & Pilotage Level 2 (Full) Nov. 17 – Dec. 21, 2022 $2,750
Ship Construction & Stability Level 4 (Full) Jan. 04 – Feb. 24, 2023 $4,183
Cargo Level 2 Feb. 27 – Mar. 21, 2023 $2,100
Nav. Safety Level 1 + Orals Prep. Mar. 22- 31, 2023 $1,260
Leadership & Teamwork  Apr. 03- 06, 2023 $925
ECDIS (Full) Apr. 10 – 14, 2023 $1,600
SEN- Electronic Positioning Systems (Online) Apr. 17 – May 02, 2023 $2,685
SEN- Operational (Full) May 03 – 26, 2023 $3,650
Communications May 29 – 30, 2023 $550
Total Tuition   $26,803

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