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List of Certificates of Competency, Training Certificates and other Equivalencies accepted as Proof of Competency when Operating a Pleasure Craft

Overview

Certificates of competency, training certificates and equivalencies directly pertaining to the operation of a vessel are recognized as proof of competency when operating a boat fitted with a motor that is used for recreational purposes. The current list contains over 90 such professional certificates, courses and equivalencies.

If you hold any certificate on this list, you just need to make sure you carry your certificate on board.  You may carry the original documentation or a copy of the certificate.

As Transport Canada is aware that professional mariners may prefer the convenience of carrying a wallet card, Transport Canada is currently working on developing a system to issue Pleasure Craft Operator Cards to those who hold an approved certificate. This page will be updated when that system is in place.  Check back here for updates.

List of Certificates of Competency, Training Certificates and other Equivalencies accepted as Proof of Competency

Under the Marine Certification Regulations (26)

Under the Marine Personnel Regulations (49)

Under the Masters and Mates Examination Regulations (17)

Training Certificates (2)

Other Equivalencies (4)

Canadian Coast Guard endorsements, certificates and training courses (8)

Department of National Defence Certificates and Training Courses (8)

Under the Marine Certification Regulations:

  1. Master Mariner
  2. Master Intermediate Voyage
  3. Master Local Voyage
  4. First Mate Intermediate Voyage
  5. First Mate, Local Voyage
  6. Watchkeeping Mate, ship
  7. Restricted Watchkeeping Mate, ship
  8. Watchkeeping Mate, MODU/Surface
  9. Watchkeeping Mate, MODU/Self-elevating
  10. Watchkeeping Mate, MODU/Inland
  11. Master, Ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, local voyage
  12. Master, Limited
  13. First Mate, Limited
  14. Fishing Master, First Class
  15. Fishing Master, Second class
  16. Fishing Master, Third Class
  17. Fishing Master, Fourth Class
  18. Certificate of service as master of a ship of not more than 1600 tons, gross tonnage
  19. Certificate of service as master of a fishing vessel of not more than 100 tons, gross tonnage
  20. Bridge Watchman
  21. Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
  22. Master, limited for a pleasure yacht of more than 20 m in length
  23. Master, limited for a short run ferry
  24. Master, limited for an intermediate run, ferry
  25. First Mate, limited for a short run ferry
  26. First Mate, limited for an intermediate run ferry

Under the Marine Personnel Regulations:

  1. Master Mariner
  2. Master, Near Coastal
  3. Master 3000 Gross Tonnage, Near Coastal
  4. Master 500 Gross Tonnage, Near Coastal
  5. Master 3000 Gross Tonnage, Domestic
  6. Master 500 Gross Tonnage, Domestic
  7. Master 150 Gross Tonnage, Domestic
  8. Master, Inland Waters
  9. Master, Ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, home trade voyage
  10. Master, Ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, inland waters voyage
  11. Certificate of Service as Master of a Steamship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage
  12. Master, Long Run Ferry
  13. Master, Intermediate Run Ferry
  14. Master, Short Run Ferry
  15. First Mate, Inland Waters
  16. First Mate, Long Run Ferry
  17. First Mate, Intermediate Run Ferry
  18. First Mate, Short Run Ferry
  19. Master, Limited for a Vessel of 60 Gross Tonnage or More
  20. Master, Limited for a Vessel of less than 60 Gross Tonnage
  21. Master 3000 Gross Tonnage, Domestic limited to a near coastal voyage, Class 2 if the voyage is a "minor Waters Voyage" as defined in the Canada Shipping Act, in the version that was in force immediately before coming into force of the Act
  22. Chief Mate
  23. Chief Mate, Near Coastal
  24. Watchkeeping Mate
  25. Watchkeeping Mate, Near Coastal
  26. Chief Mate 500 Gross Tonnage, Domestic
  27. Chief Mate 150 Gross Tonnage, Domestic
  28. Chief Mate, Limited for a Vessel of 60 Gross Tonnage or More
  29. Chief Mate, Limited for a Vessel of less than 60 Gross Tonnage
  30. Second mate, Inland Waters
  31. Fishing Master, First Class
  32. Fishing Master, Second Class
  33. Fishing Master, Third Class
  34. Fishing Master, Fourth Class
  35. Certificate of Service as Master of a Fishing Vessel of less than 60 gross Tonnage
  36. Certificate of Service as Watchkeeping Mate of a Fishing Vessel of less than 100 Gross Tonnage
  37. Fishing Master
  38. Fishing Master, Restricted
  39. Fishing Mate
  40. Watchkeeping mate, Fishing
  41. Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat
  42. Bridge Watch Rating
  43. Offshore Installation Manager, MOU/surface
  44. Offshore Installation Manager, MOU/self-elevating
  45. Barge Supervisor, MOU/surface
  46. Barge Supervisor, MOU/self-elevating
  47. Watchkeeping officer of a fishing vessel of not more than 150 gross tonnage and less than 24 metres in overall length
  48. Watchkeeping Mate of a fishing vessel of less than 24 m in length overall
  49. Certificate of service as Watchkeeping Mate of a fishing vessel of less than 24 metres in length

