Full-time Certificate 2542certts

Overview

The Watchkeeping Mate position is the second or third person in the line of command on a vessel depending on the area and the type of vessel the person is serving on. The person's role is to safely monitor the ship's passage, and the safety of its crew and cargo. While at sea, the Mate on watch has three fundamental responsibilities:

  • navigating the ship
  • safely avoiding traffic
  • responding to emergencies

While in port, the Mate focuses on duties such as:

  • cargo operations
  • fire and security watches
  • mooring and anchoring
  • responding to emergencies
The Program

This 38 week full-time program consists of modular courses that prepare students for Transport Canada curriculum leading to the Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal Certificate of Competency. The holder of this certificate may be employed as:

  • Officer in charge of the watch on board a vessel of any tonnage engaged on a near coastal voyage, class 1 and 2.
  • Chief Mate on board a vessel of not more than 3000 GT engaged on a near coastal voyage class 1 and 2.
  • Chief mate on board a vessel of any tonnage engaged on a sheltered-waters voyage.

Individuals wishing to obtain the STCW Watchkeeping Mate Certification will be required to complete one more course: NAUT 1826 - Astro Navigation 2. It is possible to take this course within the Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal program.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Check for acceptable equivalents or upgrading courses taught at BCIT.

Apply to program

Please contact the BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office at 604-453-4111 for information on how to apply to this program.

Costs & Supplies

» books and supplies required [PDF] for the Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal program

Tuition fees

Please contact the BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office at 604-453-4111 for information on tuition fees, payments and refunds.

Books and supplies

For information on textbooks, please contact the BCIT Bookstore at 604-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Courses

Program matrix

1. Required Courses: Credits
  ENAV 1000 Simulated Electronic Navigation I - Part A 8.0
  ENAV 1050 Simulated Electronic Navigation I - Part B* 5.0
  ENAV 3100 Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)** 2.0
  NAUT 1805 Communications 1 2.0
  NAUT 1810 Communications 2 2.0
  NAUT 1820 C&P 2 - Chartwork and Pilotage 2 12.0
  NAUT 1840 NS 1 - Navigation Safety 1 3.5
  NAUT 1850 MET 1 - Meteorology 1 6.0
  NAUT 1864 SCS 4 - Ship Construction and Stability 4 18.0
  NAUT 1874 GSK 3 - General Ship Knowledge 3 8.0
  NAUT 1877 CG2 - Cargo 2 8.0
  NAUT 1882 General Seamanship - Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal 2.0

*NOTE: Prior to enrolling in ENAV 1050 - Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 Part B (SEN 1B), students must complete the following courses:

  • ENAV 1000 - Simulated Electronic Navigation 1 Part A (SEN 1A)
  • GMDS 1500 - Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime Commercial (GMDSS ROC MC)
  • NAUT 1840 - Navigation Safety 1 (NS 1)
  • NAUT 1820 - Chartwork and Pilotage 2 (C&P 2)

**NOTE: Prior to enrolling in ENAV 3100 - Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), students must have knowledge of chartwork and pilotage.

 
2. Students requiring an upgrade to the STCW Watchkeeping Mate certification must complete the following course: Credits
  NAUT 1826 Astro Navigation 2*** 20.0
***NOTE: This additional course will be offered to students upgrading their certification to an STCW Watchkeeping Mate level.
 
Total Credits: 76.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

38 weeks

Continue your education

A Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal (WKMNC) certification from Transport Canada requires the following additional courses:

  • Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 95 Basic Safety (BST)
  • Survival Craft (SC)
  • Marine Advanced First Aid (MAFA)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFFOC)
  • Marine Emergency Duties D
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System Restricted Operator Certification Maritime Commercial (GMDSS ROC MC)

Note: Basic Safety Training, Survival Craft and the Marine Advanced First Aid courses must be completed prior to registering in the Advanced Fire Fighting course. The Advanced Fire Fighting course must be completed prior to taking the Marine Emergency Duties D, Senior Officer Certification course.

For more information about specific progressive occupational licensing and BCIT credentials, please contact the Chief Instructor.

Sea service requirements

According to the Marine Personnel Regulations SOR/2007-115, sea service requirements are not a prerequisite for being accepted into the program. However, sea service will be required for the General Seamanship oral examination with Transport Canada. For sea service details please refer to section 134 of the Marine Personnel Regulations, inquire at your nearest Transport Canada Marine Safety office, or visit Transport Canada - Marine Transportation.

Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office, 604-453-4111

Chief Instructor:
Capt. Mujeeb Siddiqui at 604-453-4128

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