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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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.
  • 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).

Program Entry

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

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain, or don’t meet the requirements, we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • It is strongly recommended that applicants have high school graduation.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

March, September and December

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

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.

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$500 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Required Courses Credits
  GMDS 1500 Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime Commercial 1.5
  MSSM 1025 Marine Basic First Aid 1.0
  MSSM 1030 Bridge Watch Rating 22.0
Additional Courses Credits

Note: For students who do not have Basic Safety Training and Survivial Craft, the following two additional courses are mandatory to meet Transport Canada's requirements:

  MEDI 1510 STCW Basic Safety 3.0
  MEDI 1810 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft 2.0

Note: Registration and payment for these additional courses are course-by-course through Part-time Studies.

Total Credits: 24.5

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

12 weeks

Program location

Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Women & Indigenous Learners

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

Chief Instructor:
Carl Marquardt at 604-453-4101

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