Under the Masters and Mates Examination Regulations:

  1. Master, Foreign-going
  2. Master, Foreign-going Certificate of Service
  3. Master Home Trade, First Mate Foreign-going
  4. Master, Home Trade
  5. Master, ship not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, home trade or inland waters
  6. Master, ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, home trade voyage
  7. First Mate, Foreign-going
  8. First Mate Home Trade, Second Mate Foreign-going
  9. First Mate, Home Trade
  10. Second Mate, Foreign-going
  11. Watchkeeping Mate
  12. Second Mate, Home Trade
  13. Master, ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, home trade voyage
  14. Master, ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, inland waters voyage
  15. Certificate of Service as Master of a steamship not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage
  16. Second Mate, Inland Waters
  17. Master, Minor Waters

Training Certificates:

  1. Basic Safety and Operator Proficiency for Small Non-Pleasure Craft in Sheltered Waters (MED A4) issued under the Marine Certification Regulations
  2. Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) training certificate issued under the Marine Personnel Regulationsor a SVOP card issued by Transport Canada

Other Equivalencies:

  1. Proof of at least seven fishing seasons, with no two of those seasons occurring in the same year, as master of a fishing vessel of up to 15 gross tonnage or not more than 12 m in overall length, acquired before July 1, 2007 in the form of a signed declaration or a Transport Canada card that is issued for the signed declaration (Subsection 212 (8) of the Marine Personnel Regulations)
  2. Small Vessel Operator – Commercial/Fishing Vessels issued by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
  3. Basic Safety For Fish Harvesters (5 Days) issued by the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board of Newfoundland and Labrador
  4. Proof of at least seven fishing seasons, with no two of those seasons occurring in the same year, as officer in charge of deck watch of a fishing vessel of up to 15 gross tonnage or not more than 12 m in overall length, acquired before July 1, 2007 in the form of a signed declaration or a Transport Canada card that is issued for the signed declaration. (Subsection 212 (8) of the Marine Personnel Regulations)

Canadian Coast Guard endorsements, certificates and training courses:

  1. Coast Guard Watchkeeping endorsement or Coast Guard Watchkeeping Certificate
  2. Coast Guard Command endorsement or Coast Guard Command Certificate
  3. Coast Guard Small Vessel Command endorsement or Coast Guard Small Vessel Command Course Certificate
  4. Fast Rescue Craft Course
  5. Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training
  6. Small Craft Operator - Advanced /RHIOT
  7. Small Craft Training
  8. Small Craft Operator – Basic

Department of National Defence Certificates and Training Courses:

  1. Upper Deck Watchkeeping
  2. Destroyer Navigating Officer
  3. Surface Ship Command
  4. Patrol Vessel Command
  5. Bridge Watchkeeping
  6. Deep Draught Officer or Fleet Navigating Officer
  7. Minor War vessel or Surface Ship Command (after 1997)
  8. Royal Canadian Navy Boat Coxswain Course