Approved Ship Security Training

Transport Canada’s Marine Security Program for Approved Ship Security Training is provided to ensure that training programs and courses offered by various providers meet the course content requirements as called for in the Marine Transportation Security Regulations as well as international requirements under the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 2010).

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Transport Canada
330 Sparks St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N5

Mandatory recognition program for approved ship security training courses

Transport Canada’s mandatory recognition program for approved ship security training courses aims to ensure that marine security training courses offered by various providers meet the course content requirements as called for in the Marine Transportation Security Regulations and the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW 2010) Code.  There are three (3) modules for training institutions that are part of the Recognition Program for Approved Ship Security Training Courses:

  • Ship Security Officer (SSO)
  • Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities (VPWSR)
  • Vessel Personnel without Security Responsibilities (VPWOSR)

More information may be found in the General Procedures, Submission Requirements and Course Standards

To request this document please contact Naim Nazha or Diane Couture.

List of Recognized Training Institutions/Organizations

This list reflects the recognition status granted to institutions/organizations exclusively under Transport Canada's Recognition Program for Approved Ship Training.

List of recognized institutions

Testimonial for seafarers with and without security responsibilities

The Marine Transportation Security Regulations published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on April 27, 2013, permits seafarers with and without security responsibilities who meet certain conditions to complete a testimonial. To see if you qualify, please review the Marine Security Operations Bulletin (MSOB) before completing the attached testimonial:

Procedures to obtain a testimonial and subsequent Certificate of Proficiency

Transport Canada, Marine Safety & Security Forms Unit, is in the process of converting the PDF fillable forms based on priority usage.

Forms are being reinstated in the external forms catalogue upon conversion.  In the meantime, if a form is not available online, stakeholders can order a PDF fillable form via e-mail (marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca). Our service standard is one business day.

If you have any questions beyond this, please contact Dianna Labine at 613-991-3136.

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