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The Chief Mate program consists of modular based courses, that are offered throughout the year, to prepare students towards the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency.

The holder of this certificate may act as Chief Mate on board any vessel on unlimited voyage, or as Master on vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage on near coastal voyage class 1 and class 2, or as Master on any vessel on sheltered waters voyage.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the fall term.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The program

The Chief Mate position is second in the line of command of the vessel after the Captain. The Chief Mate is responsible to the Captain for the security and safety of the vessel. Specific responsibilities include:

  • ensuring the safety of personnel on board
  • training in safety, firefighting and search and rescue
  • managing the deck department and crew
  • ensuring the safety of the ship’s cargo and ship’s maintenance.

This program is spread out over three terms as outlined below:

Term Months Registration
Winter January – March Starts mid-October
Spring/Summer April – August Starts mid-February
Fall September – December Starts early June

For further details on registration dates, contact the Marine Campus Registration Office at 604-453-4111.

The course schedule is planned out on a yearly basis. Some of the courses in the program are offered only once per year based on student demand. Students can only register for applicable courses during the registration period as outlined above.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Contact Us

BCIT Marine Campus Registration Office, 604-453-4111

Department Head:
Carl Marquardt at 604-453-4101

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