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:
This 12-week full-time entry-level program is based on modular courses and provides you with the following training certificates:
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).
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|Bridge Watch Rating|
|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.
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.
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: Bridgewatchrating_enhanced@bcit.ca
Contact the Bridge Watch Rating Program Coordinator for more information on the program or your funding eligibility.
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