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Occupation: Navigation Officers

(Third Mate, Second Mate, First Mate, Master Mariner)

Navigation officers are in charge of the safety of the ship and crew.  They safely navigate vessels and coordinate vessel operations, including cargo loading, cargo discharging and deck maintenance.

Program: Nautical Science

Institution: Marine Institute, St. John’s
Duration: Four years (seven academic terms, two technical sessions, and three work terms)

Entrance Requirements:

  • High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in:
    • English 3201
    • Mathematics: 3200, 3201, 3204, or 3205
    • Science: Biology 3201, Physics 3204, Chemistry 3202, or Earth Systems 3209
  • A signed medical from an approved doctor certifying physical fitness

Program Description:

The Diploma of Technology in Nautical Science is globally recognized and accredited by Transport Canada to prepare students for employment in marine transportation as ships’ officers.


The Government of Canada (Transport Canada) develops and enforces certification standards to ensure the safe operation of all marine vessels in Canada.  Navigation Officer graduates are prepared to write the Watchkeeping Mate certificate of competency exam from Transport Canada. Officers of the navigation watch can sail anywhere in the world.  Navigation officers with further experience can write exams for second mate, first mate and master mariner certificates of competency.