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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

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 Watchkeeping Mate Near Coastal program consists of modular based courses, offered throughout the year, to prepare students towards 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.

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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