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All mid-term and final examinations are to be held at the Marine campus.

Delivery mode: Blended

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
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Obtain more information on the new Bridge Watch Rating for Women and Indigenous Learners.

Bridge Watch Rating forms part of a team involved in the following activities:

  • Keeping a lookout
  • Steering the vessel
  • Operating communication systems
  • Handling ropes and chains
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Assisting in cargo operations

The program

This 12-week full-time entry-level program is based on modular courses and provides you with the following training certificates:

  • BCIT Recognition of Training in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Industry Canada Radio Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC – MC)
  • Marine Basic First Aid Certificate (MBFA)

Successful completion will also make you eligible for four months of sea time remission.

Please note: this Transport Canada accredited course requires 90% attendance and an aggregated 70% passing grade. To achieve full Transport Canada certification, you must complete an additional two months of sea time, as well as STCW Basic Safety Training (MEDI 1510) and STCW Survival Craft training (MEDI 1810).

Entrance Requirements

Due to the popularity of the Bridge Watch Rating program, only completed applications, with the required documents, will be considered.

Costs & Supplies

Contact the BCIT Bookstore for information on textbooks.

Bridge Watch Rating
Required Text(s)

  • Seamanship Techniques by D.J. House (single volume edition)

Recommended Resource(s)

  • Collision Regulations
  • Chart No. 1:  Symbols and Abbreviations and Terms
  • Canadian Aids to Navigation System – Canadian Coast Guard Publication

Required Equipment

  • Pocket knife with locking blade, or fixed blade with sheath
  • 3-ring binder
  • Colouring pencils
Marine Basic First Aid Course
Manuals will be issued on the first day of class.
Radio Operators Course
Manual will be issued on the first day of class.


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Women & Indigenous for BWR

This Enhanced Bridge Watch Rating program offering (BWR-E) is supported by Transport Canada to provide a pathway for specific underrepresented groups (women and indigenous people) to enter into rewarding marine sector careers. Explore a marine career working on tugboats, ferries or deep sea vessels. Career opportunities also include water-based ecotourism, commercial fishing, sport fishing, travel and other recreational marine guiding roles.

The BWR-E core courses include the foundation skills and Transport Canada certification required to obtain entry-level employment as a deck hand.

The aim of this initiative is to strengthen partnerships with coastal Indigenous communities, reflect the learning needs of isolated and remote coastal populations, support learning readiness and recognize Indigenous marine heritage and history.

The program is hosted on both sides of the Salish Sea. The BCIT Marine Campus (BMC) in North Vancouver, Camosun College Interurban Campus in Victoria or in a remote community. Some content must be delivered in the Lower Mainland but we strive to work closely with interested communities to offer much of this training where students live. Community consultation will allow for possible additional or alternate content to meet local need in addition to the core foundation courses.

With funding from the Government of Canada, through the Oceans Protection Plan’s Marine Training Program, Women and Indigenous people are eligible for subsidized tuition. Some students may also be eligible for accommodations, meals and a small stipend for incidentals when they are displaced from their home. The cost for the Transport Canada Medical Certificate will be reimbursed upon acceptance into the program.

To obtain an application form, email:

Contact the Bridge Watch Rating Program Coordinator for more information on the program or your funding eligibility.

Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office, 604-453-4111

Department Head:
Carl Marquardt at 604-453-4101

Program Coordinator for Women and Indigenous Learners

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