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Recognition Program for Approved Ship Security Officer Training
|Originator||Marine Security Operations Tower B, Place de Ville 112 Kent Street, 14th Floor Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8||Telephone:||(613) 993-8525|
|Last Review||December 2007|
|Next Review||December 2008|
|Revision No.||Date of Issue||Affected Pages||Author(s)||Brief Description of Change|
|Draft||Nov. 2007||D. Michaud|
|Final||Dec. 2007||All||D. Michaud||Incorporation of stakeholder recommendations|
Important Notices and DisclaimersÉgalement disponible en français.
© Minister of Transport Canada, 2007
Permission is granted by the Department of Transport Canada (TC), Marine Security Operations, to copy and/or reproduce the contents of this publication in whole or in part provided that full acknowledgment is given to TC and that the material be accurately reproduced. While use of this material has been authorized, TC shall not be responsible for the manner in which the information is presented, nor for any interpretations thereof.
The information in this copy of this publication may not be up-to-date to reflect amendments made to original content. For up-to-date information, contact TC Marine Security Operations.
Upon successful completion of a SSO course, graduates will be issued a training certificate by the training institution.
In order to obtain a TC certificate of proficiency, an individual must provide the training certificate as proof of having successfully graduated from a course provided by a recognized institution specifically for the corresponding SSO training as defined in the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).
Once a graduate has a training certificate, he/she can then visit a marine point of service to obtain a TC certificate of proficiency. These offices are located in each region: Pacific, Prairie Northern, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic. For office locations and operating times, please consult TC Marine Safety’s website at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/marinesafety/training-examination-certification/menu.htm
An examiner at the marine point of service will review the training certificate along with proper identification in order to confirm an individual’s status.
The candidate must also substantiate that he/she is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, is at least 18 years of age, and has 12 months of sea service when calculated in accordance with sections 115, 116 and 118 or the Marine Personnel Regulations.
Individuals who graduated before January 1, 2008 from ship/vessel security officer training at one of the institutions listed in Schedule 0.1 of the MTSR may obtain a TC certificate of proficiency if they provide proof that they have successfully completed the Ship/Vessel Security Officer (S/VSO)1 course. They must also be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This grandfather clause will end July 1, 2009.
Upon determining that all requirements are met, the TC Marine Safety examiner will gather tombstone information from the individual, take his/her photograph if necessary, and where applicable, enter all information into the TC Central Registry of Seafarers databases.
The individual’s file will then be sent to TC Ottawa office for processing. Once issued, the certificate of proficiency will be returned to the marine point of service where the SSO will return to sign for receipt of the certificate. In the interim, an examiner’s certificate will be issued and used as proof of proficiency.
The only person who shall possess a certificate of proficiency will be the person to whom the certificate was issued.
There shall not be any modifications to, or tampering with, the TC Certificate of Proficiency. The certificate must be maintained in a state relative to when it was issued.
The Minister may refuse to issue a certificate of proficiency if the person is determined to have acted fraudulently or improperly or has misrepresented a material fact or public interest and, in particular, the record of the person warrants it.
In this case, the person will be notified of the refusal and given conditions for a request for review or an appeal.
1 International terminology uses “Ship Security Officer (SSO)” while Canadian terminology used “Vessel Security Officer (VSO)” up to the Jan 1, 2008 amendment when TC reverts to SSO for SOLAS Vessel.