Interested in becoming a Master on a vessel of less than 60 gross tonnage? With a 60 GT Limited Masters Certificate of Competency, you can be a master or a captain on a vessel under 60 gross tonnes, including charter boats or tug boats!

The Lax Kw’alaams Business Development wants to sponsor our members to obtain their Master Limited (60GT) Certificate of Competency.

After this course, you will be able to manage all aspects of the vessel’s operation.

From the Western Maritime Institute Website:

Your responsibilities will include

Ensuring the safe operation of the vessel at all times

Ensuring the vessel complies with local and international law

Ensuring the safety of all personnel on board

Ensuring the safe carriage of cargo or tow

Preparing voyage plans and recording all the vessel’s activities

Your Master Limited (under 60GT) Certificate of Competency will be limited to a named vessel (or sister vessels within a fleet), vessel type, gross tonnage and area of operation.

Western Maritime Institute’s Master Limited Certificate of Competency is made up of the following courses:

MED Domestic Vessel Safety (Former MED A1/A2)

Restricted Operator Certificate – Marine Commercial

Marine Basic First Aid

Chartwork and Pilotage, Level 1

Navigation Safety, Level 1

Students will then need to pass a Transport Canada oral exam on subject-matter appropriate to the area of operation and the vessel type and gross tonnage, to which the certificate relates.

Program requirements:

Math 10 (preferred)

At least 18 years of age

Must be a Lax Kw’alaams Band member

Two months of sea service performing deck duties

Sea Time Requirements for Master Limited (under 60GT)

An applicant for the Master Limited (60GT) Certificate of Competency must be at least 18 years old on the day he/she receives the certificate and must have acquired, after the age of 16, 2 months of sea time performing deck duties on vessel(s) of at least the same gross tonnage to the one for which he/she is seeking the certificate.

To apply, contact Lisa Girbav at the Lax Kw’alaams Business Development at 250-627-5799 ext. 2026

Application deadline: March 16th, 2018

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